Why Buy Green Tea?
Green tea, derived from the camellia sinensis plant, is one of the most consumed teas in the world and was likely the first type of tea that was created. According to legend the Chinese emperor Shennong (a deity in Chinese folk religions) was boiling drinking water while traveling and a few leaves from the tea tree fell into his pot of water, creating a bright green up that was energizing.
Today, Green Tea is often consumed for its health properties, such as its high antioxidant content and moderate caffeine levels. To make green tea, first the tea leaves are plucked from the tea tree and taken to a processing facility. From there the tea leaves begin a process called withering, which speeds up the leaves’ oxidation and helps develop the taste, color, and caffeine content of the tea. Green teas are not completely oxidized (that’s for their black tea counterparts!) so when they reach the desired level of oxidization the leaves are the subjected to a process called shāqīng (pronounced shock-zing). The shāqīng process is different for each tea, but essentially involves using intense heat to stop or slow the oxidation process. In many green teas, such as our Sencha and Gyokuro teas, the shāqīng process consists of steaming the leaves. This ensures a bright green or emerald cup with a grassy flavor and scent. Other green teas, such as our Hojicha green tea, goes through its shāqīng process by being roasted over charcoal which creates an earthy brown cup and a warm and toasty flavor.
Green tea is often much more delicate than a robust black tea and as such needs to be treated with a little more care and attention to detail. When brewing green tea, make sure to use water that is 180°F - 195°F. Water that is boiling or near-boiling will make the tea bitter and astringent. Similarly, most green teas should only be brewed for two to three minutes as longer brewing times will have the same effect on the flavor of the tea. Any extra attention to be paid to your green tea is worth it, though! A nice cup of green tea is perfect for warming up or giving yourself a boost of energy!