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The History of Green Tea

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"If black tea is queen in the West, green tea is surely emperor in the East. The delicate beverage has dominated there since the dawn of tea drinking some 5,000 years ago in China."

How Is Green Tea Made

Green tea is made from the unoxidized leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant. In order to preserve the green quality and prevent oxidization, the leaves are plucked, faintly withered and then immediately cooked.

 

Green tea is widely considered one of the healthiest beverages on the planet next to water. This is because it contains significantly higher concentrations of chlorophyll, polyphenols and antioxidants than other teas. Some of the health benefits reputed to green tea include improved brain function, lower risk of cancer and fat loss. Many of our customers who have had cancer love our green teas, especially our Pomegranate Rose and Strawberry Stunner and our Recovery Green Tea.

The Methods

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How to Grow Green Tea

There are two ways of growing green tea, sun grown and shade grown. The leaves are harvested three times a year, with the first flush producing the highest-quality leaves. Unlike black tea, the heating process varies drastically by region, as well as by tea maker. Two of the most common methods used to manufacture green teas are steaming and pan firing.

 

Deep Steaming:

 

The method most commonly used to manufacture Japanese green teas. It results in a bright green infusion.

 

Pan Firing:

 

In China on the other hand, tea makers roast their green teas in a pain or wok to nuetralize the natural enzymes. The Leaves are then dried, resulting in a pale green color.

Types of Green Tea

JAPANESE GREEN TEA

Matcha: If you’ve experienced or heard about Japanese tea ceremonies, then you’ve most likely heard of matcha. Made from Tencha leaves that are ground up into powder, rather than being rolled like most teas, this tea is prepared by whisking it with hot water in a ceramic bowl.

Matcha has a natural sweetness, due to high levels of amino acids in the tea. The better the quality of matcha tea, the sweeter and deeper its flavor. Matcha is also gaining popularity as a cooking ingredient and has been used in Acai Bowls, brownies, smoothies and other delicious treats.

JAPANESE GREEN TEA

Gyokoro: If you’re looking for the most treasured and sought-after tea in Japan, try Gyokoro. Also known as Jade Dew Tea, this variety’s leaves are rolled into a thin, needlelike shape. In the last few weeks before Gyokoro leaves are plucked, growers shade them to intensify their color and flavor. Sencha: This is the most common green tea from Japan, making up over 80 percent of the tea produced there. Made from leaves that are steamed and rolled into long, skinny strands, it's also the base for many of Grey & Bash Tea's custom crafted blends which you can find below.

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CHINA GREEN TEA

Gunpowder: This tea gets its name from the way its leaves look. Gunpowder tea leaves are hand-shaped into small spheres that look oddly similar to gunpowder. Expect a nice, brisk and smoky flavor. Longjing or Dragonwell: These teas have distinctive flat, smooth, sword-shaped leaves and a pan-fired, toasty taste.

Caffeine Content of Green Tea

In general, you can assume that each 8-ounce cup of green tea will yield anywhere from 15 to 70 milligrams of caffeine. How long the tea is steeped will affect this number greatly, however. The longer the steeping, the higher the caffeine. While all of our teas can be steeped multiple times, the caffeine content will lessen each time.as

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Our Best Sellers

Here at Grey and Bash Teas, you can find a large selection of delicious organic and non-organic Green Tea Options. Green Tea is one of the most popular types of tea — and it’s not just because people like the taste. Green tea is prized for being one of the healthiest beverages available, so much so that it has achieved superdrink status in recent years.

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Strawberry Stunner

Our strawberry Stunner makes an excellent base for a summer smoothie and is delicious when made as iced tea! But don't let the name fool you. Our Strawberry Stunner Green Tea is as delicious hot as it is iced! This tea is blended with green teas, freeze-dried berries, organic lemongrass, hibiscus and flavor.

Mango MajesTEA

A Match Made in Paradise! Green Tea meets Juicy mango and fresh guava for this tropical indulgence.


Ingredients: Green tea, mango pieces, apple, artificial flavoring, freeze-dried guava (guava puree, concentrated apple puree, concentrated apple juice), beetroot, pink cornflower.

Recovery Tea

Our 100% USDA Certified Organic Green Tea infusion is just what you need to replenish yourself after an intense workout. Holy Basil (Rama) may help lower blood sugar and is famous for its de-stressing properties, and licorice root and lemon myrtle add their own goodness. . . adding a beautiful flavor as well. Even the citrus pieces are organic. If you aren't a fan of licorice, don't worry! You'll receive the benefits without noticing the taste!

 

Sweet ClariTEA

Achieve new levels of Sweet ClariTEA with this delightful pineapple strawberry green tea.

 

Ingredients: Green tea, Mini Tuo Tea, candied pineapple pieces (pineapple, sugar), flavor, strawberry pieces, sunflower petals.

Jade Citrus Mint Green Tea

Our organic Jade Citrus Mint Green Tea is blended with Himalayan green tea, citrus pieces, lemongrass, verbena and mint for this refreshing green tea! This is a delicious tea to drink as a late afternoon pick me up as it doesn't contain too much caffeine. The mint will also help with those tummy troubles you find yourself having!