What is green tea?
Every Green tea, whether it’s our own scrumptious English Green Tea or a strong green matcha tea, comes from Camellia sinensis (maybe mention which strain) bush originating from China. Famed for its medicinal benefits and refreshing taste, green tea divides the nation for its unique flavour profile.
Until the late sixteenth century when tea finally reached Europe, all tea drank in the world was green tea. The brewing process always involved steaming the Camellia Sinensis leaves to preserve the natural pigmentation of the leaf. This changed with foreign export, where The new innovative method of naturally oxidising the leaf to create a black tea was found to keep better. China continued to drink Green Tea and it is still the most popular drink of the nation over Black Tea and Coffee.
How we process our green tea?
How much green tea should you drink?
Green tea is known for boosting the metabolic rate and reportedly aiding weight loss which makes it a great daily beverage. Please be reminded that green tea is a naturally caffeinated drink, so please look to our herbal infusions if you’re advised to reduce your caffeine content.
The Difference between black and green tea?
The only difference between black and green teas comes in the process of heating the leaves before oxidisation. Green tea is heated straight after harvesting to reduce oxidation, which gives green tea its lighter colour when brewed and in body. Black tea on the other hand is left to oxidise before it is fully processed.
What are the reported health benefits of green tea
- Helps regulate glucose levels, slowing the rise of blood sugar after eating
- Healthy teeth – green tea can kill bacteria, which improves dental health and lowers the risk of infection.
- Reduces bad cholesterol in the blood
How should Green Tea Taste when Brewed properly?
Green tea if brewed to perfection should be refreshing and bittersweet, but if brewed wrong, the bitterness can be overpowering. Therefore, it is important Green tea is brewed perfectly which you can distinguish a well-brewed green tea from its lightness in colour.
The water should be at 80c when you brew green tea. Brew for 2 to 4 minutes depending on how strong you like your tea – we recommend 3 minutes of steeping time before tasting. Green Tea should be served without milk and can be sweetened with honey or sugar to taste.
Dependant on how strong you like your tea; we suggest adding 2-4 grams of tea per your standard 350ml mug. Because the leaves are longer in loose-leaf, you may want to leave your green tea brewing for an extra minute over teabags so you can achieve a full infusion.