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Green Tea

Green tea is made from the leaves of Camellia sinensis that have undergone minimal oxidation during processing. Green tea has grown in popularity in recent years, for its health benefits, fresh taste and lower caffeine levels compared to black tea. It’s a delicious drink that comes in a wide range of blends, from matcha green tea and sencha to lesser-known blends like gabalong tea.

What is green tea?

Green tea comes from the Camellia Sinensis plant, but unlike black and white tea, the younger buds and leaves are used. Green tea is less processed than other forms of tea, which is what gives it its lighter, fresher taste. 

Where did green tea originate from?

Green tea originates from China and Japan where it was first used for its medicinal and spiritual properties. This type of tea was believed to heal sickness and fatigue, and also lift the spirit. When it was first used, it was only produced in small batches, as it was a lengthy process that only the wealthy could afford. Traditional tea ceremonies are still performed to this day. 

What does green tea taste like?

Green tea has a grassy, fresh taste to it that also has a slight earthy taste. The tannins in green tea give it a slight bitterness, but less so than black tea.

Do you drink green tea with milk?

While green tea is typically drunk without milk, you can add milk to your cup of green tea – it’s just down to preference. 

Does green tea contain caffeine?

Yes, green tea does contain caffeine – on average, a cup of green tea contains around 25mg of caffeine. Green tea is picked from the same plant as white and black tea, but it’s processed differently which means the caffeine levels differ between varieties. In green tea, caffeine is released more slowly which produces more focused energy and a calming feeling. However, levels in green tea are lower than other beverages and it is safe to drink. 

How to brew green tea

To brew a cup of green tea, take one teaspoon of loose tea and blend in 80 degree water for three minutes, then strain into your cup of choice. Green tea is usually drunk without milk, but you can add lemon or milk for a different flavour if you prefer. 

What are the benefits of green tea?

Green tea is reported to have high levels of antioxidants which help to protect against cancer, lower the risk of heart disease, aid fat loss and improve brain function. It’s also suggested that green tea can provide more focused energy compared to black tea or coffee. 

Why should you trust our green tea?

We offer a wide variety of loose teas to choose from, all of which are sourced directly from tea growers and approved quality suppliers. Most of our tea is also sourced from Ethical Tea Partnerships growers and certified organic.