What Is Green Tea?
Jasmine. Mint. Matcha. There are so many subtle flavours that make up Green Tea! (Not to ruin the surprise, but we’ll be talking about more mouth-watering varieties down below). Green tea is a delicious brew made from the Camellia Sinensis plant. Fun fact: Oolong, Black, and White tea are also made from Camellia Sinensis leaves! It’s how the leaves are treated that create the different varie-teas of tea.
For Green Tea, the leaves are steamed and pan-fried, before a special drying process. Green tea is not fermented, so it retains its polyphenol molecules. Since Green Tea is the least processed of all the Camellia Sinensis teas, it has the most benefits! Below, we’ll be talking about how polyphenols bring so many benefits to each sip. And there are a bunch of other perks as well, from better teeth to even a reduced risk of cancer.
Most Green Teas are caffeinated. They have a delightfully light and herby taste. Ours are the perfect mix of zin and zen. They bring a bit of balance to our day and keep us centered! But there are plenty of other benefits as well…
Brief history of Green Tea
Legend has it that tea was invented in Southwest China almost 5,000 years ago. The Chinese Emperor and famous herbalist Shen Nong was boiling a hot cup of water under a tree. Leaves from the tree fell into his water. Shen Nong sipped this accidental brew without knowing that the leaves were from a tea tree! He felt refreshed and noticed how delicious this new drink was and….voila, that’s how tea was invented!
Green tea makes appearances in historical Chinese texts from as far back as 600 AD and 1211. Zen priests and Emperors alike lauded its taste and qualities. It was associated with many daily rituals, ceremonies, and medicinal properties.
Green tea was also very popular amongst Buddhist monks, starting back in 500 BC! They grew, harvested, and produced tea in monasteries. They used it as a refreshing substitute to alcohol. Green tea also became an important aid to meditation. Today, it still helps to bring a bit of balance in each sip.
In the 1800s, European Explorers helped spread the discovery of green tea west. It is still immensely popular all over the world today! Over 600,000 tonnes of green tea are consumed every year across the globe. This accounts for ⅕ of the total consumption of any kind of tea!
Types of Green Tea
There are many types of Green Tea that all range in how they benefit the human body. Leafy Bean Co. has selected the tastiest brews, teaming with quali-tea ingredients! We have three completely different varie-teas that show off the range of what green tea can do!
Go Green is our whole-leaf Japanese Sencha Green Tea. It is made of pure green tea leaves. It tastes light and herby, with a touch of sea tang. Just one sip will have you centred in no time! Plus, we like to Go Green with more than just our flavours! All of our teas come in completely recyclable packaging, from the box to the inner bag. And as an independent business, we are proud to only partner with suppliers who care about the environment just as much as we do!
Pure Content-Mint is the perfect mix of zing and zen. It combines Chinese Pinhead Gunpowder Green Tea with fresh peppermint and spearmint. This infusion of calming green tea with cool mint brings a perfect blend of balance! When it comes to being cool, it’s all on the inside, so sip away.
Cheeky Cheery Cherry is a green tea that brings a full party of flavours for your taste buds! First, it has sweet green whole leaf tea. Then, add juicy cherries, apple, and orange. Plus, a little hint of rose petals! When it comes to the tangy tastes of summer, you can’t beat this — it packs a fruity punch. Three cheers for cherry!
Green Tea brings plenty to the table with just its taste. But there’s lots to celebrate about its health benefits as well!
Is Green Tea good for you? (benefits)
Green Tea isn’t just good for you…it’s great for you!
Drinking green tea has been connected with a lesser risk of clogged arteries. This reduces your risk of heart disease. It’s also linked to reduced risk of certain cancers, such as endometrial and ovarian cancer. It may also be useful in lowering cholesterol.
Another benefit of green tea is that it speeds up your metabolism. This will make you feel more alert in general, but it also increases fat-burning in your body! And if you care about keeping your teeth and gums squeaky-clean, we have great news. The catechins found in green tea fight against oral bacteria!
If you’re needing a bit of a buzz, green tea provides a natural manner of consuming caffeine. This can help stimulate your day and bring you plenty of energy! It also helps improve brain function, and it affects your mood and productivity. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again. Tea is truly a superpower in a mug!
We’ve barely started covering the fascina-tea-ing tidbits about green tea. Check out our info page for more brews and news! Calling all history buffs — we have posts uncovering even more of tea’s past. And as always, please feel free to contact us and reach out! Tea has so many benefits, from health to comfort. But our favourite is the opportunity to meet new people over the mutual joy of a good cuppa! We love green tea and we love our Leafy Bean Co. Communi-tea!