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Green tea, a product of the Camellia sinensis plant with minimal oxidation, holds a cherished history and deep cultural importance in countries such as China and Japan. Its distinctive flavor profiles, ranging from grassy and vegetal to sweet and floral, have garnered increasing popularity in the West. Along with its delightful taste, green tea's potential health benefits continue to captivate the interest of tea aficionados worldwide.
Use one teaspoon of tea per 8 ounces of water. Generally, use 180°F water (not boiling) for Chinese tea and 160°F water for Japanese green teas. Steep for 2-3 minutes. Higher-quality green teas may require cooler water and shorter steeping times. Start by following the specific instructions provided with your tea. Until you are familiar with it enough to know what you like!
Green tea has a long and storied history spanning nearly 5,000 years, with China and Japan playing central roles in its development and cultural significance. In ancient China, green tea was initially used for medicinal purposes before evolving into a beloved daily beverage. It was during the Tang Dynasty (618-907) that Chinese tea culture began to flourish, and the famous poet and tea connoisseur Lu Yu wrote "The Classic of Tea," an influential treatise on tea cultivation and preparation. In Japan, green tea was introduced by Buddhist monks returning from China during the 9th century. By the 12th century, tea had become an integral part of Japanese culture, with the development of the Japanese tea ceremony, or chanoyu, highlighting its revered status in society.
Green tea has been linked to various health benefits, such as reduced mortality due to cardiovascular disease, lower prevalence of cognitive impairment, improved cholesterol levels, weight management, and alleviation of rheumatoid arthritis symptoms. These benefits are attributed to its high levels of polyphenols and other antioxidants.
The shape and taste of this brewed tea will change with each year's harvest. We recommend that if you have not tried this tea in several months since last ordering, it is best to re-order a smaller amount to confirm that the latest batch is to your taste.
Kirameki Sencha ( ) - now called Kabuse Cha - carries the nuance of shimmering light as it dances on and through cool, refreshing water. The leaves produce tea that is light and refreshing, perfect as a cool drink to quench your thirst on hot summer days.
Grown on a south-facing hillside, the fields have good exposure to the sun and wind. Combining the strong summer sun, more mature leaves and the two-week covering technique used in producing Kabuse Sencha, the characteristic of the tea leaves is that its sweetness is light and refreshing.
Easy preparation is achieved by placing 1/2 teaspoon of matcha per cup (or to taste) in a cup, adding a few drops of hot water (160-180F) and stirring with a spoon until a paste forms. Add the rest of the water and stir.
Uniquely flavorful, kukicha is also one of the preferred teas of the macrobiotic diet. Kukicha can also be added to juice to make a children's drink. Kukicha is a powerful antioxidant and is very low in caffeine, in fact the lowest in caffeine of all traditional teas.
Note that using a more leaves per cup is a common approach when brewing decaffeinated teas, as they do brew a little lighter.
This is the first level of ceremonial grade matcha and is the overall middle grade matcha we carry.
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