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Pure Green Tea

Pure green tea from China and Japan offers a delightful and diverse range of flavors, spanning from grassy and vegetal to sweet and floral. This minimally oxidized tea type has deep cultural roots and unique processing techniques in each country, resulting in distinct variations of taste and character.

Brewing Instructions:

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!

History:

Green tea has a long and rich history in both China and Japan. China is considered the birthplace of green tea, dating back to the Tang Dynasty (618-907). In the early days, green tea was primarily consumed for medicinal purposes. Later on, during the Song Dynasty (960-1279), tea became a cultural symbol and was enjoyed for its taste and artistry. Japan adopted green tea during the Heian period (794-1185) when Japanese monks, who studied in China, brought tea seeds back to Japan. The Japanese tea culture evolved with the introduction of the tea ceremony and the development of unique green tea varieties such as matcha, sencha, and gyokuro.

Possible Health Benefits:

Pure green tea from China and Japan may offer numerous health benefits thanks to its high concentration of antioxidants, particularly catechins. Studies suggest that green tea may help reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases, improve cognitive function, and support weight management. However, it is essential to note that individual results may vary, and more research is needed to establish a definite link between green tea consumption and specific health benefits.

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Thumbnail of Bi Luo Chun 碧螺春
Also known as Pi Lo Chun, this tea is renowned for its delicate appearance, vegetable taste, floral aroma, and showy white hairs.

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.

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Also known as Dragon well is produced by hand through a 10-part process. The side of West Lake in Zhejiang Province grows the tea used to produce Dragon well. Lung Ching is distinguished by its beautiful shape, emerald color, scented smell and tending sweet floral character.
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Gyokuro (meaning "precious dew") is a shaded green tea and considered one of the finest green teas in Japan. Infusion produces a light green color and a deep, complex flavor. Gyokuro has a unique sweetness since shade allows the tea to retain a high Theanine and chlorophyll content.
$10.50 Gyokuro
Thumbnail of High Mountain Green | Organic
The tea plants are grown high in the mountains in Hunan, China. For two hundred days a year the plants are shrouded in mountain mist. The tea leaves can be steeped hot or cold, producing a rich green tea flavor with smooth after taste.

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.

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Because Hojicha is roasted it gives this tea a mellow, slightly nutty flavor. The roasting process also produces low-caffeine, making it a wonderful evening tea.
$3.75 Hojicha
Thumbnail of Kabuse Cha | Organic

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.

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Thumbnail of Genmai Cha
Blend of tea leaves and roasted rice. The nutty and bright flavor of this tea makes it an American favorite.
$4.25 Genmai Cha
Thumbnail of Sencha | Organic
Organic Premium Sencha brews a bright, vegetal flavor that is slightly savory with a clean mineral finish. Robust enough to serve with food but is also delicious chilled. The second or third infusion yields a smooth, almost buttery mid-note.
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Steamed japanese sencha with roasted rice and matcha. This tea is high in caffeine and goes wonderfully with sushi and sashimi. The rice gives it a toasty taste and the matcha adds a deep sweet green tea flavor.
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Compared to Sencha, Bancha has a more robust flavor and vivid yellow color. Additionally, leaves harvested in late summer receive more sunlight and thus contain more Catechin, which has a high antioxidant effect. Due to the second harvest quality of the leaves, the resulting tea is considered more of an affordable everyday tea in Japan that is enjoyed by young and old alike.
$3.25 Bancha
Thumbnail of Wild Thai Green | Organic
Wild Thai Green is an amazingly refreshing and energetic drum-roasted green tea harvested from the antique Assamica gardens of northern Thailand. The elder tea trees growing in this remote micro-climate offer a unique aromatic complexity that reminds tea tasters of the higher grades of sun-dried Saiquing teas from Yunnan.
Thumbnail of Temple of Heaven Gunpowder | Organic
A strong green tea with a slight roasted quality.
Thumbnail of Roasted Kukicha (Twig Tea) | Organic
Kukicha, or twig tea, is a Japanese blend of green tea made of stems, stalks, and twigs, and has a nutty, slightly creamy flavor.

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.

Thumbnail of Long Ding 龙顶 Dragon Top
The tea is bright and lively with a unique sharpness accented with bouquet and a slight touch of herb. The body is deep and long for a baked green tea. Its character differentiates it well from other varieties in this region and adds an unmistakeable breadth in the taste spectrum of Chinese green teas.
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This tea may look like our Bi Luo Chun but don't let that fool you. This tea not only smells delicious, it brews into a beautiful cup of pure, Chinese green tea with a medium to light body, slight nutty quality and a smooth finish. As this tea cools, more of the vegetable notes come forward.
$4.00 Jade Pearl
Thumbnail of Darjeeling Green | Organic
Plucked in the early summer months of May and June, this stylishly rolled leaf is made from select shoots that draw their succulence from the late spring showers. The cup is clear amber, yet full bodied with an excellent flowery nose. The flavor of the tea is mature in comparison to the First Flush. In taste it has a complex layer of maltiness with musk and nutty undertones.
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For those who love the taste of green tea but need less caffeine, this is the tea for you. Grassy, bright, and mineral-y with a crisp finish.

Note that using a more leaves per cup is a common approach when brewing decaffeinated teas, as they do brew a little lighter.

$5.00 Decaf Green
Thumbnail of Green Kukicha | Organic
Green Kukicha is a bright, fresh tea from Japan consisting of the yellow stems and green leaves of the tea plant. The resulting tea has less caffeine than green tea from leaves alone. In the cup, this tea produces a sweet vegetal taste true to Japanese teas with a hint of the ocean flavor.
Thumbnail of Mao Jian Green | Organic
The tea plants are grown high in the mountains in Hunan, China. For two hundred days a year the plants are shrouded in mountain mist. The tea leaves can be steeped hot or cold, producing a rich green tea flavor with smooth after taste.

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.

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This is a blend of white tea buds from China and sencha from Japan. These types of teas are not often blended given the historical context, and flavor profiles. However we have found them to be wonderful together!