Tea Talk Tuesday – What is Green Tea?

By Heidi

Last week, we learned about Black Tea, the first of the “real” teas from the Camelia Sinensis plant. This week, we’re moving on to another true tea — Green Tea.

True Tea Comes from the Camellia Sinensis Plant

Black, Green, and White teas all come from the same plant! It’s called Camellia Sinensis (ca-MEEL-e a sy-NEN-sis). Oolong and Pu’erh teas also come from this same plant. Over the weeks to come, we’ll discuss all of them.

Green Tea Characteristics

Green tea is a mature leaf tea that has not been oxidized to retain fresh flavor.

The leaves of green tea are pan fired or steamed and quickly oven dried.

Green tea is a traditional tea variety.

Flavors range from sweet to smoky.

Using a scale of 1-3 teacups, Green Tea contains 1 1/2 teacups of caffeine.

Green Tea should be steeped for 2 minutes and can be steeped three times. What this means is that from one scoop of tea, you get 3 (THREE!) servings!

Green tea is delicious both hot and iced, but I much prefer it iced in the summer months. Our recently vaulted Berry Mojito has been my favorite iced tea flavor this summer. But, we have other great options for icing as well. I …read more

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