This is a good article about something I have read several times. It is stated pretty well with a good graphic. It deals with green and black tea with green tea helping slightly more than black tea though if you really like black tea and dislike green tea continue with black tea. I already really enjoy green tea and drink almost daily so I will continue. I believe part of the reason some people do not like green tea is that they use bagged tea, use boiling water and leave the bag tea until done drinking. A good quality loose leaf green tea with the correct temperature of water and not oversteeped can taste great. Oh, these articles are courtesy of the Specialty Tea Institute in New York City where I got my certified tea specialist certification from.
HOW TO MAKE THE BEST MATCHA GREEN TEA
How to Make the Best Matcha Green Tea
An interesting article with many great facts though there are a few things off with it. There are competition grade and heritage grade matchas. You can get quality matcha for a little less than stated, but for the most part, it does cost. The last thing is it is good it was mentioned not to use boiling water, but the water should be much lower than boiling and Japanese green teas usually have the lowest temperature anywhere from 125 F to 180 F. Matcha tea is on the middle end with somewhere between 140 to 160 F usually. Otherwise, it does give a very good overview of matcha teas with some really great facts and tips.
Another article from the Speciality Tea Institute. Most people know that green tea has health benefits. I have been telling people for a bit about Japanese green tea and it’s health benefits. Most people do not realize that how many different green teas are in Japan and are just starting to realize it’s health benefits. Other green teas are healthy too and have different characteristics. This post mentions The Book of Tea, Okakura Kakuzo saying “Tea began as medicine and grew into a beverage”. It also focuses on Japanese green teas. If you have a high quality Japanese green tea that is brewed properly it is very tasty and very healthy for you too.
Pretty good article about the latest study on fat storage and lowering blood glucose levels. Might have to start drinking more black tea. I want to thank the Specialty Tea Institute for providing me and other people this article. It is one of the advantages of becoming a certified tea specialist. I probably will mainly stick to Oolong and Green teas, but always knew that black tea had benefits too. This article proves some of its benefits.
This is good for the Chinese farmers and hope it happens for them. White tea continues to be very popular in China, so customers outside of China will have a hard time finding white tea and it may be pricier too. Today is the first day to traditionally harvest tea in China in the higher altitudes and a few weeks later for lower elevations. To read more please click on the link.
Pu-erh in a Tangerine
Golden Monkey Black
Below Milk Oolong
My favorite quote in the in the whole article is
Brew up a heart-healthy potion
No magic is needed to brew up a cup of green or black tea. Drinking one to three cups of tea per day may help lower your risk of heart problems, reports the AHA. For example, it’s linked to lower rates of angina and heart attacks.”
The other tips are very wise also. If you have a history of heart issues doing a few if all of the tips will help you greatly. It is easier to prevent than to treat with medicine most health issues.
Like most things getting the nutritional value it is best to get from the natural source. Vitamin A and C work best and absorb better when you get it from sweet potatoes and oranges or other similar sources. Same with the catechins in green tea, though it seems the supplements are actually too powerful, unlike vitamin supplements. Vitamin supplements tend to not be as good as the fruit or vegetables. Nowhere in the article is it saying that the catechins and EGCG’s are not good, but that green tea extracts tend to be too powerful. This is great news for anyone in the tea brewing business. A toast to drinking green tea and other teas too. It is good for you and tasty too.
Some more good news about green tea becoming more popular. Found this article about a week or two ago in the World Tea News. They have many articles about the tea industry, sometimes good, sometimes so-so, and sometimes bad. The main goal is to be accurate about various aspects of the tea industry. I have been lucky to have subscribed to this newsletter for over a dozen years. Learning trends and sometimes strifes that happen in areas of the tea growing world. It was nice to read an article that was predominately giving good news for my industry.
As a lover of Japanese green teas, I really like reading this article. Not only does Japanese green tea taste good to me and it is a very healthy beverage too.
Right now I only have 2 Japanese green teas: Sencha and Genmaicha, but can get special orders of almost any green tea from Japan. It may take awhile, but it is doable. I am waiting for my business to pick up a little before I do several grades of matcha tea. The photo below is Sencha tea.
Chinese style green tea is also very healthy and tasty too. Some people prefer one over the other, so choose the one you like the most. Be happy that you are enjoying a tasty beverage that is increasing in popularity and good for your health.