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Did you know that most of the free-radical fighters in green tea never make it to your bloodstream? But there's a solution.

Catechins -- the antioxidants in green tea famous for lowering your risk of chronic disease -- quickly lose their power in your intestine. In fact, as much as 80% of the catechins in green tea are never absorbed. The solution to boosting absorption, researchers recently found, is as simple as flavoring your tea with freshly squeezed and strained lemon, orange, lime, or grapefruit juice.

Health Benefits. Over the last few decades green tea has been subjected to many scientific and medical studies to determine the extent of its long-purported health benefits. Some evidence suggests regular green tea drinkers may have lower chances of heart disease and developing certain types of cancer. Green tea has also been claimed useful for weight loss management.

Facts about Green Tea

Appearance. Green tea appears pale green when steeped. Many lovers of green tea prefer to drink their favorite tea from glass tea cups, so that they may enjoy its delicate tinge.

Flavor. The flavor of green tea is astringent and fresh, but stronger than white tea.

Antioxidants content. Green tea has a good concentration of antioxidants. The antioxidants in tea are called polyphenols, and all teas contain polyphenols to a varying degree. Because black tea is allowed to oxidize, antioxidants are broken down, lowering the antioxidant content in black tea.

Caffeine content. Green tea has a lower caffeine content than black tea. Green teas have about a third the caffeine content of a cup of coffee.

Packaging. Green tea comes in either bags, loose leaves, powder or pearls. Matcha green tea is a powder used in the Japanese Tea Ceremony. Gunpowder green tea is in "pearls" - rolled up teas that unfold beautifully when steeped.

Preparation. Green tea brewing time and temperature varies with individual teas. Green tea should be steeping in water at a lower temperature than black tea and for less time. The hottest brewing temperatures are 170°F to 185°F (81°C to 87°C) water and the longest steeping times 2 to 3 minutes. The coolest brewing temperatures are 140°F to 150°F (61°C to 65°C) and the shortest times about 30 seconds. In general, lower quality green teas are steeped hotter and longer, while higher quality teas are steeped cooler and shorter.

The Right Water temperature. Gyokuro, one of the highest grades, is best brewed at 122°F - 140°F (50°C - 60°C). Spring-picked Sencha tastes best at 160°F - 170°F (70°C - 80°C). Summer-harvested Bancha and Genmaicha will exhibit their best flavor with a short infusion at higher temperatures of 170°F - 185°F (80°C - 90°C).

Drinking. Green tea, however, should not be mixed with anything, but simply enjoyed on its own. The casein in milk or cream will neutralize the beneficial properties of the antioxidants.

Price. Green tea can be much higher than ordinary tea. Some rare green teas command quite a high price, but most are quite reasonable and have lots of flavor and all the health benefits.

Manufacture. Green tea is made from more mature tea leaves than white tea, and may be withered prior to steaming or firing. Green tea is a type of tea made solely with the leaves of Camellia sinensis, that has undergone minimal oxidation during processing.

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Sencha Premier Green tea

A Japanese green tea that is truly sublime. Made only from the dark green leaves gathered in the early spring flush, this tea infuses with an aroma and taste unsurpassed by any other. A unique treat. Best brewed 160°F - 170°F.

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Dragonwell Green tea

Dragon Well tea has a distinguished shape. Its leaves are broad and flat, a result of laborious drying. Dragon Well tea is refreshingly smooth, sweet and delicate, among the very best of Chinese greens. Our 'Dragon Well Requiem' is a First Grade version of this truly sublime tea.

4 oz. Tin only $19.00 Green Sampler

gyokuro Green tea

Gyokuro, meaning 'pearl dew,' is among the finest of Japanese teas. Made solely from the prized tender buds gathered in the early spring flush. Three weeks prior to plucking, tea bushes are shaded from the sun. The fruits of this hard work are evident in each cup. Best brewed 160°F - 170°F.

5 oz. Tin only $39.00 Green Sampler

Citron Green tea

Green tea from China with the delicate flavors of lemon and lime. Just the right touch of citrus flavors to liven up the cup. Makes a light and refreshing drink that's popular both hot and iced. If you are new to green tea, this lightly flavored tea may be a good place to start.

4 oz. Tin only $6.00 Green Sampler

Earl Grey Green tea

Green tea from China with the robust flavors of bergamot. Makes a light and refreshing drink that's popular both hot and iced. If you are new to green tea, this flavored tea may be a good place to start.

4 oz. Tin only $6.00 Green Sampler

Genmai Cha Green tea

Exotic Japanese recipe that combines popped rice and popcorn with tender and delicate green tea leaves. First used by peasants as a cost-saving measure, our 'Genmai Cha Pop' tea is now equally popular with modern urbanites.
A sweet and nutty flavor.

5 oz. Tin only $11.00 Green Sampler

Japanese Gunpowder Green tea

Gunpowder tea is made up of leaves hand-rolled into tiny pellets. This '1812 Gunpowder' produces a full-bodied cup with a hint of smokiness.

6 oz. Tin only $8.00 Green Sampler

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Delicious Green Teas from Teavana - Green tea has long been praised for its health benefits, but the clean, delicious taste of green tea is why they are becoming so popular. Green tea is very high in antioxidants that boost the immune system and may help to reduce the risk of cancer.


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