Green Tea is made from the leaves of the Camellia Sinensis plant, without the additional withering and oxidisation process used to produce black teas and oolong teas. Harvested when the antioxidant content is at its peak, the fresh green tea leaves are then usually either pan-fried or steamed then dried to prevent further fermentation and oxidisation. This process allows the leaves to maintain their rich green colour and locks in high levels of the beneficial polyphenols found in tea.
Brewing is an important consideration with green tea, requiring a lower temperature and shorter brewing times in order to reap the maximum benefits of both flavour and health benefits. A good loose leaf green tea can also produce multiple steeps, often allowing 2 or even three infusions from a single serving of leaves.
Brewing too hot, too long or a combination of the two often results in the bitter, astringent taste often associated with bad green teas, but with high-quality leaves and careful brewing you will easily enjoy a delicately delicious and beneficial brew.
The health benefits associated with green tea are widespread, from reducing the risk of heart disease by up to 30%, reducing cholesterol levels, improving bone density and helping the fight against several types of cancer, through to anti-ageing effects, improved brain function and weight-loss.
Green tea contains a high concentration of polyphenols (which can be as high as 30% by weight) making it an amazing source of catechins, a natural anti-oxidant helpful in slowing the ageing process as well as in the management of many diseases.
Several studies have shown elements found in green tea to be effective in boosting metabolism as well as improving fat burning processes in the body, allowing you to add a delicious extra element to your weight loss routines.
It has also shown to help improve insulin sensitivity and help manage blood sugar levels which can help combat Type 2 diabetes.
It's not all about offsetting illness though, loose leaf green tea has huge potential to boost brain power! The combination of the stimulating effects from caffeine alongside the anti-anxiety and focus boosting effects associated with the amino acid L-Theanine, mean green tea consumption can provide more stable energy, providing a more balanced, focused and calm boost than found with coffee, resulting in improved accuracy and alertness in your daily tasks at home or in the workplace.
All in all, green tea is a wonderful way to enjoy a delicious and delicate infusion while reaping no end of benefits.
You can check out our range of speciality loose leaf green teas below and find the one that's just right for you.