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fresh, vegetal, clean
Tea Benefits of Green Tea:
• Delicious source of antioxidants. Contains EGCG complex.
• May aid in boosting the immune system
• Use as part of your diet to help maintain a healthy blood sugar level
• Contains 5-10% of the caffeine in a cup of coffee

Green Tea, best known for its grassy vegetal notes and greenish liquor and leaves, is quickly steamed or pan-fired to denature the oxidizing enzymes, and to preserve its characteristic freshness. While all tea is antioxidant-rich, some speculate that the minimal processing undergone by green tea allows more antioxidants to reach your cup. Without oxidation however, green teas must be steeped more carefully, as they can become bitter if steeped too long or at too hot a temperature. Green tea should never be steeped with boiling water. Near boiling or even cooler will produce much better results.

Among our notable green teas is the distinctive Gunpowder tea, so named for its resemblance to actual gunpowder. Iindividual leaves are roasted in a pan, then hand-rolled into pellets resembling the gunpowder pellets used in British cannons. Other green teas, including ours, are known for having additional flavors incorporated into their blends. For example, mango, jasmine and other spring flowers can be found in our Green Tango, Jasmine Green, and Oasis teas.

Finally, no discussion on green tea would be complete without mentioning the one tea with which we are probably most familiar, Japanese-style Sencha. For many, a taste for green tea was formed at a sushi restaurant where Sencha is often served at the end of an artfully created repast. Sencha warms the soul, cleanses the palate and remains one of our favorite greens.

In general, when making green tea, hot water should be at 175º (adding two ice cubes for every 8 oz of boiling water achieves approximately this temperature).  Use 1 tsp per 8 oz of water and steep for one minute; hand-rolled teas like Jasmine Pearl tea will take about a minute longer (to allow the pearl to unfurl first) and shade grown tender teabud teas like Gyuokuro need only 30-45 seconds to steep. Each of Teavana’s loose green teas will come with specific preparation instructions, including the amount of tea to use per 8 oz. of water, at what temperature the water should be, and how long the tea must steep before it is ready.  Please refer to the individual tea's preparation instructions on how to make the perfect cup of green tea.