Do you already love loose leaf green tea? Or perhaps you’ve heard it’s super healthy, and now you want to know more? Either way, you’ll fall in love with our teas at first sight. Since we love our customers, we create our green tea blends to refresh, delight, and inspire — any time you need a little pick-me-up!
Scroll down and read more about the loose leaf green tea blends we love. As always, our goal is to make the most enjoyable and beautiful teas and herbal blends for our CommuniTea Center family.
(Or, if you’re ready to purchase loose leaf green tea, head directly to our web store!)
What is Green Tea?
Like all true teas, green tea comes from Camellia sinensis, the same plant as other types of tea (black, white, oolong, etc.). What sets it apart is that the leaves are heated to stop oxidation shortly after plucking or withering. Oxidation is a chemical reaction that occurs when the enzymes in the leaf contact oxygen in the air. (It’s the same process when you slice an apple and the pieces turn brown over time.)
Because it’s unoxidized, green tea has very high amounts of antioxidants.
Why Loose Leaf Green Tea?
Although they all come from the same “stuff,” loose leaf green tea is considered superior to bagged tea. Why? Well, the tiny pieces in tea bags are usually low quality dust and fannings broken off from larger tea leaves. The natural essential oils that give the tea its yummy flavor and aroma evaporate really quickly from the tiny particles. The result is a rather blah brew in your cup.
On the other hand, properly infusing loose leaf green tea allows the hot water to surround every inch of the tea,
producing a fresh, full flavor. Yum!
What are the Health Benefits of Loose Leaf Green Tea?
First of all, all true teas contain some level of antioxidants called flavonoids (like EGCG), which may help neutralize free radicals. Free radical damage is thought to contribute to cancer, heart disease, and clogged arteries.
In particular, green tea may improve blood flow, lower cholesterol, and protect against many heart-related issues, like high blood pressure and congestive heart failure.
Furthermore, the dehydration method used in processing green tea produces an especially high polyphenol content. Polyphenols (like catechins) shield the body from cell damage by fighting the breakdown of cellular membranes caused by stressors such as smoke, pollution, or viruses. Green tea also contains more iron and vitamins than black tea.
Random Fun Fact:
Green tea was probably the first tea ever discovered! According to Chinese legend, in 2737 BC, Emperor Shen Nong fell asleep under a tree while boiling some water to purify it. After he awakened, he saw some mysterious leaves had fallen into the water. Since he was a curious fellow, he tasted the infusion and discovered that it was both detoxifying and refreshing. Tah dah… TEA!!
Thanks to Shen Nong, humans have enjoyed this delicious beverage for thousands of years.
General Steeping Tips for Loose Leaf Green Tea
- Serving size: Use 1 teaspoon to 1 heaping teaspoon tea leaves per 8 oz water
- Water temperature: 170°-180°. Almost every green tea tastes best when infused with water well under a boil.
- Steep Time: 2 to 3 minutes. Then be sure to remove the tea leaves to avoid bitterness.
To take the guesswork out, each package of CommuniTea Center tea has recommendations for preparing one serving of tea. For further reading and steeping tips, check out All About Teas!
If you are interested in serving, retailing, or private-labeling loose leaf green tea (or any other tea type/s), please visit our Wholesale Inquiry page.
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