Green Tea Varieties

All green teas originate from the same species, the Camelia Sinensis. To make green tea, the fresh tea leaves are briefly cooked using either steam or dry heat. This process fixes the green colors and fresh flavors. The Chinese green teas are more mellow and smooth, while the Japanese green teas have the heft of rich, vegetal flavors, which comes from preservation of the chlorophyll.The general rule is that a cup of green tea contains about one-third as much caffeine as a cup of coffee. Green tea production methods vary but the focus is always to fix the green color. Thus, green teas are not oxidized. We carefully select our green teas from the best tea leaf fields in China and Japan. Don't forget to check out our tea collections, where you will find all things tea.

  • Chinese Green Teas

    Chinese Green Teas

    This is where it (tea) all started! So the traditions of tea are the deepest and the choice of delicious teas are the most diverse.

  • Flavored Green Teas

    Flavored Green Teas

    We source the best type of green tea: either the light and sweet bancha, or more strongly flavored gunpowder or chun mee – then add flavors, flowers and other botanicals to create beautiful and exotic green tea blends.

  • Green Teas from Other Regions

    Green Teas from Other Regions

    Green teas come from all over the place, like South Korean & Colombia.

  • Japanese Green Tea

    Japanese Green Teas

    The Japanese have been drinking green teas for many centuries. As tea was popularized in 1800s, many different teas developed. We offer a wide selection of these teas, some that are rarely seen outside of Japan.

Green Tea Origins

Green teas are the most ancient of all tea varieties. Originally from China, they were also transplanted to Japan many centuries ago. While China has been producing tea for over five thousand years, the Japanese have made the tea in earnest for just the last five hundred. For thousands of years, green tea leaves were used as currency, as they were so valued within the culture.

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Green Tea Origins
How to Brew Green Tea

How To Brew Green Tea

  1. In your teapot, or filter, add 1 teaspoon of loose tea for each cup of tea you're brewing.
  2. Pour fresh water over the tea or tea bag. This super-saturates the tea, allowing the perfect extraction of the flavor.
  3. The water temperature should be 160°F - 180°F, well under the boiling point. If you don't have an electric kettle or thermometer handy, an easy rule is 1/4 room temp water to 3/4 boiling water. Let the tea steep for 1-3 minutes.
  4. Use a brew-in infuser in order to remove the tea leaves immediately, which eliminates any opportunity to accidentally over-steep. Pour the freshly brewed tea into your selected cup.

Green Tea Brewing Temperature

Green teas vary on their optimal brewing temperature based on their origin. Japanese green tea leaves are the most delicate and taste best when brewed at 160° F. Chinese green tea leaves can take a little more heat at 175° F. If you bring your water to the boiling point, you will scorch the tea, ruining the flavor. You can use electric water-dispensing pots to heat water to exact temperatures, or you can insert instant-read thermometers to check water temperature prior to pouring over your green tea leaves.

Green Tea Brewing Temperature
Green Tea Brewing Time

Green Tea Brewing Time

Green tea leaves should steep for at least 1-3 minutes, depending on the blend and origin. Japanese green teas often only need a minute or so to steep. However, each batch and each drinker’s palate will dictate the proper brewing time. Observing both the tea liquor and body will help you gauge whether you have brewed your tea for the correct amount of time.

If you’re looking for a stronger cup of tea, it’s best to increase the amount of tea used instead of increasing the brewing time.