The Many Types of Green Tea

Green tea goes through the least processing of any type of tea. Green tea is common in both China and Japan, and each region produces some very interesting varieties. Two of the most popular Japanese green teas are Sencha and Gyokuro.

Green tea contains about 30mg of caffeine per 8oz. (240ml) cup. Compare this to a cup of regular brewed coffee, which contains around 100mg.

Green Tea Extract is the concentrate of the green tea leaf. The leaf is steeped in alcohol or some other solvent, which is then left to evaporate, leaving the extract. It has all the essential properties of the Green Tea Leaf. The extract has more of the essential parts, while parts of the leaf have no benefit, or effect at all.

Health conscious individuals often drink green tea, but did you know that there were many different varieties? Three of the most popular types of green tea are Lung Ching, Xinyang Mao Jian, and Putuo Fo Cha.

Brewing a pot of Green Tea in Japan is a complicated ritual, and is considered an art form by many people. Making a good cup of green tea, therefore, will take more time and effort than simply blasting a teabag with boiling water.

Jasmine tea is a scented or flower tea that is made by adding jasmine flowers to tea leaves during the processing. The jasmine flowers add a delicate flavor to the tea making jasmine tea one of the most popular scented teas.

Sencha green tea is the most common type of green tea in Japan, accounting for 75% of the total green tea production. Sencha tea is grown in direct sunlight and is made from the buds and new leaves.

Longjing tea is named after a small town near Hangzhou city in Zhengjiang Province of China. The name "long jing" translates as "dragon well" in English, and this green tea sometimes goes by that name. VIDEO

Gyokuro tea is a very refined tea with a sweet mild flavor. It is favored as an after-dinner tea in Japan and has a fresh, flowery-green aroma.

Ho Kui green tea has been produced since the early 20th century and is one of the Ten Famous Teas of China. Ho Kui green tea is named after the original producer of this green tea. Wang Kui-Cheng was the tea grower who improved the processing of the local variety of tea known as "jian cha." Wang Kui-Cheng is from Ho-Keng village, and so the tea came to be known as Ho Kui green tea.

Green tea has grown in popularity because of the many health benefits associated with it. Although this popularity is fairly new, green tea has been a staple in many Asian countries for centuries, so much so that green tea is sometimes called “Japanese tea.”