Green Tea FAQ

What are the main characteristics of Japanese green tea?

The main characteristic is its production process. The process is nearly completed by steaming, a way to stop the process of fermentation while other types of green tea are nearly finished by roasting. The most common types of Japanese green tea are steamed Sencha and Fukamushicha or deep steamed sencha. These two most common types of Japanese green tea account for 75% of the tea produced in Japan. Shizuoka, Uji, and Sayama are the most well-known regions for green tea cultivation and these names are used as a brand today. Nowadays, Japanese green tea is made in many different countries such as Brazil, China, India, Thailand, Vietnam, and so on. Regardless of geographical locations, Japanese style green tea is universally processed by steaming.

What are the main difference between Japanese green tea and other types of tea?

There are basically three different categories of teas: fermented, semi-fermented, and unfermented. Japanese green tea falls into unfermented category. To name some well-known types of tea, black tea is fully fermented and oolong tea is semi-fermented. Generally, fermented teas are more aromatic while unfermented are more tasteful. Plus, unfermented teas contain more antioxidant substance known as catechin.

What is the most appropriate water temperature for green tea?

It is very important to understand the characteristics of green tea and its kinds. For high grade green tea such as Gyokuro, supposed to be the premier one in Japan, water temperature should be around 140 degree F (60 degree C), and steeping time would be around 2-3 minutes. For regular Sencha such as Takaokaya Tea bags, we recommend 195 degree F (90 degree C) water and steeping time should be 30-60 seconds. For Houji Cha and Genmai Cha, you can use boiling water and steeping time should be 15-30 seconds. Generally, water temperature should not be too hot, and steeping time should be longer for high grade green tea. Water temperature should be high for regular or lower grade green tea and steeping time should be short.

I heard that the quality of green tea is greatly affected by the type of water used. Is it true?

Yes, it is known that soft water is more appropriate for green tea than hard water, which has high mineral contents such as calcium, magnesium, potassium, and sodium for these substances have its own flavor which supposed to disturb original green tea tastes. Volvic spring water is one brand of soft water that may be readily available at your retail store. Look for soft water to obtain the best results!

What are the differences between Shizuoka green tea in tea bags than other Japanese green tea in tea bags in the market?

Carefully selected green tea leaves are directly imported from a tea farm in Shizuoka prefecture and it is not blended with any other ingredient unlike many others. They are packed into tea bags here in Los Angeles, California. Thus, we are able to offer you genuine and fresh Japanese green tea teabags at very reasonable price.

Why does your tea in tea bags look like sawdust?

We precut whole leaves to process them in tea bags. Leaves must be cut into an uniform size for this reason.

Why is the color of Green Breeze so vivid? Do you add any artificial color?

This is the natural color of ground green tea leaves.

Does green tea contain caffeine?

Yes. Based on our findings on the web and our own study, the caffeine content of green tea is normally 1/3 of brewed coffee per 8 oz serving size in hot water. However, this is just an average amount, and the caffeine content tends to decrease dramatically from the second brew. It also varies depending on the type of green tea. For instance, Gyokuro, the most premium green tea, has very high caffeine content, while Houjicha has much less caffeine.

Does Green Breeze contain caffeine?

Green tea Leaves in the Sun Image Yes. Green tea leaves contain caffeine naturally. Green Breeze does as well. One packet (1g) of Green Breeze contains 25mg of caffeine. This is about 1/4 of the caffeine in brewed coffee (8 fl. oz).