Green Tea 綠茶

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Unlike red tea, green tea is picked and then rapidly fired to preserve the sweet, grassy, or dry qualities of the tea leaf without further oxidization. This results in a clean, light finish, subtle aromas, and mild refreshing sweetness.  Green tea can range from the very dry and cleansing to the toasty-sweet and floral, depending on the time of year and style of leaf.

Milk strongly discouraged; sugar discouraged but admittedly optional.


Pi Lo ChunBìluóchūn (碧螺春)

(China) Formerly spelled Pi Lo Chun, the name “Green Snail Spring” refers to the cute rolled-up appearance of the green tea leaves themselves, which unfurl during steeping to release lightly sweet, floral aromas. It has a wonderfully satisfying flavor that is simultaneously refreshing and warm, but smooth and fragrant. Long prized as one of China’s greatest teas, highly valued for its beautiful apricot-copper hue, delicate aromas, and warm soothing quality, it is no surprise this is one of the world’s most beloved green teas.

Steeping Instructions
Temperature 180°F Weight 12 oz. water : 4.5g (1½ tsp) tea
16 oz. water : 6.0g (2 tsp) tea
Time 3-3½ minutes

Chun MeeChun Mee (珍眉)

(China) Chun Mee (“Precious Eyebrows”) is a classic Chinese green tea with bright flavor, light tangy sweetness, and a toasty warm clean finish. An excellent green tea day or night, with a nice well-rounded flavor and very pleasant clean aftertaste. One of the most popular green teas, for good reason.

Steeping Instructions
Temperature 180°F Weight 12 oz. water : 4.5g (2½ tsp) tea
16 oz. water : 6.0g (3½ tsp) tea
Time 2-2¼ minutes

GenmaichaGenmaicha (玄米茶)

(Japan) A blend of bancha, Japanese green tea with a bright, almost tangy flavor, and genmai, toasted brown rice. The rice imparts its sugar and starches into the tea, creating a bright, smooth tea with warm, nutty flavors and satisfying full body. Eminently drinkable, relaxing, and soothing to the stomach, a wonderful drink morning or evening.

Steeping Instructions
Temperature 180°F Weight 12 oz. water : 4.5g (1¾ tsp) tea
16 oz. water : 6.0g (2½ tsp) tea
Time 3 minutes

GunpowderGunpowder (珠茶)

(China) One of the world’s most well-known teas, zhū chá (“pearl tea”) is hand-rolled into tight pellets resembling old gunpowder, hence the name (honestly, we think “pearl tea” is much nicer). Gunpowder is a robust green tea with slightly smoky, dark flavor, and good strong body, but with a clean, slightly floral finish. Flavorful and invigorating but smooth and warm, enjoyed for its bright colors, comforting fragrance, and rich body.

Steeping Instructions
Temperature 180°F Weight 12 oz. water : 4.5g (2½ tsp) tea
16 oz. water : 6.0g (3¼ tsp) tea
Time 2½ minutes

HojichaHojicha (ほぅじ茶)

(Japan) This is bancha, green tea with a light tangy or citrus flavor, that has been pan-roasted after preparation. This creates complex caramelized flavors and a warm robust aroma that is something like a red tea, but with the characteristic smoothness and drinkability of a light green tea. A truly enjoyable everyday drink that can be enjoyed morning or evening, and also makes an excellent iced tea. Highly recommended for red tea fans looking to explore green tea but still need some bold flavor.

Steeping Instructions
Temperature 190°F Weight 12 oz. water : 4.0g (2½ tsp) tea
16 oz. water : 5.0g (3¼ tsp) tea
Time 1 minute

JasmineJasmine (茉莉花茶)

(China) Probably the most popular scented tea in history, mòli huachá is a blend of smooth Chinese green tea with jasmine blossoms, infusing the tea with a uniquely sweet, floral, but warm fragrance that many find truly soothing. Delicately warm with almost vanilla-like smoothness, but light and refreshing.  Ours is true Jasmine tea with real blossoms you can see – no flavors or shortcuts!

Steeping Instructions
Temperature 180°F Weight 12 oz. water : 4.5g (2½ tsp) tea
16 oz. water : 6.0g (3½ tsp) tea
Time 2½ minutes

MatchaMatcha (抹茶)

(Japan) Matcha is perhaps the most misunderstood tea today, with many consumers mistaking things that are colored with matcha – often sweetened – with the actual tea. Matcha is not exactly a pleasure drink – it is a ceremonial beverage that is prepared as part of chanoyu, Japanese tea ceremony, or an invigorating “energy shot” that many enjoy as a healthful source of energy and antioxidants. To make matcha, green tea leaf that has been pulverized into a fine powder is briskly whisked into a small amount of hot water, to create an evenly blended, foamy drink (first picture).

MatchaThis drink is called usucha (薄茶, “thin tea”), and despite its name, it is still quite thick, with complex earthy, vegetal, or seaweed flavors.  Usucha is meant to be mildly cleansing and stimulating.  This second picture here shows the body and color. A richer, bolder koicha (濃茶, “thick tea”) can be made by doubling the amount of matcha used, but this is generally reserved for only the highest ceremony.

Matcha is often used in baking, for its chocolate-like richness, and bright green color, especially in frosting and muffins – basically, any recipe for a batter or dough.  Millions of people also use matcha in fruit smoothies, for its healthful and energizing properties.

Preparation Instructions
Temperature 170°F Weight 2 oz. water : 2.0g (½ tsp) matcha
4 oz. water : 4.0g (1 tsp) matcha
Time 20-30 seconds
whisking thoroughly

NanaNana

My version of Moroccan Mint Tea, or Tuareg Tea – a blend of Gunpowder green tea, spearmint, lemongrass, and ginger, designed to provide a full-flavored bracing tea that takes very well to the traditional added sugar, and a bright, tangy, clean finish that is enlivening and refreshing. Adding lemon and sugar is recommended to get the full effect, but it is equally excellent without. A lot of my customers swear it’s a fantastic iced tea as well.

Steeping Instructions
Temperature boiling (205°F) Weight 12 oz. water : 4.2g (4 tsp) tea
16 oz. water : 5.6g (5½ tsp) tea
Time 5-6 minutes

SenchaSencha (煎茶)

(Japan) The definitive Japanese green tea, sencha is enjoyed for its delicate, dry character and finish – cleansing to both the palate and the nose, with a lightly vegetal or grassy richness of flavor and bouquet.  With a unique light jade-green color and brisk, bracing aroma, sencha distinctly expresses the Japanese aesthetic of green tea’s purity and its delicate balance of stimulating and relaxing properties.

Steeping Instructions
Temperature 175°F Weight 12 oz. water : 4.5g (2 tsp) tea
16 oz. water : 6.0g (2½ tsp) tea
Time 2½ minutes

Young HysonYoung Hyson

(China) One of China’s more famous green teas, Young Hyson is harvested in early spring to capture its subtle blend of lightly pungent flavor and delicate finish with a hint of floral or grassy sweetness. By altering the temperature of the steeping water one can emphasize either a full body and earthy robust flavor, or achieve a smooth, light aromatic cup that is very relaxing. A very versatile tea with a surprising range of expression, invites experimentation.

Steeping Instructions
Temperature 180°F Weight 12 oz. water : 4.5g (2 tsp) tea
16 oz. water : 6.0g (2½ tsp) tea
Time 3 minutes