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The Secrets Of Making Green Tea?

Mar 24, 2008
Today when in a grocery store or in a convenience store in front of the beverage cooler you will see green tea this or green tea that. Green tea has turned up in all sorts of products. If you haven't tried green tea, you might be wondering what all the to-do is about.

So now you may be asking what is the difference between green tea and the black tea you are used to drinking for lunch or dinner or just because. Both teas come from the same plant; the difference is the way the different teas are processed. The green tea in not fermented it has been dried. Because of the shorter processing time the green tea has a lighter flavor than the black tea. Green tea is good for you because the processing keeps all the beneficial elements left in the tea.

Green tea doesn't taste anything like the tea you usually drink. Most green tea drinkers do not add milk or sugar, but you can if you like. Green tea has been described as having a light, fresh, green flavor. Some of the various green teas have just a little sweetness taste to them. Others are a little more astringent. There are several different varieties of green tea each with its own flavor; however they all seem to have one flavor quality in common.

To try really good green tea you will want to look in a gourmet tea store rather than a grocery store. The grocery store doesn't have the selection you will find in a gourmet tea store. You will find a good selection of green teas look in your local Asian food store. Some of the types you will want to look for is; sencha, gunpowder, or Dragon Well. The grocery store variety of green teas will not have any type of variety listed so they are more than likely blends of poor quality.

Green tea is brewed just like you would brew the tea you normally drink, except you will not want the water to boil. You will want to brew you tea when the water is on the verge of boiling. Green tea is a more delicate tea so you want to the water to be a little cooler.

Bancha is one of the Japanese green teas. It is a very common, coarse, rough tea. The leaves are usually lower grade. This tea is not a tea for a sophisticated palate. In Japan's restaurants this tea is served free.

Sencha is the most popular of the Japanese green teas. This tea has three quality levels: high, medium, and low. To produce a high-grade tea the processing is very important. The processing must be done with love, care and patience. Without these attributes the leaves turn in to nothing. The tea is meant to add to the pleasure of fine Japanese foods.

Gyokuro is a Japanese tea of the highest quality. It is a extremely fragrant tea and the aroma adds to the irresistible appreciation of this wonderful green tea. In tea lingo this tea is considered sweet. This tea can only be served with the very finest Japanese cuisine or just sipped alone with no accompaniment. This tea is recommended to someone whom you wish to impress such as your boss, a client, or any other important person.

Matcha is probably the finest of all of the green teas of Japan. It is not a whole leaf tea however, it is a powder and must be prepared exactly as the standards recommend. This tea is very smooth and easy to drink. This tea has the perfect balance of aroma, taste and vision, which are the three qualities people look for in tea. It is very high in vitamin C and several other vitamins. Matcha is used only in the Japanese Tea Ceremony.
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