Japanese green tea – quick guide to the four main types

Japanese Green Tea – Quick Guide To The Four Main Types

Japanese green tea has long been considered the best among all the green teas in the world. Japan produces four types of green tea – Gyokuro, Matcha, Sencha and Bancha, – each so unique and great in its own way.

Green tea is one of the healthiest drinks around, offering a wide range of benefits for your health. Amongst the most important of green tea properties is its content of antioxidants, helping to ward off diseases like cell damage and threat of cancer. It also helps to speed up the metabolism, burning fat faster, reducing weight, ridding you of bad cholesterol levels and keeping the body balanced.

Japanese Green Tea is the result of centuries of work. Since the 12th century, when green tea was first brought to Japan from China by the Buddhist monk Eisai, this tea has been grown, processed and brewed in different ways to offer your daily diet the amazing range of choices available today.

Let’s take a closer look at the four main types of Japanese Green Tea:

– Gyokuro tea, rare, expensive, considered the finest Japanese Green Tea. Higher chlorophyll content gives it a sweeter taste and less caffeine content. This comes from the fact that it is grown in the shade.

– Matcha tea derives from Gyokuro. Whole leaves are ground to a fine green tea powder, making this a different and original green tea drink with a very high content of antioxidants.

– Sencha tea is the loose leaf tea for everyday use. This needle-shaped tea has a floral fragrance which is relaxing and energetic at the same time. It’s an energy boost to hold you through the day.

– Bancha tea can have two variations, both inexpensive and low in caffeine. These variations are Hojicha and Genmaicha, the first being a roasted tea, with a red-brown colour, the second is a mix of green tea leaves with roasted rice.

With such different tastes and experiences at your disposal it’s no wonder that more and more people are turning more and more to drinking green tea. Its lower caffeine content makes it an energetic drink and a great coffee alternative.

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