Kamairicha Green Tea
This organic Kamairicha green tea is grown in the Haruno region by a multi - generational organic tea growing family. Fired in an iron pan after plucking, this unique Japanese tea offers a bold umami character, full body, and is sweeter and less astringent than some other green teas. Delicious when served hot or iced. Water temperature is important in brewing the perfect cup of this tea, so let your kettle cool for a few minutes until your water is 160-175F.
Traditional Preparation: Measure 1 tsp of loose tea and add to a tea filter or strainer. Steep in 8 oz freshly boiled water that has been allowed to cool to 160 - 175 degrees for 2-3 minutes. This tea can be re-steeped twice.
Kamairicha Iced Tea Recipe: We suggest one of two methods:
- The first is to steep the tea hot, as above, but for 5 minutes instead of 2-3 minutes, and simply pour over ice.
- The second method Is to cold brew this tea for 24 hours. Add 1 tablespoon of tea to a 1L glass jug or pitcher, and fill with fresh cool water. Chill covered in the fridge, and consume within a day.
Type: Pan Fired Green, Huushun cultivar
Steeping Temperature: 180F
Steeping time: 3 mins
Ingredient: Organic green tea
The Health Benefits of Green Tea:
Whether you like it hot or cold, green tea is one of the healthiest beverages that you can drink. Each leaf is brimming with three types of catechins: epigallocatechin, epicatechin-3-gallate, and EGCG – each with their own host of health benefits. When you steep these leaves in hot water these catechins are released, infusing it with antioxidants.
When harvested, green tea leaves are pan fired or steamed to prevent fermentation. It’s this steaming process that preserves the natural polyphenols in the leaf. But that’s not all, green tea contains brain boosting L-theanine, which is believed to help boost GABA (an amino acid that promotes a calm feeling in the brain), dopamine and serotonin levels. Studies have linked L-theanine consumption to increased mental focus, attention and reaction time. In addition, drinking tea has been associated with lowering the risk of degenerative brain diseases like Alzheimers and dementia.
Green Tea Has Been Linked To:
- Improved dental health, including reducing sensitivity, plaque build-up and bad breath
- An increase in bone density and protection against fractures
- Fighting off free radicals, disease and reducing overall cell damage
- Improved cardiovascular health, including helping to lower blood pressure
- Slowing down the natural aging process of the brain
- Increased focus and a better sleep
- Helping to maintain a healthy weight
Brewing Tip (Beware of Burnt Leaves):
Do you find green tea a bit too bitter? It may not be the tea, but instead, the way that you’re brewing it. Boiling water can burn these delicate leaves, killing off their natural sweetness, and leaving you with a pot full of bitter leaves.
For optimal flavour, add hot (not boiling water) to your green tea leaves. Japanese and Spring green teas are best brewed with slightly cooler temperatures (160-170 degrees F), while Chinese greens steep well around the 170-180 degree mark.