First Flush Sencha (Organic)
This premium organic Japanese Sencha is an organic first flush tea, harvested on the misty slopes of Mount Takatsuka in the Shizuoka region. Vegetal and grassy with a stunning green hue, this exceptional tea can be steeped a second time to reveal softer umami notes. Delicious hot or cold.
Traditional Preparation: Boil your kettle and set aside for five minutes or so, until the water temperature falls to around 180 degrees. If you don't want to wait, you can add some cool water to drop the temperature immediately. Measure 1 teaspoon of tea and add directly into a teapot. (A teapot with an integrated tea leaf filter is ideal) Pour 6-8 oz hot water on the tea leaves and allow to steep for 2 minutes. If you don't have an integrated leaf filter in your teapot, pour tea through a fine mesh strainer into your teacup. Enjoy! This tea can be steeped twice.
Cold Brew Method: Add 1 Tablespoon of tea to a 1L glass pitcher. Fill will cool water and place in fridge for 24 hours. The tea leaves will slowly saturate and release their flavour, with zero bitterness. Serving tip: We love frozen peaches as an alternative to ice cubes in this iced tea.
Type: Steamed green, first flush, Yabukita cultivar
Steeping Temperature: 180F
Steeping time 2 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.