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Q1 - I'm not familiar with Japanese tea. Which teas do you recommend??

Q2 - What's the difference between Powdered Sen-cha / Kona-cha and Matcha?

Q3 - Does Japanese green tea contains caffeine??

 

Q4 - What is the most important element to infuse Japanese Green Tea?

 

Q5 - Is buying a Japanese teapot necessary?

 

Physiological Functions of Japanese Green Tea Components

Components Contents Functions

Green tea is similar to coffee and often treated the same for we enjoy its flavor and pungent aroma. While green tea shares certain characteristics of coffee beverage, such as being non-caloric and containing caffeine, their similarities end there.

Help inhibiting cell mutation: National Genetic Research Institute of Japan reports that green tea may be highly effective in suppressing cell mutation which triggers cancers. The Institute of Epidemiological association of the Health Ministry of Japan also supports that Vitamin C and tannin which are abundant in green tea may have inhibiting properties against cancer.

Help preventing sclerosis, high blood pressure, and stroke.Japan's academic society argues that green tea may suppresses the elevation of blood pressure. Further, green tea may retains only good cholesterol in blood, preventing sclerosis. Other research suggests that it may make huge differences in preventing chronic diseases such as stroke and heart disease.

x4 times more alkaline than Oolong tea.Our body should be slightly alkaline at all time. Green tea is rich in antioxidants with abundant micronutrients and minerals. The alkalinity of green tea is in fact x4 times higher than Chinese Oolong tea.

Help fighting cavity and bad breath. "The number of school children with oral cavities may be reduced as much as in half by drinking one cup of green tea everyday". A leading researcher argues certain compounds found in green tea may reduce the level of oral bacteria. Drinking green tea or gurgling with it also activates Flavonoids in green tea which in turn help fights bad breath. Flavonoids are common ingredient of chewing gums.

Catechins

10~18%

Anti-oxidative action
Anti-mutagenic action
Enzyme inhibitory action
Anti-hyperglycemic action
Anti-hypertensive action
Anti-bacterial action
Anti-viral action
Radioprotective action
Anti-tumor action
Anti-hyper cholesterolemic action
Fat reducing action
Anti-ulcer action
Bowel modulating action
Anti-carious action etc.

Caffeine

3~4%

Reduce fatigue and sleepy feeling Diuretic action

Vitamin C

150~250mg%

Reduce stress and Cold prevention

Vitamin B

1.4mg%

Excitometabolic action of carbohydrates and amino acids

y-amino butyric acid

0.1~0.2%

Anti-hypertensive action

Flavonoids

0.6~0.7%

Halitosis prevention

Polysaccharide

0.6%

Anti-hyperglycemic action

Fluoride

4~190mg%

Anti-carious action

Vitamin E

25~70mg%

Anti-oxidative action Aging prevention

Tannin

0.6~2%

Anti-hyperglycemic action

 

Q1 - I'm not familiar with Japanese tea. Which teas do you recommend??

We would recommend Sencha , Genmaicha or Hojicha .
Sencha Tea is the most commonly consumed Japanese green tea and comes in many grade and variety. If you are looking for casual yummy Japanese tea, Genmaicha would be the choice. Mixing roasted brown rice to Sencha tea adds nutty toasty flavor. If you are looking for gentle mild Japanese tea, Hojicha would be the one to try. Hojicha is roasting green tea and the smallest caffeine contents among all Japanese tea.

Q2 - What's the difference between Powdered Sencha / Konacha (coarse tea) and Matcha ?

The difference lies in the process and type of leaves used. Whereas regular powdered Sencha / Konacha are made from Sencha leaves that grown under the sun, Matcha tea is made from shade-grown Tencha. (If grind Tencha, become Matcha powder and if roll Tencha, become Gyokuro.) >

Q3 - Does Japanese green tea contains caffeine??

Yes, green tea does contain caffeine. Caffeine content varies by the type of tea, amount of tea used and the length of time the leaves are infused, however if compared to other drinks such as black tea or coffee, The caffeine in green tea is usually much less. You may be happy to learn that Sencha has only about 30 mg of caffeine per cup, compared to 50 mg in black tea, and 110 mg-175 mg in coffee. You can also reduce the caffeine up to 80 percent by pouring out the first infusion of water. Also, Japanese tea contains ‘feel good’ amino acid called L-theanine that moderate the effects of caffeine. Caffeine in Japanese tea is a state of ‘mindful alertness.

Q4 - What is the most important element to infuse Japanese Green Tea?

Water, temperature, amount of tea leaves used, steeping time, freshness etc.... There are many elements to be considered. We believe water, temperature and amount of tea leaves are the most important factors to brew Japanese green tea.

Higher water temperature release more tannin and caffeine which are responsible for the bitterness. If you would like to brew strong tea, temperature should set little higher than recommend and lower temperature if you feel the tea is too strong.

Japanese water is soft* which is suitable for infusing Japanese green tea. North American water tends to be bit harder however, it is much softer than many of European water and it is still good to brew Japanese green tea.

* Hard-water vs. soft-water: Water hardness is measured by the amounts of calcium and magnesium in the water, and waters are classified as soft or hard depending on the total amount of those minerals. Hard water must contain high amounts of dissolved calcium and magnesium, where soft water contains less amounts of calcium and magnesium. You can use tap water for brewing tea if it is boiled well. Boiling of water eliminates the smell of Chlorine.

Q5 - Is buying a Japanese Teapot necessary?

It is not necessary, however it is ideal. An ordinary teapot should suffice if drainer was attached to it. A Japanese teapot has a wire or nylon mesh screen inside that has been engineered for efficient tea infusion. Refer how to brew page. Japanese green tea contains fine, powder like leaves, so drainer is strongly recommended and also keep in mind that Japanese tea leaves need a space to expand when infuse; please don't use black-tea spoon drainer to infuse Japanese tea. Japanese tea leaves may appear small and skinny, but once it absorbs water, it needs a much more room to expand the leaves.

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