What is Green Tea?

Green tea, is often referred to as an “unoxidized” tea. It can literally be plucked in the morning and be ready to be brewed the same night. The leaves are heated immediately after plucking. This heat prevents the leaves from withering or oxidizing. The bypass of oxidation allows green tea to retain most of its natural color, tannins, vitamin C, chlorophyll, and minerals. In some green teas, this lack of oxidation is responsible for the low caffeine level. In China, most farms still handpick, then spread out the leaves on bamboo trays to be exposed to sunlight. They are then quickly roasted, rolled into balls, and roasted again a second time, or are left to dry. In Japan, the leaves are plucked and steamed quickly until they are soft enough to roll. They are cooled, rolled, and twisted until they are completely dry.

 

A BRIEF HISTORY OF GREEN TEA

2737 B.C.
Tea was first discovered by the second emperor Shen Nung in China.
618-907 A.D.
During the T'ang Dynasty tea becomes the most popular drink in China
1650 A.D.
Tea is introduced into the United States
1767 A.D.
During 1767 Parliament imposed a Tea Tax, initially known as the Stamp Act, onto the American colonist for imports of teas going into America.
1773 A.D.
On December 16, 1773 a group of men organized and threw 45 tons of green tea into the Boston harbor in retribution to the tea tax. They later became known as the Boston Tea Party.

HOW TO STEEP

Steep at 175° degrees for 1-3 minutes.

Save Your Leaves

This loose leaf tea can be re-steeped up to 3 times.

Unflavored Green Tea

Flavored Green Tea

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Cup of Tea is your community tea house.  If you are looking for loose-leaf tea and ways to steep it, we have everything you need. You can also enjoy a pot of hot tea, a glass of iced tea, or a custom tea latte in our shop or on the go.
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