What is Green Tea?
Green Tea, like White Tea and Black Tea, comes from the Camellia Sinensis plant but is made using the younger leaves and buds. It also goes through less processing in terms of the oxidation and withering of the tea leaves.
It is believed that Green Tea may have health benefits such as improving brain function and contains lots of antioxidants that makes us feel alert and relaxed at the same time!
What is the history behind loose leaf Green Tea?
Green Tea was first used in China and Japan for its medicinal and spiritual purposes, as it was believed to not only aid with sickness and fatigue, but was also said to elevate the spirit. Tea was only produced in small batches during this time, therefore the ceremony of storing and serving the tea became an important part of displaying wealth and culture, and traditional tea ceremonies are still performed to this day.
Does Green Tea have caffeine?
Yes, Green Tea does contain caffeine, in fact the average 8 oz. cup of Green Tea contains around 25mg of caffeine.
Black Tea, White Tea, and Green Tea are all picked from the same plant, Camellia Sinensis, but from different parts of the plant. Due to different processes they come out with different leaf colours and caffeine content. The caffeine in Green Tea is released more slowly than that you’d find in Black Tea which produces a calming, conscious and focused energy.
The amount of caffeine which actually ends up in your body depends on a number of factors including age of leaf, water temperature, steeping time and many others. For example, all of our Green Teas are blended with other ingredients like fruit or mint so will naturally have less caffeine than a pure Green Tea.
Green Tea is safe to drink every day but due to it's caffeine content you might want to plan when to drink your Green Tea carefully as the recommended daily caffeine limit is 300mg, and 200mg for pregnant people, which is roughly 8 cups of Green Tea a day!
Is Matcha Green Tea?
Yes, Green Tea can also be ground down and be made into Matcha! Matcha is made using ground Green Tea leaves and one serving of Matcha is actually the caffeine content and health benefit equivalent to 10 cups of Green Tea!
Matcha contains the same amount of caffeine content as a double espresso! However, it's slow release caffeine which means it keeps you feeling energised for longer, with a sustained level of alertness - the perfect coffee replacement if you ask us! Matcha has lots of health benefits including boosting cognitive function, increasing energy levels, and aiding with alertness without giving you those caffeine jitters!