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#31 jpr54_

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Posted 03 February 2005 - 05:28 PM

describe the leaves-...

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Yes. Balls. Leaves are kind of large, maybe on the wider side... Smells like common tea...

That's one of the things that got me thinking (beside gullet timeliness) as a podmate was espousing his ideas about green tea (is kind of a 'hot' topic 'round the 'cooler) and he opined that green tea, rolled into little balls can have ginseng in it (my box doesn't say anything in english) and is *really good for ya*. I dunno...

But he was describing the tea in this fancy box under my desk...

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try some of the tea-
u won't know if u like it if u don't prepare it and taste it-

#32 waves2ya

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Posted 03 February 2005 - 06:08 PM

try some of the tea-
u won't know if u like it if u don't prepare it and taste it-

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I did. It was god awful wretched.

But my q's stand (freshness, etc.). In fact, I found a thread where Owen asked just the same to no reply...
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#33 James Kendal

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Posted 08 February 2005 - 01:20 AM

If you are really in to tea check out this link for an awesome tea supplier in Vancouver

www.tealeaves.com

#34 jpr54_

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Posted 08 February 2005 - 09:00 AM

is tea like coffee in that it should be consumed within a period (?) after roasting/prepping for market? Is fresher tea (whatever that is) better for you than tea that's in bags (and boxes)?


yes, tea should be consumed within 6 mos. of purchase
but alot depends on how tea was stored/pacaged when purchased and how it was stored/packed at home after opening and using.

i personally purchase sample sizes of teas when available so i can use them fairly quickly-
i store my teas in cannisters i purchased from www.imperialteacourt.com
i also place some teas in original packing in ziploc containers-not bags

i would not purchase teas from company that sells tea from glass jars-

most of my teas come in sealed aluminum(?) sealed pkgs.
i also purchase teas from reliable online dealers, etc.

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#35 waves2ya

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Posted 09 February 2005 - 05:35 AM

i store my teas in cannisters i purchased from www.imperialteacourt.com

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Thank you for the ideas; here's url for Imperial Tea, a very nice site...
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Posted 09 February 2005 - 06:29 AM

My sister in law always brings me green tea from Japan. It is always in a vaccum packed tube and very finely ground/crumbled. That seems to me to be exactly what tea shouldn't look like. Is there a reason for the texture or is this just cheap tea? I buy a lot of tea from Ten Ren and its always whole leaf.

#37 memesuze

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Posted 09 February 2005 - 06:53 AM

I'd suspect this is matcha - an entirely different form of the brewing ingredient. I believe it's "frothed" by twirling a bamboo whisk in the water with tea. I'll let those who are more expert in Japanese greens chime in.

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Posted 09 February 2005 - 08:49 AM

It's not Matcha it's definitely Sencha. I'm probably being stupid, it just seems the leaves should be more intact, but I see a lot of sencha's online that look like this. I guess it's probably normal for it to have such tiny bits.

#39 Shel_B

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Posted 02 July 2013 - 09:27 AM

When I buy green, or other, tea, I usually loose teal from a few local tea shops, such as http://www.teance.com , that import directly from growers and small businesses in China and Japan, althoughI sometimes buy loose green tea from Peets.


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#40 DickL

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Posted 02 July 2013 - 07:18 PM

While I don't usually drink green tea, from time to time I'll make a pot of Chinese gunpowder tea, which the package says is a green tea.  I've only ever seen one brand, labeled Temple of Heaven "China Green Tea" "Special Gunpowder", so I guess you could say it's my favorite.  Sometimes I'll add a little black tea like an Assam to the pot to darken the brew a bit.  Temple of Heaven is frequently available in oriental markets.


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#41 Hassouni

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Posted 02 July 2013 - 08:39 PM

Ito En's pricier offerings are still reasonably priced and are a pretty good product, that's mostly what I have



#42 redclover

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Posted 12 July 2013 - 09:10 PM

Anyone know of any good green tea blends? I've heard that jasmine and green tea go well together.



#43 Naftal

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Posted 14 July 2013 - 06:04 PM

Hello- My favorite green tea , when price is a consideration) is the Alwaza brand. I love to observe the unfolding-"agony"-of the tightly rolled leaves.


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Posted 16 July 2013 - 12:26 PM

Like Naftal, I'll mention what I take to be a cost-effective choice, which is one of Upton's Chinese greens, "Young Hyson." You can read about and order it here. I find that it satisfies my desire for green tea quite nicely, and so I try to keep some around, whatever other greens I may have.

 

(Of course it is not as cost-effective as a box of Alwazah!)



#45 Panaderia Canadiense

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Posted 16 July 2013 - 03:59 PM

I'm very partial to fresh green tea from the Sangay plantations here in Ecuador.....


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#46 donaldosborne78

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Posted 23 July 2013 - 06:42 AM

I'm very partial to fresh green tea from the Sangay plantations here in Ecuador.....

 

Why? Is there any particular reason?


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#47 Panaderia Canadiense

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Posted 23 July 2013 - 03:25 PM

Simply that it's the freshest tea I can get my hands on.  Other greens are available here in Ecuador, but they're generally imported and so agéd as to have lost all but the most brutish flavours.


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#48 donaldosborne78

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Posted 24 July 2013 - 04:25 AM

Simply that it's the freshest tea I can get my hands on.  Other greens are available here in Ecuador, but they're generally imported and so agéd as to have lost all but the most brutish flavours.

 

I don't know that. Thanks for explanation, every day I learning something.


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#49 CleanMe

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Posted 15 August 2013 - 11:10 PM

Some great green tea recommendations here - can't wait to try some of them



#50 social@naturestealeaf.com

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Posted 20 August 2014 - 07:44 AM

Just a quick question: is there any green tea that a pregnant woman can drink? It seems I can only find caffeinated teas in my markets. Thank you, Kimo (20 weeks pregnant)

It's very smart to avoid caffeinated tea while pregnant. And yes, there many naturally caffeine free choices out there that are not made from the tea leaf. There are some really great herbal choices that come with a ton of flavor and will also provide nutritional benefit. You want to be sure to use loose leaf product and not pre-packaged teabags. This is the only way to ensure you are getting the most benefit both in flavor and nutrition. Some of the best include: Hibiscus, Jasmine, Ginger Root, and even Licorice Root. But if you are set on green tea you can significantly reduce the caffeine level by doing a 20-30 second steep that you will pour out. The 2nd steep will have a much reduced level of caffeine and you will still have a great tasting cup. But again you want to use loose leaf tea. If you use a prepackaged bag that 2nd steep is not going to taste like much of anything. Some good green teas to try would be a nice Dragon Well, Tai Ping, or Sencha.


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