The teatime family is very proud to announce an exciting addition to our selection of teas - this month, we’re introducing our brand new Green range - a selection of exquisite green teas from the misty mountains of Kagoshima. We’ve carefully selected our green teas for their vibrant flavour and potent health benefits.
Kagoshima is famed for producing a very particular type of green tea called 'fukamushicha', which directly translates as 'deeply steamed tea'. Harvesting green tea is not just a cult in Japan, but an art that Japanese tea producers are proud of. Specifically in Kagoshima, via a process of quickly cooling and then steaming the leaves immediately after harvest, the tea retains many fresh tones and its distinctive vibrant green colour. The steaming process is carefully varied from harvest to harvest by the tea master to help bring out the tea's most desirable features.
As you have probably experienced, not all green teas are the same; there’s a wide range of quality, but also of types of green tea that we bring to the table. For our teatime fans, we’ve decided to offer two varieties: Premium Sencha and Premium Matcha loose leaf teas.
Both teas have excellent antioxidant properties and are packed with vitamins. The main difference is that Sencha is grown in direct sunlight, whilst Matcha is grown in the shade. The different processes affect not only the taste of the tea, but also the level of nutrients in them. This doesn’t mean that one is better than the other, they simply have different flavour and beneficial properties.
Sencha comes in leaf form; it’s normally paler than Matcha and has a sharper taste. It’s best drank on its own without the addition of milk or sweeteners (for best brewing instructions please click here). Sencha has a higher antioxidant content than Matcha, perfect for those looking to slow down the ageing process and improve their immune system. Our Premium Sencha leaves are selected for their delicate flavour and fresh clean tones, and can even be eaten after brewing; this will give you an extra antioxidant kick, which also tastes great with the addition of a subtle garnish like ‘Yuzu Ponzu‘.
Matcha comes in powder form - this means that you ingest the whole leaf when you drink it, hence getting 100% of its health benefits! Matcha powder is very versatile and can also be used to make delicious lattes, biscuits and desserts. The caffeine content is higher compared to Sencha, providing a long-lasting energy boost and improving cognitive functions. It’s extremely well tolerated even by those sensitive to caffeine, thanks to the slow release of the chemical and the lower overall content compared to coffee and over-the-counter caffeinated beverages.
Our verdict? Both are fantastic teas and the choice really comes down to personal preference in terms of taste and health concerns. Why not try both and let us know which one you prefer? Our Green range comes in loose leaf form and is now available here - happy drinking!