Tea: Varieties And Grades Of Green Tea

If you’ve ever shopped for green tea, no doubt you’re aware that there are a vast number of choices. There are green teas from many regions of the world, and many varieties, grades and flavors from each region. Green tea was likely the first kind of tea. About 3000 years ago in China, people plucked fresh tea leaves and let them dry in the sun before storing them. In the 8th century, tea processors began using the evaporation process, and by the 12th century, they began sautéing the leaves. Basically, green tea came about before tea processors learned the methods associated with processing black tea. Even today, green tea is one of the teas left in its most natural state. …

Tea: Growing Quality Green Tea

There are literally hundreds of varieties of green tea, each with its own distinct flavor and characteristics. Green tea is grown in several countries throughout the world, but the vast majority of it is grown in China and Japan. Most tea gardens, particularly those in China and Japan have been around for many years. It takes time to develop a quality tea garden, along with knowledge, patience and the help of Mother Nature. Different kinds of green tea and green tea gardens in different countries require different care and attention. For an example, we’ll look at the year round work required to maintain a high quality tea garden in Japan that produces Matcha, Gyokuro and Sencha, three popular varieties of …