Green tea originated in China, but producing, manufacturing and consuming it has spread across Asia and other countries. Green tea is made from Camellia sinensis (tea plant) leaves that have not been through the same withering and oxidizing process that is used to make black teas and oolong teas. Freshly picked tea leaves are withered, steamed, rolled and dried by hand or more commonly today, in machines. This process protects the leaves for breaking and helps them to retain more aroma and flavor. Green tea is commonly known as “Pearl Tea” in China, due to its round, tightly rolled leaves and grayish-green color. The nickname Gunpowder tea was coined in English because of tightly rolled leaves resemblance to grains of gunpowder. Green tea is said to have many health benefits, such as maintaining heart health, lower risk of type II diabetes, burn fat, improve brain function, and many more.
Our Green tea offering is a special grade of Gunpowder Green tea that is made up of tender tea leaves that unfold wonderfully in your teapot when brewed. Its clean, fresh taste and sweet fragrance have made Gunpowder Green one of our most popular tea selections.
Gunpowder Green Tea Brewing Tips:
Bring cold, filtered water to a soft boil (205° F), then let cool for 1 minute (170-180° F). Use one rounded teaspoon of loose leaf tea placed in a tea ball or equivalent, for each cup to be made. Pour the boiling water over the tea leaves. Steep for 2-3 minutes. Once the ideal brewing time has been reached, remove the tea leaves to prevent additional steeping. Enjoy!
4oz of loose leaf tea will make approximately 40 8oz cups of prepared tea, depending on how strong you like it.
If you like your tea stronger, add more leaves, do not steep longer. Steeping your tea too long can cause the tea to turn bitter tasting.
Do not allow your water to boil too long, water that has been over boiled will produce a flat cup of tea.
Pour the water onto the tea, do not add the tea to the water. This will prevent the leaves from steeping properly and result in a poor cup of tea.