There are many discussions which green tea is the best: chinese or japanese? In the articles below you find information on the Chinese Tea
Chinese Green Tea Steeped In History
The Chinese deserve all the credit for cultivating the tea plant, Camellia sinensis, which changed the health and wealth of nations. In the history of tea, tea beverages sparked rebellions and spawned amazing fortunes. Tea changed the geography of countrysides and provided reasons for travel. Chinese Green Tea helped people enhance their health. The history of tea in itself is truly amazing. [Read more]
Chinese Green Tea – A Guide To Purchasing Quality Tea
There is a strong association between quality of Chinese teas and their enjoyment. Chinese teas are similar to wine in this regard, with local prices for the same tea varying dramatically based on perceived quality. As an example the local Chinese price for 500 gms of Dragon Well tea (the most popular green), could vary between $US 3 and $US 3,000 (ie a 1000 fold difference) related to perceived quality. (ie similar to the price difference for a cheap bottle of Chardonnay versus a vintage produced in limited quantities by a respected well known brand). Since the local Chinese market is relatively mature with experienced buyers, the local populace generally understands and accepts this – but other buyers, particularly westerners can become confused by the quality differentials within the same Chinese tea type (ie Dragon Well Tea). [Read more]
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What is the difference between Chinese and Japanese Green tea?
Chinese green tea also are made different than Japan. Disblate different state of China made different tea, but process are the same, they name their tea base on the leave they use not the finish product.
Picking – The harvest time for green tea is usually early morning of the spring. Some tea can be cropped year around though. Higher grade green tea requires certain days of the spring season, when trees just begin to shoot.
Roasting – Chinese began to roast their tea leaves rather than Steaming them like Japan
Shaping – The differently shape of green tea is determined by how it is treated during second roasting. In most cases, teas are painstakingly pressed into ‘spears’ or rolled into ‘pearls’ by hand.
Drying – Leaves now are backed in low temperature to increase the fragrance. [Source]
What are green tea benefits? Is it true they help in losing weight? What are the best brands of green tea?
There are three types of tea Black, Oolong, and Green tea.
The difference between the Green tea and the others is that green tea is not fermented, thus keeping in the powerful antioxidants lost in the fermenting process.
Green tea also contains polyphenols such as tannins (a nutrient antioxidant) catchins (EGCG which is a powerful antioxidant), and flavenoids, as well as other vitamins and minerals, such as Vitamin C. The antioxidants help your body fight against free radicals, which can mutate cells and make you sick.
Numerous scientific discoveries have also linked green tea with remarkable disease preventative properties. Gargling with green tea has been shown to inactivate the flu virus, as has drinking a cup each day to activate the polyphenols (powerful antioxidants) that are also suspected to work well against both the cold and flu viri.
As China permits greater access to its interior to scientists, reports grow of entire villages in the green tea growing regions where cancers and sicknesses are statistically lower than the national norm. Though such studies are best classified as emergent, green tea is becoming widely viewed as one of the superfoods of the future.
Here are just a few known health benefits of drinking green tea:
Boosts your immune system
Lowers blood sugar
Helps prevent cavities and tooth decay
Slows the aging process
Helps reduce the risk of cancer
Aids in weight loss by burning calories
Reduces high blood pressure
Reduces the risk of heart disease
Reduces the risk of stroke
Lowers the risk of blood clot
Anti-Cancer Compound In Green Tea Identified Researchers at the University of Murcia in Spain (UMU) and the John Innes Center (JIC) in Norwich, England have shown that a compound called EGCG in green tea prevents cancer cells from growing by binding to a specific enzyme. “We have shown for the first time that EGCG, which is present in green tea at relatively high concentrations, inhibits the enzyme dihydrofolate reductase (DHFR), which is a recognized, established target for anti-cancer drugs, ” Professor Roger Thorneley, of JIC, told Reuters.
It does “Aid in weight loss by burning calories”
Popular brands include Tazo, Stash, Bigelow and Pacific Chai. [Source]
How To Brew Long Jing (Dragon Well) Chinese Green Tea
How to brew Long Jing Green Tea: Use 200ml glass cup, put in 3 grams tea, pour in water(80-85c Temp) and filled it up to 1/3 of the cup, turn the cup clockwise as in the video for about 30 seconds, this is for readying/waking the tea! Than filled it to 2/3 after that, put down the glass and watch it drops! Once 80-90% of the tea sink to the bottom, than is ready to drink!