Green tea is undoubtedly a very healthy drink and known to have lot of health benefits. It is one of the most widely consumed beverage around the world after water. However, many people still wonders which green tea is best. There are different opinions as per the individual preferences. In this article, we will discuss different parameters to understand best quality of green tea.
So which is the best Green Tea?
Generally, people tend to consider that the most expensive green teas are the best ones available in the market. But is there a real difference between all the different types and brands? The short answer is ‘no’. In reality, not every package with “green tea” on it is 100% green tea. Quality and taste of tea is determined by how and where the tea plant is grown, cultivated, and processed. Quality is majorly dependent on the following:
- Bottom composition
- Topographic height
- Climate (sunlight, temperature, humidity etc.)
- Time of picking
- Drying, steaming and fermenting
An ancient Asian saying goes: “the best tea comes from high mountains”. High mountains provides the optimal temperature, humidity and sunlight for tea plants to grow.
Types of green tea
There are countless names, brands, types, varieties of green tea. Yet all green tea comes from the same plant. The name of green tea mainly depends on the place of origin and brand name. Some examples of green tea are as follows:
- Japanese green tea leaves (Sencha, Gyokuro, Matcha etc.)
- Chinese green tea leaves (Longjing, Mao Feng, Pu-erh and others)
- Chinese Gunpowder green tea
- Popular teabags (Pickwick®, Lipton®, Twinings® etc.)
- Ceylon green tea (from Sri Lanka)
Considerations for the best green tea
The way you store and prepare your green tea will also affect the quality of green tea that you drink. Below are some guidelines and considerations to select your favorite green tea drink.
- Take pure green tea from 100% green tea leaves (check the ingredient list) …
- Do not go for any flavored combination of green tea
- Take preferably organic green tea (without pesticides and insecticides).
- Prefer not to add sugar or any sweeteners
- Green tea is light yellow, green or light brown in color
- See the external expiration date on the package
- “Special” slimming green tea is nonsense.
The taste of green tea varies hugely by species and ranges from slightly bitter to pleasantly sweet. It is especially important that you drink green tea that you really like to get used to this good habit for long time. So try different brands and types and select the green tea that is best for you.
Set and prepare the best green tea
- Take 12 grams of loose green tea.
- Put the green tea in a tea infuser, into a tea filter bag, or in a teapot.
- Boil 1 liter of water
- Let the water cool down to 70 to 80°C (7 to 12 minute wait) and then pour the water over the tea leaves.
- Let the tea leaves remain for 2 to 5 minutes before you drink it.
Never pour boiling water over green tea. Also, it should be sipped while it is hot and changes the flavor as it cools down.
So, Quality of the green tea depends on multiple factors. The best in terms of taste are Japanese Gyokuro and Chinese Longjing qiqiang & Longjing quiche. However, they are also significantly more expensive than standard brands such Pickwick®, Lipton® and Twinings®.