People who want to maintain a healthy lifestyle depend on green tea to provide them with various health benefits.
These include getting a boost of antioxidants, lowering the risk of cancer, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and other types of illnesses. Green tea also helps in weight loss, fights bacteria, and promotes overall health.
Many people stay away from green tea because they find it a little too bitter for their liking. When done right, though, green tea can taste more sweet than bitter. It also offers a light, crisp, and refreshing break for your palette.
There are many different kinds of green tea available around the world, but if you’re a new tea drinker who’s looking for safe options that you can begin to explore with, these three are your top choices:
Sencha Green Tea
Sencha green tea is the most popular and most highly consumed kinds of green tea. You may not know it, but the green tea you just had earlier could have been Sencha.
It is also further classified into eight more types of tea namely: Jô Sencha, Toku Jô Sencha, Hachijuhachiya Sencha, Kabuse Sencha, Asamushi, Chumushi, Fukamushi or fukamushicha, and Ichibancha.
The Taste of Sencha Tea
This kind of tea can be prepared in a variety of ways, each one resulting in a difference in flavor and color. It gives off a dark green color when steeped in the form of loose leaf and a lighter golden green color when made from powder. As far as taste goes, loose leaf Sencha is known to be very crisp, refreshing and uplifting with a slightly fruity and nutty aftertaste. Powdered Sencha, on the other hand, is richer, smoother, and more indulgent and has a very slight hint of astringency from its aftertaste.
Depending on the quality, Sencha tea can be bought for as low as $1 per ounce or as expensive as $16.36 per ounce or even higher.
Caffeine Content of Sencha Green Tea
Caffeine-wise, Sencha only has 30 milligrams of caffeine in one 8-ounce cup. Just perfect if you’re trying to cut back.
Matcha Green Tea
Just a few trends back, before the burst of all things unicorn and rainbow, Matcha was all the rage online. Everyone wanted to have it infused in anything and everything possible, and it’s not hard to see why. Aside from all the benefits that comes with all types of green tea, Matcha is also very delicious.
If you don’t already know what Matcha is, it’s powdered green tea made from Tencha, another kind of green tea.
The powder, untouched, is light yet vibrant in color. Once combined with water, it produces a frothy blend of bright green deliciousness. Of course, the color will vary depending on the quality of the Matcha tea powder. The better the quality is, the brighter and more vibrant the color should be.
The Taste of Matcha Tea
Among all types of green tea, Matcha is considered one that’s easier on the taste buds. Unlike most teas that taste soft at first and then leaves a bold aftertaste in the mouth, Matcha goes the other way around. It starts off with an almost herby kind of taste then finishes off on an indulgent, sweet note. It full-bodied, creamy, and soothing and is great on its own or infused in other drinks and plenty other types of food, especially dessert.
The Prices and Caffeine Content of Matcha Green Tea
In terms of caffeine content, an 8oz cup of Matcha gives off 70 milligrams of caffeine. As far as price goes, Matcha is on the higher end of the price spectrum. Ceremonial grade Matcha powder starts at $1 per gram and could be priced even higher as the grade or quality increases.
Gyokuro Green Tea
What makes Gyokuro Green Tea Unique is the way it is grown. The leaves used for Gyokuro green tea grow in bushes which, about 20 days prior to picking, are shaded with cloth or reed screen to achieve a unique taste in the tea later on. It is also prepared differently from other kinds of green tea. It is steeped for a longer period of time at a lower temperature to get the best results.
Gyokuro green tea leaves are dark green in color but they come out a pale green hue when steeped in water. As for the taste, its flavor profile is very unique. It has a strong resemblance to seaweed in terms of taste and smell and it has a mellow but full-bodied taste.
The Prices and Caffeine Content of Gyokuro Green Tea
Gyokuro is one of the finest and most expensive teas in the world, and along with Matcha it’s one of the strongest. A 8-ounce cup of gyokuro green tea could contain up to 40 mg of caffeine. The price can range anywhere from $6.95 an ounce to as much as $25.27 per ounce.
There are many other different green tea types you’ll find available online or from your local tea shop, but these three are the most notable ones. If you’re thinking of getting into drinking green tea and turning it into a habit, you should definitely start now!