Posted by Sarah on 15th September 2016
The revival of green tea is very much in full swing, with the young, the not so young and pretty much everyone in between firmly jumping aboard the green tea train. And who can blame them!? We love green tea – it’s packed full of health benefits, is one of the most diverse tea groups out there, and above all, tastes amazing. We for one are THRILLED to see green tea finally taking up lots of well-deserved shelf space in the supermarkets.
So, let’s start with the basics:
Tea or not tea? Tea! All green tea comes from the Camellia Sinensis plant, making it a fully-fledged tea.
Where is it grown? Although now grown all over the world, China and Japan remain the top producers, with over 75% of green tea still being produced in China.
How does it taste: From light & floral (good) to astringent vegetable (…not so good)
How to make: Brew for 3 minutes
How to serve: Hot without milk
What makes it so special: Its amazing diversity – different regions and even individual producers would all grow very different types of green tea.
If you fancy dipping your toes into the world of green tea, but not sure where to start - take a look at some of the varieties we offer. You never know, it could just be your new favourite brew….
mao feng green tea – the classic
Louise says: This tea is special, unlike any other green tea on the market. A green tea liked by people who don’t like green tea….
The number of people who proclaim to disliking green tea because of that one dodgy cup of dusty green tea they tried back in the 80s is pretty astonishing – If that sounds like you, we strongly urge you to give it another try! Green tea should be light and most importantly…GREEN. Not a bitter, murky brown concoction.
green with mint – best of both worlds
Louise says: A delicate green tea known as "precious eyebrows" blended with peppermint leaves for that traditional Moroccan experience.
Good if you’re feeling: Rough on the inside and even worse on the outside; green tea and mint are a great cure-all.
This is what’s known as a ‘gateway green tea’…perfect for newcomers to the green tea scene. But before long you’ll be hooked on the mao feng – trust us.
Louise says: The leaves of this beautiful green tea, from Southern China are carefully hand rolled into a precious pearl then engulfed in fresh jasmine flowers. Leaving the tea to nestle amongst the flowers allows the natural floral scent to absorb into the tea, giving it a delicate pure taste!
Good if you’re feeling: In need of relaxation and detox. Like all teas, this is bursting with antioxidants - the good guys that help keep us young and healthy
This is one of our most special teas – it’s incredibly delicate, with a light, floral, refreshing, natural jasmine taste. If floral is your thing, definitely give our jasmine pearls a try.
popcorn tea – for the adventurous green tea lover
Louise says: This tea has flourished from humble beginnings - Japanese peasants used to mix green tea with toasted rice to make it go further. It is now celebrated in its own right as Genmaicha tea, or Popcorn tea. A truly unique blend with an almost nutty undertone.
Good if you're feeling: In need of a treat. As indulgent as a trip to the movies, but without the violence and naughty language.
Popcorn tea has long divided tea lovers – it’s an acquired taste, that’s for sure. But as long as you think savoury toasted rice, as opposed to sugary sweet, you won’t be disappointed! This is a firm favourite in the teapigs office and a must try for anyone looking to shake up their regular green tea drinking habits.
matcha - the ultimate green tea.
Matcha is 100% pure green tea leaves, ground up into a fine powder so you ingest the WHOLE THING. You can find out more about our superpower green tea here
Visit our green tea shop where you’ll find our whole range – from packs of 50 for the hardcore fans, loose tea for the traditional amongst you, and sample piglet packs for the newcomers. We’ve got something for everyone!