GREEN TEA
CHINA JAPAN INDIA
The two main porducers of quality green teas, China and Japan, differ on their prefered method of manufacture. The Chinese tend toward pan-fired teas, meaning the leaves are heated via a wok-like pan to arrest enzyme activity inside the leaf (try our Lung Ching Dragonwell and Lung Ching Special Grade for the most famous example) Appearance is important to Chinese teas. While the leaf is being fired the leaves will be shaped and formed, often by hand into whatever the desired form is, flattened, curled or as in the case of the Pinhead Gunpowder rolled into tight balls.
The Japanese prefer to steam their leaves then press them flat (appearance is less important here, consistency is the goal). Steaming creates a tea that is bright in color and taste. The Gyokuro Jade Dew is Japan's most honored tea, made from bushes kept in the shade.
brewing: Green Teas generally brew best at 170-180 for 2-3 minutes. 1 heaping teaspoon per cup. Japanese and Japanese style teas will steep faster than Chinese so you may want to steep them a little less.
chunA CHUN MEE
Literally, "eyebrow tea" for the shape of the leaf
$13.80
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genA GENMAICHA
* a blend of teas from China and Japan.
With toasted rice and popped corn
$16.00
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decgreenA GREEN DECAF TEA
Decaffienated Green Sencha
$46.00
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gyoA GYOKURO JADE DEW
Long narrow leaves, fragrant, elegant flavor
$86.00
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lungA LUNG CHING (Dragonwell)
Flat green leaves, clear sweet brew
$26.50
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lungspA LUNG CHING Special Grade
Tender bud sets, requires great skill in firing
$98.00
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matchaA MATCHA GREEN TEA
Unlike other teas where the leaf is being steeped, with Matcha you are consuming the entire leaf. This makes a single serving much higher in caffeine, equal to that of coffee. Great for drinking on its own or using as an ingredient. Origin: Shizouka, Japan
$88.00
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orgmaofA ORGANIC MAOFENG GREEN
This green tea comes from NW Hunan province, a mountainous area that stays cool and misty with filtered light. The term "maofeng" literally means downy summit/peak and refers to lighter rolling pressure used during processing. The leaves are left not very compact or dense. The leaf style and flavor are a step up from two other well known China Green teas, Gunpowder and Chunmee. These latter two are baked during the final processing stages, whereas the Green Maofeng is not. The resulting Maofeng cup is golden and the taste exemplifies a traditional classic China green: vegetal with a soft finish, without astringency or grassiness. This is an easy drinking Green, showing purity and flavor that isn't too mild or bland.
$36.00
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pinA PINHEAD GUNPOWDER
xfine, tightly rolled leaves, "pearl tea"
$12.50
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rainA RAINFLOWER
Fresh, full flavor, bright green when brewed
$68.00
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rainA SENCHA GREEN
* a blend of teas from China and Japan.
Flat leaves, steamed to seal in flavor
$22.50
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snoA SNOW SPROUTING GREEN
Meticulously plucked (only 3kg-5kg per worker a day) and full of light green to silver tips. Interestingly, this tea has curled but was not rolled. Despite a terrific clean, soft flavor it remains rich and full with an excellent mouthfeel! Limited supply.
$84.00
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