Green TeaWikipedia: Green_tea | Wikicha: Green_Tea | Teaviews: green-tea
Updated: Jan. 2, 2014
About Green Tea
Loose-leaf sencha, a typical Japanese green tea. Adapted from a photo by André Helbig, licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0.
This is why white tea, which is less processed than green tea, can sometimes have a darker leaf color. This same process also preserves the vitamin C content of the tea leaf, making green tea the only type of tea with appreciable vitamin C levels.
Green tea is produced in many different regions. Green tea is especially widely produced and consumed in China. In Japan, almost all tea consumed is green tea, and Japan is also famous for its unique and sometimes peculiar styles of green tea.
China tends to produce pan-fired green teas, whereas Japan tends to produce steamed varieties, although there are exceptions to both these rules. Virtually every region that produces tea produces some green tea, although outside of southeast Asia, green tea constitutes only a tiny portion of total production. However, this production has been increasing as green tea increases in popularity, due in large part to purported health benefits.
Brewing green tea: water temperatureIn contrast to black tea, which usually tastes best when brewed with boiling water, many green teas taste best when brewed with water substantially below the boiling point, ranging from 160-180F (71-82C). Our pages about brewing temperature for tea and brewing tea go into more depth on this topic.
Caffeine content of green teaMany websites and other sources claim that green tea has less caffeine than black tea. This is not necessarily true; the caffeine content of teas varies widely both between different types of green tea and between different types of black tea. Both green and black tea can be higher or lower in caffeine.
Other green "tea", herbal teas processed similarly to green teaThe processes involved in the production of green tea have also recently been extended to herbal teas--teas made out of plants other than the tea plant. Examples are green rooibos and honeybush. Green yerba maté, however, is not produced similarly to green tea--that term refers simply to the unroasted form.
1. U. Maryland's Reference on Uses of Green Tea in Complementary Medicine - Well-referenced with numerous citations to recent scientific studies.
Varieties, Kinds, or Types of Green Tea
Best Green Tea
The notion of the "best" Green Tea is subjective, because different people have different tastes. We present the most often-rated and highest-rated teas in this category, and allow you to draw your own conclusions.
Most Often-Rated Teas: