Honestly and funny enough I have no energy to say a few words about Green teas anymore..
Well lets see how can I help :"Apparently not all green teas are made equal and some contain little to no antioxidants at all"
~ Yes very true! and very clever of you of being aware of it. You see it all has to go with :
1st. Having a taste of it (a sandy taste of slight bitterness of leaves - Yes)
2nd. Knowing the color types in clear glass, by observing it of color type from there on you can quickly tell the was it coloring or it is overly brew which is in Brown in color.
The type you want to know about of its range of quality pure green tea
A. they should be about yellowish-green
in color to Pure gold
in color, a slight tinge of green is okay
those are the zone/range color of what quality tea of a green tea.
Anything of this in Green color you are in question for speculation of artificial coloring.
Where the trickiest ones are when it comes of having artificial coloring are the ones of Macha
kinds, obviously/mostly known as the powder form of green tea (collectively they are same as green tea dust in factory) which is famously used in Ice-cream, cakes/ pastry.. blah blah blah.
Now of course in the tea industry there are as usual dirty business associates or bastards I would say
where tea are being sold off RDA standards. In china alone Green tea are mass made in production with other teas where buy and selling them can play much in bullshitting consumers where they mix tea. So now knowing the rough picture you should already know how these all comes about. In picking the right range of Green tea the ones of a Japanese or Koreans are the best I would say the"safest" side of sections."Now I don't enjoy green tea at all so I want go get as much benefits from 1 mug as humanly possible so which brands are really good and antioxidant rich BUT are also affordable for someone who doesn't earn a huge salary?"
Now its tough to reciprocate to adjustment of the situation above as to need as I'm a heavy Green tea drinker myself. Here is my tip for you on the as i was once when i was 17 I use to heavy billed my parent in the supermarket cause I do know which are the good ones by my wick intelligence
- Stay away of Green teas from China and of associates.
- Stay on
side made/ associates where possible of a brand.
Now you are narrowed down in a right zone of Green tea selections of having the odds of a decent Green tea.
2.Pricing wise I can't help you much it varies base on "The Brand"
Since you are in the UK, When I was in London about a month and half, I as usual of a habit love to discover the supermarkets of a country see what they have and same time went curiously bought all sorts of green tea brand was there on the shelf. Well my most and favorite Green tea Brand on the top list was by Clippers
followed by M&S Organic green tea
they were 2 pounds to 2.50 of a box. You can get it in Waitrose or in Mark & Spencer food not sure do Tesco which I hardly go to unlike Salisbury or even Tesco they were more on their sandwiches
Over here back home I stick back to my handroll Japanese tea (basically it is green tea)
it ends up like this, as the leaves opens up.
They don't come in is sachets/tea-bag. They are usually sold in loose of a vacummed bag/packet where you use a table-spoon or tea-spoon depending on your mug size and pour it about ~85'c of hotwater * not @100'C you will over cook the essence of it. Now Know which or what kinds of green tea shoul or should not be pour of a 100 degres how water? it all goes to the process kind either steaming, handroll or roasted kinds.
To value such quality of tea of where can and where not to, the roasted kinds are usually in tea-bags those are the kinds you can brew with 100"c degree water. Others like handrolled or steaming (which usually the more expensive ones) should be smartly brew @85'C degree cause you don't want to over kill the potent essence coming out from the tea leave *and they are usually young/small baby leaves. ROasted ones are a mix of fully grown leaves which are famously roasted with brown rice where you get Genmaicha. ` aha that! can be infused with 100'c of hot water.
Obvicouly Genmaicha has that very masculine taste
whihc i do love from time to time but my favorites are Plain or Lemon zest green tea like the ones from Clippers
*if I do remember they were 2 pounds a box or 2.35 somthing like that.