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    Apr 29, 2014 7:41 AM GMT
    I have a question about green tea!

    Apparently not all green teas are made equal and some contain little to no antioxidants at all. 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?

    PS I'm from the UK so I don't know if there's loads of difference in what is available.
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    Apr 29, 2014 7:44 AM GMT
    I've got a japanese brand I get but I don't know what the hell it's called haha

    It's in a plain white box with some japanese symbol on it.

    When I pull it out tomorrow I'll remember to take a photo of it.

    The little japanese lady who sold it to me uses it for traditional tea ceremonies.

    Its really nice too. Costs a pretty penny also.

    I've been absolutely no help what so ever.
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    Apr 29, 2014 7:51 AM GMT
    lilTanker saidI've got a japanese brand I get but I don't know what the hell it's called haha

    It's in a plain white box with some japanese symbol on it.

    When I pull it out tomorrow I'll remember to take a photo of it.

    The little japanese lady who sold it to me uses it for traditional tea ceremonies.

    Its really nice too. Costs a pretty penny also.

    I've been absolutely no help what so ever.


    I have heard japanese green tea is better because the soil quality is less polluted. I think on the box they should state how much antioxidant the product contains because I know roughly through Internet research has what is considered good/bad.
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    Apr 29, 2014 7:55 AM GMT
    Danny_boy93 saidI have heard japanese green tea is better because the soil quality is less polluted. I think on the box they should state how much antioxidant the product contains because I know roughly through Internet research has what is considered good/bad.

    I can't say why but it certainly is better tasting.

    I drink it and I've used it a few times in ice cream.
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    Apr 29, 2014 7:59 AM GMT
    oh and it doesn't have any dye in it to make the tea appear more green
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    Apr 29, 2014 11:14 AM GMT
    I don't drink green tea. If it's green it isn't ripe yet.
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    Apr 29, 2014 11:31 AM GMT
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    Apr 29, 2014 11:33 AM GMT
    Look for Genmaicha (玄米茶, "brown rice tea") from local Japanese retailers, yes this is gonna be expensive, but this stuff is too good to pass the chance.
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    Apr 29, 2014 1:47 PM GMT
    'Green Tea' is a meaningless term. Here in Japan there is 'Nihon-cha' (Japanese tea) which encompasses a variety of teas such as Ban-cha, Hoji-cha, Sen-cha, Gyokuro, Mattcha . . . some of these are brown in color, some green. Each variety has its own characteristics and unique flavor. They all come from the same plant; the difference is in the growing and the processing.
  • AWashingtonia...

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    Apr 30, 2014 11:39 AM GMT
    Danny_boy93 saidI have a question about green tea!

    Apparently not all green teas are made equal and some contain little to no antioxidants at all. 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?

    PS I'm from the UK so I don't know if there's loads of difference in what is available.


    If there is a Chinatown near where you live or an import district that you can find, you should look around. I wouldn't necessarily ask because they'll steer you toward the most expensive stuff.

    I like gunpowder green tea found in the local large Asian import store. It should cost around 5-10 US dollars for a box that will last you a very long time.
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    Apr 30, 2014 11:41 AM GMT
    Har19 said^
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    *applauds*
  • biYguy

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    Apr 30, 2014 12:21 PM GMT
    OscarWilde saidLook for Genmaicha (玄米茶, "brown rice tea") from local Japanese retailers, yes this is gonna be expensive, but this stuff is too good to pass the chance.


    I drink Genmaicha all the time and it is relatively inexpensive. When I serve it to non green tea drinkers, they are usually pleasantly surprised and invariably ask for details.
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    Apr 30, 2014 3:30 PM GMT
    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
    Lemon_Lime_429862_i0.png to 356_Golden_YellowNew-1.jpg
    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.
    green-tea2.jpg

    Where the trickiest ones are when it comes of having artificial coloring are the ones of Macha or Sencha 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 icon_rolleyes.gif 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 the Japanese Or Korean 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 teathey 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 icon_razz.gif

    Over here back home I stick back to my handroll Japanese tea (basically it is green tea)
    800px-Chakan_aracha_kesencha_yabukita_20

    it ends up like this, as the leaves opens up.
    Tea_leaves_steeping_in_a_zhong_%C4%8Daj_

    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 icon_cool.gif whihc i do love from time to time but my favorites are Plain or Lemon zest green tea like the ones from Clippers

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    *if I do remember they were 2 pounds a box or 2.35 somthing like that.

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    Apr 30, 2014 4:07 PM GMT
    i always go to my local herb shop & get a bag of green tea leaves. that's prolly your best bet.

    it looks exactly like this
    green-tea-leaves1.jpg


    tea bags are for sissies.
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    Apr 30, 2014 6:35 PM GMT
    patito said

    ....

    tea bags are for sissies.


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    Apr 30, 2014 7:32 PM GMT
    The best tea is from "le palais de thes" its a french tea company and they have outlets all over the world....u can order it online too ..google and see it. Its not too expensive....but its special....the company is obsessed with quality and having the highest quality of teas from all over the world but packaged in France.
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    Apr 30, 2014 7:48 PM GMT
    Danny_boy93 said
    lilTanker saidI've got a japanese brand I get but I don't know what the hell it's called haha

    It's in a plain white box with some japanese symbol on it.

    When I pull it out tomorrow I'll remember to take a photo of it.

    The little japanese lady who sold it to me uses it for traditional tea ceremonies.

    Its really nice too. Costs a pretty penny also.

    I've been absolutely no help what so ever.


    I have heard japanese green tea is better because the soil quality is less polluted. I think on the box they should state how much antioxidant the product contains because I know roughly through Internet research has what is considered good/bad.


    But Danny boy, green tea is from a much older time and well before nutrition labels. The elders drank it with a calm mind and received the benefits without needing to know chemistry.

    That is one of the benefits now. Good tea, well handled, gives us refreshment and calm and there are wise people who know that these things keep us healthy in a way that chemical analysis will not.
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    May 01, 2014 3:21 PM GMT
    Har19 saidHonestly 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
    Lemon_Lime_429862_i0.png to 356_Golden_YellowNew-1.jpg
    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.
    green-tea2.jpg

    Where the trickiest ones are when it comes of having artificial coloring are the ones of Macha or Sencha kinds, obviously/mostly known as the power 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 as usual dirty business associates or bastards I would say icon_rolleyes.gif where tea are being sold RDA standards. In china alone Green tea are mass made in production with other teas and buy and selling them can play much in bullshitting consumers. 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 the Japanese Or Korean 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 teathey 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 icon_razz.gif

    Over here back home I stick back to my handroll Japanese tea (basically it is green tea)
    800px-Chakan_aracha_kesencha_yabukita_20

    it ends up like this, as the leaves opens up.
    Tea_leaves_steeping_in_a_zhong_%C4%8Daj_

    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 icon_cool.gif whihc i do love from time to time but my favorites are Plain or Lemon zest green tea like the ones from Clippers

    _J1I0343c.jpg
    *if I do remember they were 2 pounds a box or 2.35 somthing like that.

    icon_wink.gif

    Wow you're a green tea guru that's awesome. We used to have clippers at work but I never tried it and then they said we couldn't order it anymore so I never tried it. I do like clippers black tea and they are an ethical brand so it's definitely worth giving it a go.

    Cheers for sharing your knowledge icon_smile.gif
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    May 01, 2014 3:30 PM GMT
    LJay said
    Danny_boy93 said
    lilTanker saidI've got a japanese brand I get but I don't know what the hell it's called haha

    It's in a plain white box with some japanese symbol on it.

    When I pull it out tomorrow I'll remember to take a photo of it.

    The little japanese lady who sold it to me uses it for traditional tea ceremonies.

    Its really nice too. Costs a pretty penny also.

    I've been absolutely no help what so ever.


    I have heard japanese green tea is better because the soil quality is less polluted. I think on the box they should state how much antioxidant the product contains because I know roughly through Internet research has what is considered good/bad.


    But Danny boy, green tea is from a much older time and well before nutrition labels. The elders drank it with a calm mind and received the benefits without needing to know chemistry.

    That is one of the benefits now. Good tea, well handled, gives us refreshment and calm and there are wise people who know that these things keep us healthy in a way that chemical analysis will not.


    True but I worry that it is potentially over manufactured now as opposed to then and I'm trying to have as many antioxidant rich foods as possible. In addition to my normal food like meat/veg etc I have 21 blueberries and 9 cherries everyday.

    Maybe I shouldn't worry about it too much because just drinking the tea will have benefits and anything that calms me on stressful days will probably be good for me.
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    May 01, 2014 3:32 PM GMT

    You are welcome Danny icon_wink.gif
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    May 02, 2014 8:52 AM GMT
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    patito said

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    tea bags are for sissies.


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    well yeah. ha ha
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    May 02, 2014 4:55 PM GMT
    Fujian Green Tea (Chinese Green Tea) available at most Asian supermarkets in the U.S. and even here in Thailand. It has a unique Chinese tea taste unlike the Japanese variety or the Lipton Green Tea (of the Indian tea variety). Green tea is not popular with the Chinese though; instead we'd drink Oolong Tea (which is partially fermented). I'd personally drink Black tea for its highest caffeine content.

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    May 03, 2014 2:52 AM GMT
    Homerk saidFujian Green Tea (Chinese Green Tea) available at most Asian supermarkets in the U.S. and even here in Thailand. It has a unique Chinese tea taste unlike the Japanese variety or the Lipton Green Tea (of the Indian tea variety). Green tea is not popular with the Chinese though; instead we'd drink Oolong Tea (which is partially fermented). I'd personally drink Black tea for its highest caffeine content.

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    Really?! Here, in Beijing, PRC, EVERYONE is drinking GREEN Tea. ALL DAY EVERY DAY in those huge thermal containers. From the city cleaners to the bus drivers to the business executives. It's pretty popular and common. The rare teas are the black, pu'er chas, and other little know varietals.

    They'll serve damei cha or a mix of flower tea, Wulong tea(or oolong)or green tea (lv cha) at restaurants. People are also getting into buckwheat tea for its cleansing properties.

    It's a good idea to go to your local herb store like on person wrote. They will be able to help you find exactly what you want.
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    May 03, 2014 4:26 AM GMT
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    Really?! Here, in Beijing, PRC, EVERYONE is drinking GREEN Tea. ALL DAY EVERY DAY in those huge thermal containers. From the city cleaners to the bus drivers to the business executives. It's pretty popular and common. The rare teas are the black, pu'er chas, and other little know varietals.

    They'll serve damei cha or a mix of flower tea, Wulong tea(or oolong)or green tea (lv cha) at restaurants. People are also getting into buckwheat tea for its cleansing properties.

    It's a good idea to go to your local herb store like on person wrote. They will be able to help you find exactly what you want.


    @awashingtonian, thanks for that piece of cultural info on the Mainland Chinese. (I'm ignorant of their exact culture compared to other Chinese). I only run into Taiwanese and overseas Hongkong Chinese, and Chinese Thais. I observe they drink black tea, not green tea. My family drinks Jasmine tea (which is technically black tea). Bottled green tea beverage doesn't count because I categorize that as a soft drink alternative.

    Also, the "green tea" that you see the mainland Chinese drink, is it mulberry tea and not green tea? Mulberry tea is a herbal infusion and less expensive. (Sorry I am genuinely curious because I used to work on a green tea beverage account).

    While on this subject, do the Mainland Chinese grade their tea? For black tea, we have #1,#2, & #3 (the lower the number, the more premium).