What is Green Tea?
Green tea is native to India and China, and has been consumed and celebrated for its health benefits for hundreds and hundreds of years. Considered one of the world’s healthiest drinks, it contains the highest amount of antioxidants of any tea, and recent studies suggest that green tea can have positive effects on everything from weight loss to liver disorders.
Pure and unprocessed
All teas, with the exception of herbal teas, originate from the dried leaves of the Camellia sinensis bush. It’s the level of oxidation after they’re dried that determines the kind of tea.
Green tea is made from the un-oxidised leaves and is almost entirely unprocessed, giving it its characteristic colour and maintaining high levels of antioxidants within the leaves – the benefits of which are passed on to you!
A perfect mid-morning brew
The relatively low caffeine profile of green tea makes it a fantastic mid-morning alternative to coffee. Around 45 milligrams of caffeine to coffee’s 95 milligrams means you still get a little boost without the jittery buzz of a coffee, with added antioxidants and health benefits included.
Green tea has been used in traditional Chinese and Indian medicine for many years, and is thought to aid digestion, improve your heart and mental health. It even has a positive effect on conditions like type 2 diabetes and alzheimer’s.
Read more about the health benefits of green tea on our Green Tea Health Benefits page.
Kanuka’s range of green tea features a smoky and unusual Temple of Heaven Gunpowder Green Tea which originates from China and is fired in large drums to give it its characteristic smoky taste.
For centuries, gunpowder green tea has been tightly rolled to resemble pellets of gunpowder – hence its unique name. The tighter the pellets, the higher the quality, and our gunpowder tea is among the most refined available, making it particularly special.G
Our unusual Sencha tea was found in one of the oldest plantations in Shimzu, Japan. Sencha is one of the most popular teas in Japan and has a rich umami taste. ‘Umami’ is the Japanese word for the fifth flavour profile on our tastebuds which recognise strong, salty and meatier flavours. Our Sencha is mellow and grassy, and rolled in to needle-like shapes, making it undoubtedly a traditional Japanese sencha tea.