7 Advices That You Must Listen Before Buying Green Tea.

Whether you buy green tea for consuming in your office or at your home, whether you buy online or from the nearest convenient store, there are a wide variety of green tea brands available to choose from nowadays. However, the question remains for the common buyer "how to choose the best green tea?"

Green tea or loose leaf green tea, is made from the tender top tea leaves and bud of the plant. The fresh green leaves are steamed or boiled, pan-fired, and finally rolled and dried. The way the tea leaves are rolled determines the ultimate flavour of the tea.

Due to the growing craze of green tea among the Indian populace, almost every tea or food related company have started their own green tea blends to capitalize on the situation. While some of them are really good green teas, most of the green teas available in India are of average or below average quality. And for most of us, particularly for those who are new to green tea, it will be worthwhile to know how to buy a green tea which is best for your health and at the same time one that tastes better.

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What Makes Green Tea Green?

Heat is applied before the leaves have had a chance to turn brown, preventing them from undergoing the oxidation (fermentation) process that occurs with black teas, and allowing them to retain their natural green colour, since the chlorophyll remains in the leaves.

Tips For Selecting The Best Green Tea

Without the right information buyers normally end up choosing green teas which may not offer all the goodness it claim to offer. Here are a few tips to help you choose the right green tea.

The Best Green Tea is GREEN

Unlike black tea, green tea does not undergo the oxidation (fermentation) process that causes the green tea leaves to turn brown. Because this step is carefully skipped in green leaf tea manufacturing, the clorophyll (greening agent) remains in the the tea leaves, which is what makes green tea green. This also makes green tea the most natural form of tea with the maximum natural antioxidants intact in the tea leaves.Brewed Green Tea Leaves

Fine Quality Green Tea Leaves Before and After Brewing

So, when you brew a fine quality green tea, the tea in your cup will be still green. It is olive green in most cases. Moreover, if you see the brewed tea leaves carefully, you will see all of them will turn back to the original green color after brewing. However, if the green tea was not processed carefully, some of the tea leaves will turn brown or black after brewing. This is an important point you should always check in the green tea that you buy.

Check the Origin of Your Green Tea 

Whether you buy green tea online or from local grocery shop, you should always find out the origin of the green tea. Most of the store keepers will stock green teas which are cheap or which provide them good margins.

Check The Origin Of Green Tea

Check The Source Of Your Green Tea Carefully

Find out more on how the tea is grown and processed. Always insist on genuine quality green tea made from organically grown tea leaves only. Moreover, it is always better to buy closest from the source. With eCommerce becoming so prevalent nowadays more and more producers are selling their green teas through online portals to reach their customer base directly. It will be always worthwhile to spend some time to find out more about the producer and their manufacturing practices and directly buy from genuine organic tea growers as far as possible. 

Always Buy Whole Leaf Green Tea

Loose Leaf or Whole Leaf Green Teas are so much better than green teas found in normal tea bags. Loose leaf green tea is the most delicious as well as the most natural form of green tea available in the market.Whole Leaf - Loose Green Tea

Whole Leaf Green Tea

Youngest tea leaves in the full form are used to make these loose leaf green teas. So, when you sip loose leaf green teas, you will get a superior taste and flavour apart from the full health benefits of green tea since the essential oils are intact inside the full tea leaves.

Loose leaf green tea is also the cheapest option since you are only paying for the tea and not the extra packaging like in tea bags. If you want to buy the best green tea for home, then loose leaf is your best choice.

Conventional Green Tea Bags Are Not Best In Quality

You should try to avoid green teas in normal tea bags even though they are cheap and convenient, since they are not the best in quality. These tea bags normally contain fannings or dusts, which are broken or small pieces of tea leaves treated as rejects of the manufacturing process while making high quality loose leaf tea grades.Whole Leaf Vs Conventional Green Teabags

Whole Leaf Vs Conventional Green Tea Bags

The essential oils evaporates from the these fragmented tea leaves during the manufacturing process of these teas. That is the reason you don’t get the full flavour, taste and the health benefits when you use tea bags to brew your green tea.

These low quality teas have gained popularity in the developing countries, particularly because they are cheap and also convenient to put in normal tea bags. Of Course, tea dusts produce a very strong brew - consequently more cups are obtained per measure of tea dust.

Unfortunately, tea dusts lack the subtlety, smoothness and completeness of whole leaf teas. Also, filter papers which are commonly used in these tea bags may not be very safe since they are known to be associated with potential health hazards.  

Buy Green Teas Fresh

Tea leaves tends to lose its flavour as well as health benefits as time passes by. Green teas should be consumed within 12 months from when it is processed.Fresh Green Tea

Fresh Green Tea Leaves

There is an important point to note when you buy your green tea from the grocery store or even online. The manufacturing dates mentioned on the label of the packaged teas normally speaks about the time when it was packed in the retail packs by the the re-seller and not when the tea was plucked and processed by the tea grower. Tea normally goes through several traders including brokers and wholesalers before it gets packed in retail packs by various vendors. So, there is a chance that you will be mis-led by the manufacturing dates put on the label of packaged green tea. 

Assamica Agro offers you a collection of 100% naturally grown & handcrafted whole leaf green teas in loose as well as full leaf tea bags. These are one of the best green teas available in India and we are proud to be able to deliver these green teas at the doorsteps of more and more people everyday. Try our teas today and taste the difference between an average and the best quality green tea. 

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  • It was very enlightening …and valuble guidance as regard green tea . It would be nice if more informations are provided on its different grades their names and tastes qualities dev.

    Ratan Kumar Jain on
  • Very nice article. So much information explained in such a good way. I always look for a cup of good tea whenever I get a chance. Recently I have been having a new brand in my pantry…its called saffroncup…its really good tea..they have Assam and Darjeeling good tea..tastes heaven. They have a few other blends too. I quite like them. People can buy them online at www.saffroncup.com. Its available in Spencers and other hypermarkets too.

    Mousumi on
  • Well-written article with some useful tips on selecting the high-quality product! I appreciate your efforts of spreading awareness among your customers. Like many other people, I am also among those who judge the product quality by the price tag rather than by nutrition facts and origin. After reading this post, I will definitely spend some time researching about the popular green tea brands in the market. This will help me to aware my friends and family about this as well. Other than that, I want to ask a question regarding your post. Many people who are new to green tea prefer taking flavoured tea to enjoy the taste. As you said that healthy green tea is green in colour, what do you say about flavoured green tea? How one can judge if it is organic or not? Also, do you prefer original or flavoured green tea for the best results?

    Afia on

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