Where One can Buy Green Tea?


Shalu! I am planning to start having green tea daily.
That’s good. It is full of goodness you know.
Yes. But not sure yet where to get buy green tea.
Why? Does that matter?

Absolutely!

Yes. Green tea is fantastic for the health; but taking care while getting your green tea is equally important. Otherwise, there could be consequences.

Pesticides – Usage of pesticide is common in tea plantation. It is equally common finding the traces of such chemicals in your cuppa if proper care is not taken while processing. So, always be particular about sources of your green tea. Organic is definitely better. Don’t just settle for anyone claiming organic. Check their certificate. Otherwise, you can go for companies sourcing their green tea for trusted sources.

Whole leaf – Loose green tea leaves are far better and richer in quality compared to your regular green tea bags as you get more whole leaves while buying loose teas. However, we all know tea bags are convenient to store and easier for making your cup of green tea. So, you don’t need to ditch green tea bags when and where it is needed. Just take care of the brand and sources of raw leaves.

Freshness – This is another important thing to look out for; date of plucking. Generally, on retail packages we get date of packing and not the date of actual plucking. So, be careful about that. The fresher your green tea leaves the better it is.

Having said all, how could you actually buy a pack of green tea that fits all these criteria? After all, there is not point in destroying your mental composure for a cup of good green tea!

Don’t worry! We have few check list that you can trust while buying green tea.

  1. Don’t rely too much on your grocery store guy for selection of your green tea.
  2. Bulk tea makers or supermarket green tea brands are not reliable for good quality green tea. They are in volume business and not after nitty-gritty of quality. Take no offence please!
  3. You can rely on specialized green tea brands as it is their forte. Though, they are mostly available online.
  4. Always check background of the brand and the company.
  5. Try tasting multiple brands before zeroing on any one as your trusted choice of green tea.

In case you are interested, TE-A-ME teas fits all the above check. They take meticulous care in every aspect of green tea before packing; and after packing too. And TE-A-ME green teas are available in multiple naturally blended flavours for your all sorts of green tea requirements. Give it a try.

5 Frequently Asked Questions on Green Teas


Popularity of green tea is increasing globally; and so do increasing people’s willingness to know more about it. It’s natural; because today consumers make conscious decisions. And for that knowing facts is very important. Let’s try to find out answers to frequently asked questions about green tea.

#1. What is green tea extract? 

Common practice is to have green tea as beverage. However, in some parts of the world, China and India, green tea is ingested as extract prepared from leaves of Camellia sinensis or, as commonly known, tea leaves. In terms of active ingredients, there is not much difference is content between green tea as beverage and green tea as extract as both contain nearly similar amount of active compounds, polyphenols. Tea plant produce polyphenols to protect itself from various microoganisms. However, there is one distinct benefit of green tea extract over the drink; and that is, extract contains less amount of caffeine. As per modern health science it is good for health. Though, same thing make extract less stimulant. For that reason green tea extract is often used in traditional medicine.

#2. What is green tea made of?

Green tea is processed leaves of Camellia sinensis or the common tea plant. It is the same plant from which we get black tea and oolong tea. The difference is in the processing. Unlike black tea leaves and oolong tea leaves, green tea does not go through extensive withering and oxidation. It helps to retain considerable amount of active compounds and anti-oxidants, like, polyphenols, in green tea and make it a very healthy beverage. Depending on the nature of soil, growing weather, plantation method and processing, quality of green tea varies and so do the taste.

#3. What kind of green to drink for weight lose? 

All over the world green tea is well recognized for its fat burning quality. And it does that in several ways. Without going into detailed physiological basis of green tea-induced weight loss, we can broadly say that green tea helps in losing weight by increasing metabolism and preventing fat accumulation. All variety of green tea is good for this purpose. However, it has been observed that green tea mixed with honey and lemon is particularly effective. You can use naturally blended green tea honey lemon for this purpose.

#4. What is the use of green tea?

As a beverage, green tea posses multiple health benefits because of its rich polyphenol and anti-oxidant content. Broadly speaking, other than inducing weight loss, green tea also helps in

  • Countering diabetes mellitus
  • Impacting heart diseases
  • Treating skin diseases
  • Soothing nerves
  • Fighting cancers

#5. What goes good with green tea?

We all know that not all food go well with every type of beverages. Same is true for green tea. Mostly, in terms of flavour, there are 3 varieties of green teas available world wide – vegetal Chinese, fruity Indian and smoky Japanese. Depending on these flavors food should also vary. Broadly speaking,

  • Vegetal green tea is good for pairing with seafood.
  • Fruity variety goes well with sweet and lighter meals
  • Smoky variety is strong and hence goes well with food having strong flavors. Sweet food might make this variety tastes bitter.

Have you received answer to the question in your mind? If not feel free to ask Teame Teas. We will be happy to answer all your queries regarding green tea. In case your question is not in the list we’ll happy to update our FAQ with your query too. Enjoy your cuppa and boost up your health.

When is the Best Time to Drink Green Tea?


You have decided to add green tea to your daily diet; but not sure yet when to take green tea or how many cups you should have daily! Well; don’t worry. Many of us have had this question at the beginning. In fact it’s a legit question; because timing is very crucial in daily diet. Body reacts with what we eat or drink differently at different time of the day and different seasons in a year.

Let us first understand when you should not have green tea.

First thing in the morning?

A cup of regular green tea contains lots of

  • phytochemicals, like, polyphenols, caffeine
  • anti-oxidants, like, flavonoids

These are all active compounds. Caffeine is a psychoactive stimulant. So, it is natural that you might prefer having green tea in the morning once you wake up.

Wait a sec. This is not advisable as having green tea in empty stomach can harm your liver. So, don’t make green tea your first thing in the morning.

Just after meal?

Too many people are habituated to drink tea or coffee just after lunch or dinner. This is not an advisable habit too. It directly interferes with digestion of meal. You don’t get complete benefit of either. Similarly, having a cup tea or coffee before meal is also not advisable. It impairs your appetite. Same is true for green tea.

Always try to maintain a gap of at least an hour before or after meal while having green tea. It actually stimulate body’s nutrition ingestion capability and also improves appetite; other than regular benefits.

Before you go to bed?

Never ever drink green tea just before you are going to sleep. Caffeine in green tea will keep you awake and disturb your sleep cycle. This is true despite the fact the caffeine content in green tea is much less than coffee or a cup of strong black tea. Besides, green tea is diuretic; induce urination. That would also hamper a sound sleep.

So, when is the best time to drink green tea?

  • Around 9:30 to 10 am just before starting the regular work schedule
  • Before or after meal with at least an hour gap
  • Roughly 30 minutes before your exercise schedule

Also, try to go lighter on green tea during winter. That might cause dehydration in dry winter weather. Summer is the best time to have green tea. And prefer not to take more than 3 to 4 cups green tea. Otherwise, it might drain out essential elements from your body.

How to Prepare Perfect Green Tea at Home

Ellie, you don’t need to learn making tea!
Who said you that Ravi?
Isn’t it simple making green tea! Like, have some hot water, steep the tea and stain before your pour in your cup.

Well that depends.

Indeed. Everyone knows how to make tea even if he or she has never tried in own hand. So, what is so especial about preparing perfect green tea at home?

Let’s have a look at what’s the standard preparation of green tea.

  • Heat up water
  • Place your green tea leaves in tea pot
  • Pour hot water
  • Steep for a while
  • Stir a spoon inside tea pot to make tea infusion even
  • Pour tea in the cup

Why green tea making is a little delicate?

Green tea is less processed; hence contains good amount astringency components and flavouring components. They dissolve in water at different temperatures. Astringency components, like, catechins, are particularly good for health. For good dissolve of astringency components, we need around 80-90 degree Celsius temperature; however, at such temperature flavours tend to fade out making the tea bland. Water quality also impact flavour. So, maintaining temperature and water quality is key to making perfect green tea.

So, the last words…

  • In case you are having high quality flavour green tea or naturally flavoured green tea then you need to keep the water temperature around 70 degree Celsius.
  • For better astringency, keep the water at around 90 degree Celsius.
  • Use low mineral water; for tap water make sure to remove chlorine odour before using.
  • For low temperature steeping keep the green tea for around 120 – 150 seconds. For high temperature steeping correct duration would be around 60 seconds.

Te-a-me Teas is well known name in the world of quality tea. You can choose your favourite green tea flavour in loose as well as in tea bags. Next time, remember the points we just discussed for preparing your perfect cup of green tea.