Green tea is considered to be the king of teas: It is very authentic and at the centre of Japanese tea culture. Green tea is also rated highly in our corner of the world: its flavour is complex and multifaceted – and each type has its own character.
It’s not just taste that has made green tea so popular, but also its positive effect on health, fitness and well-being.
Why is green tea healthy?
The right preparation
What is the most popular green tea?
There are thousands of different types of green tea. Many of them contain very different substances. In order to make the most of the health benefits of green tea, it is best to frequently vary the types you drink. As its positive benefits are mainly a result of the interaction between different substances. For instance, gyokuro, sencha and bancha complement each other perfectly.
Some of the most popular green teas are:
- Sencha: This tea is made from young leaves and buds and is very healthy. Sencha tastes mellow and fresh, slightly bitter with a balanced sweetness tone. It should be drunk in the morning because of its high caffeine content.
- Gyokuro: Young shaded tea leaves are used for making gyokuro tea. It continues to mature after it has been harvested, tastes delicate and slightly sweet, and sometimes has a subtle note of nori algae. It also contains a lot of caffeine, which makes it the perfect kick-start to the day.
- Bancha: This green tea contains less caffeine and is perfect for the evening. It is made from coarser tea leaves that come from a later harvest. Bancha contains many minerals and trace elements.
- Shincha: Shincha drinkers love its slightly bitter and sweet taste. Shincha is harvested early and contains a high amount of vitamins and fatty acids. It is a good choice for noon or the afternoon.
- Karigane: This tea is made from the twigs of sencha tea. It tastes tangy, with a light fruit note. Thanks to its low caffeine content, it is also suitable for the evening. Karigane contains many minerals, trace elements and L-theanine.
On the whole, you should make sure you choose pure tea. It contains more polyphenols than flavoured green teas or tea blends.
Organic teas are very healthy as pollutants are avoided during the production process.