The Tea Newbie Series: Part 1: Green Tea

Do you love a good cuppa but aren’t familiar with the multitude of tea types, where they come from and how to brew them? This five part Tea Newbie series is for you! Find out all you need to know – in your tea break. 

It’s no secret that tea comes in a multitude of incarnations – however green tea in particular has a reputation which precedes it. The Tea Merchant not only stocks an extensive range of loose leaf green tea – we also have all the information about it you’ll need to know!

For example, did you know that Green tea dates back all the way from the first millennium A.D and is synonymous with twelfth century tea ceremonies?

Of course we are all familiar with green tea being long purported health benefits but exactly what gives this tea its elixir status? First of all, it has undergone minimal oxidation during processing. Green tea retains antioxidants (which help protect against cancer and combat the signs of aging) and poly-phenols, which intensify the rate at which the body turns food into calories whilst simultaneously suppressing the appetite. Studies have also shown that the tea activates fat burning genes in the abdomen.

Furthermore, it has been known to regulate glucose levels which is excellent for diabetics, and boost your immune system! Cholesterol or blood pressure problems? Green tea increases the ratio of good cholesterol to bad cholesterol and is thought to reduce the risk of high blood pressure.

Green tea is best when drunk straight away so best is to choose a tea pot and a cup whose size is appropriate the numbers of cups you are making. Cups for green tea tend to be slightly smaller as it tastes best when drunk before it cools too much. As a rule of thumb, green tea is not brewed for longer than three minutes however all of The Tea Merchant’s tea come with instructions specific to the variant.


Nico Basson
Nico Basson