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It’s all about Green Tea:  Fun, Relevant and Exciting Green Tea facts

What is the most popular drink in the world?

Are you a tea drinker? Then, you and millions of people around the world consume and love the taste of this one of the most popular and healthiest drink in the world, the green tea. According to results of studies conducted this year, statistics shows that there are two billion people who drink green tea every morning. According to some sources, there are about 18-20 billion of 6 0z tea cups are consumed daily in our planet.  In the US alone, there are around 1.42 million pounds of green tea consumed every day.  Every year, there is about 3,000 million tons of green tea produced worldwide. Tea is the second most popular drink in the world, next to water, which is considered as the universal solvent. Currently, there are so many studies conducted to prove the many benefits of green tea. Who knows, green tea might surpass the popularity of water in the future, considering that more and more people recognize the positive effects of green tea to health.

How did the Tradition of Green Tea Ceremony started?

Green tea (Camelia sinensis) was discovered in China thousands of years ago. At that time, they only regarded tea, as a beverage with medicinal and curative properties. Later on, they did not only recognized green tea as a medicinal drink, but also as a beverage that forms part of their daily life. Both the two neighboring countries, China and Japan developed their own tea drinking ceremonies, mirroring the importance of green tea in their culture. The monks were the first to introduce green tea ceremonies in their attempt to bring out peace, enjoyment and truth through tea drinking. Tea was made known not only for its health benefits, but also for its potential to bring enjoyment to tea drinkers. In the ancient times, tea drinking ceremonies were part of memorial celebrations among emperors and their family ancestors. The well known Japanese tea drinking ceremony is an evolution of the ceremony from China, which was brought by a monk who studied religious philosophies in the country. Tea ceremonies are so intricate that there are considerations about attitude the person, types of tea and quality of water, tea ware for brewing and drinking, ambiance and technique. There are specific manner of hand movements, clothing used and facial expressions during the ceremony. Tea ceremony is a social event and at the same time, has religious dimension. Tea ceremony has now spread all over the world and is considered an art form.

Hot or Cold Green Tea? How can you enjoy it best?

Green tea is a very versatile drink, because you can either enjoy it hot or cold. During hot summer months, it might not be so good to drink a hot tea, since it will just add discomforts brought by a highly humid temperature. A glass of refreshing iced green tea might be one of the best and healthiest options in order to beat the heat of the sun. Preparing iced green tea very simple and can be finished in five minutes. Get 500 ml of water at room temperature and then immerse a bag of green tea many times in water. After 15 seconds, chill the glass of green tea inside the refrigerator, still with the green tea bag immersed in it. Let it stay for a while and then get the tea bag from glass and enjoy the healthy treat which will not only hydrate but energize your body as well. It takes around 45 minutes to brew the iced green tea in a right way. Iced green tea speeds up metabolism; therefore, a very good option for those who wants to loose weight. Some would drink green tea because they are after of the proven health benefits from this beverage. Tea is best taken hot or warm since more health treat can be achieved this way. If it is winter months or you somehow feel like drinking a cup of warm tea, you should learn the correct way to prepare tea. Incorrect techniques potentially destroy the precious substances in the leaves and may also result to unpleasant green tea taste. Certain temperature can dissolve Catechins and amino acid from green tea. The aroma will be drawn out if water used to brew tea is in boiling temperature.  Five grams of green tea or one tea bag is just enough to produce 1 good cup of green tea. Boil water in the kettle and let it stand for 3 minutes. Pour water directly in a cup that contains the tea bag and brew it for 3 minutes. Allow the tea to cool before sipping while enjoying your rejuvenating warm tea.

 

What is the most popular drink in the world?

Are you a tea drinker? Then, you and millions of people around the world consume and love the taste of this one of the most popular and healthiest drink in the world, the green tea. According to results of studies conducted this year, statistics shows that there are two billion people who drink green tea every morning. According to some sources, there are about 18-20 billion of 6 0z tea cups are consumed daily in our planet.  In the US alone, there are around 1.42 million pounds of green tea consumed every day.  Every year, there is about 3,000 million tons of green tea produced worldwide. Tea is the second most popular drink in the world, next to water, which is considered as the universal solvent. Currently, there are so many studies conducted to prove the many benefits of green tea. Who knows, green tea might surpass the popularity of water in the future, considering that more and more people recognize the positive effects of green tea to health.

 

How did the Tradition of Green Tea Ceremony started?

Green tea (Camelia sinensis) was discovered in China thousands of years ago. At that time, they only regarded tea, as a beverage with medicinal and curative properties. Later on, they did not only recognized green tea as a medicinal drink, but also as a beverage that forms part of their daily life. Both the two neighboring countries, China and Japan developed their own tea drinking ceremonies, mirroring the importance of green tea in their culture. The monks were the first to introduce green tea ceremonies in their attempt to bring out peace, enjoyment and truth through tea drinking. Tea was made known not only for its health benefits, but also for its potential to bring enjoyment to tea drinkers. In the ancient times, tea drinking ceremonies were part of memorial celebrations among emperors and their family ancestors. The well known Japanese tea drinking ceremony is an evolution of the ceremony from China, which was brought by a monk who studied religious philosophies in the country. Tea ceremonies are so intricate that there are considerations about attitude the person, types of tea and quality of water, tea ware for brewing and drinking, ambiance and technique. There are specific manner of hand movements, clothing used and facial expressions during the ceremony. Tea ceremony is a social event and at the same time, has religious dimension. Tea ceremony has now spread all over the world and is considered an art form.

 

Hot or Cold Green Tea? How can you enjoy it best?

Green tea is a very versatile drink, because you can either enjoy it hot or cold. During hot summer months, it might not be so good to drink a hot tea, since it will just add discomforts brought by a highly humid temperature. A glass of refreshing iced green tea might be one of the best and healthiest options in order to beat the heat of the sun. Preparing iced green tea very simple and can be finished in five minutes. Get 500 ml of water at room temperature and then immerse a bag of green tea many times in water. After 15 seconds, chill the glass of green tea inside the refrigerator, still with the green tea bag immersed in it. Let it stay for a while and then get the tea bag from glass and enjoy the healthy treat which will not only hydrate but energize your body as well. It takes around 45 minutes to brew the iced green tea in a right way. Iced green tea speeds up metabolism; therefore, a very good option for those who wants to loose weight. Some would drink green tea because they are after of the proven health benefits from this beverage. Tea is best taken hot or warm since more health treat can be achieved this way. If it is winter months or you somehow feel like drinking a cup of warm tea, you should learn the correct way to prepare tea. Incorrect techniques potentially destroy the precious substances in the leaves and may also result to unpleasant green tea taste. Certain temperature can dissolve Catechins and amino acid from green tea. The aroma will be drawn out if water used to brew tea is in boiling temperature.  Five grams of green tea or one tea bag is just enough to produce 1 good cup of green tea. Boil water in the kettle and let it stand for 3 minutes. Pour water directly in a cup that contains the tea bag and brew it for 3 minutes. Allow the tea to cool before sipping while enjoying your rejuvenating warm tea.

How is Green Tea Processed?

Do you want to know why green tea is such a nutritious drink? Well, the secret lies in a way how it was processed. In a gist, green tea did not undergo a process called fermentation, allowing it to retain most of the photochemical contained in its leaves. There are other teas available; the common ones are black and red tea. The difference of f tea to these two types of tea lies in the processing method. Green tea skipped the process of fermentation, which is otherwise the process in making the other types of tea. According to many scientific studies, green tea has greater antioxidant content as compared to red and black tea. Antioxidant is a substance that gives a lot amazing benefit human health, which is why, the greater amount of this substance in foods or other sources, is preferred.  How basically was green tea processed before it can reach our cup? Green tea is made from the finest and carefully chosen buds and top two leaves of Camellia sinensis plant. In order to successfully cultivate green tea, the amount of rainfall as well as the acidity of the soil must be considered. Tea shoots are plucked manually. After plucking the fresh leaves must be dried in order to arrest the fermentation process in the leaves. This technique halts an enzyme activity which results to oxidation. Pan frying and withering to dry with the aid of air or sun can be used. The leaves must be enthused constantly in order to ensure uniform drying. Steam drying is also used, particularly in Japan. The next step includes rolling and shaping with the aid of a specialized machine. They can actually form green tea leaves into different shapes, twisted, curly or pointed? Which shape do you want? Well, it doesn’t really affect the taste, but it makes the tea leaves uniformly shaped and nicer to look at. The real purpose of this step is to control the release of flavor and natural substances once the tea bag in already immersed in your cup. In Japan, they reduce moisture content for up to five percent prior to packaging, by subjecting it to another round of drying. Tea leaves are again subjected to rolling in order to distribute the remaining moisture, uniformly, from the middle part to the surface of the leaves. The green tea leaves will again, go through a drying/rolling process using a different machine. After subjecting to a machine dry and rolling period, the tea leaves are removed from the machine, divided into small portions and put inside the pots. Using weights, the leaved are hand rolled into needle or tiny round shapes. The entire process can take for about 10 long hours. In final drying, moisture is reduced to 5% or less. The product is now a half processed tea and can already be shipped to tea traders for final processing and distribution to markets. The half processed green tea leaves will be subjected into machines which will refine the tea and make it a quality product. It will undergo another drying process before packaging. Can you count how many drying processes should green tea undertake, before it can finally be packed and reach the bottom of our cup? Despite of the laborious tea processing, it’s all worth it, considering all the health wonders we can get from this plant. So let’s toast for a healthy green tea life!

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