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funkymuse
Friday, May 18, 2007, 6:33pm Report to Moderator Report to Moderator
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I want to go online and buy some really good organic Green Tea and don't know the first thing about good green tea except that I don't like Celestial Seasonings!  I've had some good green tea but I don't remember the brand.

The Wild Oats I shop at does not seem to have a good brand (they might but I'm not sure what to get and it all seems really pricey); so I was hoping to find a good tea at a decent price online but have no idea with so many to choose from what to pick!!!  

Recommendations would be much appreciated!  

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I have been drinking Choice Organics Premium Green Japananese Tea in the individual tea bags (20 ct).  

One of the reasons I favor this brand is because they do not use bleached paper and I believe chlorine in their tea bags.

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I order from Murchies in Canada. †http://www.murchies.com. † †They have several kinds.
I love their Spring Green Leaf tea the best.


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Thank you for sharing the Murchies website site with us, Linda.

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I love NAP's Mr. Itaru's green tea and roasted rice blend.  Not in tea bags so I get to use a tea ball.  Yummilicious.

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Quoted from debra
I love NAP's Mr. Itaru's green tea and roasted rice blend.


      just goes to show how dif everyone's taste is.  
funkymuse, if you have a Whole Foods near you, you can buy any brand of green tea you want, try it and if you don't like it, take it back, no questions asked. Well considering you haven't used half the box .  that is one of the things I LOVE about WF!!



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Might also check online for Harney and Sons.  They sell wonderful teas.

I also picked up a box of White/Green decaf blend at the store the other day made by The Good Earth.  It was a fantastic tea.
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Wow.. thanks for all the suggestions... I'll order online until I can get down into Portland to WF, it's about and hour and 10 minutes away from me.  sigh.

They did buy all the Wild Oats up around here so I'm hoping they upgrade a bit to include more of what WF's is known for... lots of good organic variety and brands!
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I donīt like the NAP's Mr. Itaru's green tea either.
I would say maybe start with something light most people that I have converted to green tea did not like the japanese pure version as a first one but prefered light chinese versions maybe with lemon or other taste.
Can you get a mixed box? that is a way of trying the different versions.


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My favorite green tea is the Genmaicha that I get from Mountain Rose Herbs.
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It has a nutty roasted undertone to the Sencha green tea.

My other favorite is powdered green tea from Sei Mee.  CLICK  It is a powdered Sencha.

In general, Sencha teas are good quality green leaves.  They are high in antioxidants, mild tasting and rarely bitter unless you use the water too hot.  It is a Japanese tea.

Chinese teas are too sharp tasting and strong for me.  I also prefer loose leaf tea because the best tea is sold loose and the smaller broken pieces can be packaged into bags.  Nothing wrong with it, but you will get the best if it's loose.  Also you get more flavor if the tea is not being filtered through the bag material.



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In general, Sencha teas are good quality green leaves. †They are high in antioxidants, mild tasting and rarely bitter unless you use the water too hot. †It is a Japanese tea.


That is the only japanese I like

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Chinese teas are too sharp tasting and strong for me.

Funny none of the chinese are sharp tasting- but mybe I brew them light

What about the slightly fishy taste some japanese teas have ?
I went to a japanese resturant and Ialmost

Several times I have had green tea with the same fishy tate - I havnīt said any thing - just asked for lemon


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Henriette,
Can you recommend a good brand of Chinese tea that you like?  I'm open to experimenting.



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I think the brand I get is danish .. it is fragent and has a flowery taste.
I got a new brand yesterday
It is called Qi - it has green tea, lemon peel, lemon verbena and I think it is rather good...
BTW I think white tea rocks...love the lightness here in the summer...


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I just picked up three brands of loose organic tea from Rishi:

Emerald Lily (organic green)
Jade Cloud (Green Tea)
Plum Berry (Organic White)

So far we have tried the Emerald Lily... good and strong.  Had to cut it.  2 Tbls made 32 oz's with one of the 16 oz being a re-brew.

I guess this is Chinese Tea
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Be sure the water you use is good too... many tap waters can really destroy the flavor of a delicate tea like green or white.  Unfortunately the hot water at the conference was a bit off to me, though they had some fabulous genmaicha, it could have been much more fabulous with filtered mountain water.  I swear I can taste the chlorine in it otherwise.  I ended up using the powdered sencha I brought with me in bottled water (DHC was the brand - I haven't tried other brands in cold water, but I know that one works and is in convenient little single serve envelopes, great for travel).

Brewing time and temperature are also essential, matched to the type of green tea (Japanese has a shorter brewing time, Chinese longer, I think both have some unique health benefits)  DHC also has some chinese green tea high in ECGG's (I think that's what they're called) that tastes just fine after brewing for 20 minutes, which in the case of ECGG release is what they recommend for it.  I suspect their teas are just a private-labelled version of the authentic brands, so you can probably find it elsewhere under the original brands.


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That Green Tea Powder sounds absolutely GREAT!  Any thoughts on blood types ingesting the tea leaves versus just the brew from the leaves?

For example, pineapple juice is a beneficial and the fruit is just a neutral....
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I wouldn't know about tea leaves for blood types, but I have a feeling that it is the same as drinking the brew.  My experience with green tea is that moderation is the key.  More of a good thing is not necessarily better.  

More than 16 oz of green tea is counterproductive for me.  I feel worse instead of better.  One nice big mug after breakfast is quite perfect.



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Victoria- I ordered some Sei Mee Tea. I really like the idea of a powder I can mix in hot or cold water. Also nice to think of getting 100% benefit- no waste.
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Let me know how you like the powdered green tea, Purlgirl!



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Be sure the water you use is good too... many tap waters can really destroy the flavor of a delicate tea like green or white.


I concur with your sentiment, Melissa_J. †Tea made from filtered water or 'clean' water has a completely different taste than that made from tap water. †Good water is the foundation of good tea.

Oversteeping or overbrewing can destroy the flavor, subtleness, and delicate nuances of some teas.

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I think the powder gives you more caffeine (and maybe more of some of the beneficial stuff?) because it is all in there, nothing left behind, but otherwise I don't know of any other differences. †It seems that all types of green tea and white tea are beneficial, though in different ways.

Chinese green teas are brewed longer so you get some different benefits with it, more EGCG's. †White tea apparently has more antioxidants but I haven't heard if it has as much of the other beneficial parts. †I think variety is key.


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If you have a lot of choices available to you it might be a good idea to buy small samples of each and try them out. I found an excellent green tea in a Korean food store that I had never seen anywhere else before. Although only available in bags it is tasty, smooth and aromatic.

Personal taste plays a certain role as well.





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Hello, broken record here, reporting in with my usual green tea recommendation *lol*!

If you are looking for a strong, rich, complex, delicious green tea, might I suggest the following?  I'll answer my own question:  YES, I think I might *tee hee*:

Haiku brand 100% organic Japanese Hojicha Roasted Green Tea.

Link (you want the one in the red box...oh, and check out the table for caffeine comparisons of coffee, tea, etc.):  http://www.great-eastern-sun.com/shopnew/haikuteas.html#Hojicha


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I prefer Clearspring.
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