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funkymuse
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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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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 don´t 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 havn´t 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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My other favorite is powdered green tea from Sei Mee.  CLICK  It is a powdered Sencha.


Well this is it!!!  

I ordered the powedered regular green and decaf and my husband and I both LOVE this tea.

It has a wonderful flavor and we are so happy to be getting all the extensive benefits of the entire tea leaf.

Thanks for this GREAT recommendation.  

One of the wonderful things about this board is that you can discover foods and beverages, teas, recipies and all kinds of other things that you never would have run across in your lifetime.  
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I like Stash Organic Green Jasmine.  They also have an organic ginger japanese tea that is pretty good.  Also Republic of Tea makes some good tea.  I like oolong tea even better than green but I drink green tea more often because it's supposed to be healthier.  

I've heard good things about the tea NAP sells but I"ve never tried it.
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funkymuse,
I'm so glad you guys like it.  I think it's a marvelous find!



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I may be biased, but I like the NAP green tea. Just don't overbrew it.


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Well this is it!!!  

I ordered the powedered regular green and decaf and my husband and I both LOVE this tea.

It has a wonderful flavor and we are so happy to be getting all the extensive benefits of the entire tea leaf. 


Thank you funkymuse for sharing your purchased experience with Victoria's green tea recommendation.  This information may be helpful to others on the forum.

This forum is a resourceful sounding board for a variety of BTD lifestyle products.

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I'm sad to say, I'm getting tired of my Genmai cha tea...I want something stronger. I've tried the hojicha tea, hijiki tea, and a number of other brands of 'green tea'. I've been drinking coffee again, because I want the dark, bitter, full-bodied flavor that it gives me. I just don't want all the caffeine. Reg coffee is a bennie, and so is green tea, whereas decaf is a frequent neutral...


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Perhaps my taste buds just ain't what they used to be.

I buy whatever is on sale and use spring water, and it all tastes the same to me.

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Drea,
Before you give up on Genmaicha, try the bulk Genmaicha from Mountain Rose Herbals;  CLICK
and add 1/2 tsp unsweetened cocoa per 8 oz.  I use raw, organic cocoa, and think it has a better flavor.  It's certainly higher in antioxidants.  CLICK.    
I buy it locally, or it can be ordered from various sites.  Shop around because the price varies wildly.

Anyway, the combination gives the right combination for my tastes.  It comes the closest to meeting that stout, slightly bitter, slightly roasted flavor that coffee used to do for me.  

Why don't you have just a small (6 oz.) cup of high quality organic coffee, enjoy, and just don't get carried away?  

I actually think the cadillac of genmaicha tea is Choice tea in bulk, but it is WAY too expensive!  And I haven't tried NAP's green tea yet, so I can't comment on that one.



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Why don't you have just a small (6 oz.) cup of high quality organic coffee, enjoy, and just don't get carried away?  


partly because of what shoulderblade had to say in response to my Pernio question...it may be that the coffee is affecting my toes...won't know for sure, though, until I do a controlled test.

I really like your idea of chocolate green tea. I'll try it! I buy organic unsweetened cocoa, and have some on the shelf. I like to control the amount of sweetener in things..


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Drea,
Before you give up on Genmaicha, add 1/2 tsp unsweetened cocoa per 8 oz.  I use raw, organic cocoa, and think it has a better flavor.  
   
Anyway, the combination gives the right combination for my tastes.  It comes the closest to meeting that stout, slightly bitter, slightly roasted flavor that coffee used to do for me.  


Oh my goodness! I tried this with my brand of genmai cha (don't remember the name just now) and a tsp of ghee. Not sure on the ghee part at this point, but the drink was deeeeelicious. Almost better than coffee. I think I used too much cocoa powder, so will experiment with that, but YUM.


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I'm glad you like it, Drea.  I find that that mysterious something that the flavor of coffee offers is hard to match.  But this comes very close, and I've come to like it much better than I ever liked coffee.  The thing is, I always and still do, LOVE the smell of fresh coffee.  But after the first few sips, the actual taste and the way I felt just made it not worth it.



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Great Tea discussion! I really like the powdered Japanese green tea. I found it at our local Oriental shop. It's Matcha Hagoroma Green Tea Powder. I mix this tea with some really nice natural fruit juice and take that for my morning snack at work each day. It's a great pick-me-up, and makes the juice (which can be too sweet for me) more palatable.
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Hey there Lilly,
I look forward to hearing more from another "B".  



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What's the difference between Sencha Powder Green Tea and Matcha Hagoroma Green Tea Powder? Or just plain Matcha...  

I'm kind of baffled as there seems to be many types of Matcha....

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The way I understand it is Matcha is the powdered green tea that is used in tea ceremonies.  It is grown in the dark and is very high in caffeine.

Powdered Sencha, such as the Sei mee tea, is simply the finely powdered leaves of Sencha green tea.  Therefore it will have the same caffeine content and mellow flavor of the Sencha.  (If you use the recommended amount per cup)    It tastes so good, it's easy to use a lot!



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The way I understand it is Matcha is the powdered green tea that is used in tea ceremonies.  It is grown in the dark and is very high in caffeine.

Powdered Sencha, such as the Sei mee tea, is simply the finely powdered leaves of Sencha green tea.  Therefore it will have the same caffeine content and mellow flavor of the Sencha.  (If you use the recommended amount per cup)    It tastes so good, it's easy to use a lot!


I find I use a heaping serving - (the little white serving spoon that comes with the Sencha Sei Mee Tea) each time.  I like it richer.  BUT then again I do use a 12 oz cup!    

Can you give an idea of the taste of the Macha?  Is it stronger or ?

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I've never tried Matcha.  This Sei Mee is the only powdered green tea that I've ever drunk.



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Hi Victoria, here is another B that loves just one cup of coffee first thing in the morning.
My favorit green tea is Genmaicha and I have two cups a day.
Will try adding cocoa, to see how that tastes.

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Hey Alek,
I loved a cup of coffee in the morning (or a couple of them) for decades.  But, as my grandmother used to say, "I liked it, but it didn't like me!"  

Hope you like the cocoa green tea.  Try just a little cocoa.



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Victoria!!! I couldn't resist your description and ordered the sei mee powdered tea! can't wait to try it!!!! DH and I love good green and white loose leaf teas, but we're ready for something new. thanks, and the sei mee co. thanks you as well!
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My question is how could tea have a slightly fishy taste or smell?

I was curious if it could be that tea might have naturally occurring iodine or some other fishy mineral in it?   Any thoughts on this would be interesting, thanks!
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Quoted from Victoria
Before you give up on Genmaicha, try the bulk Genmaicha from Mountain Rose Herbals;  CLICK
and add 1/2 tsp unsweetened cocoa per 8 oz.  I use raw, organic cocoa, and think it has a better flavor.  It's certainly higher in antioxidants.  CLICK.    
I buy it locally, or it can be ordered from various sites.  Shop around because the price varies wildly.

Anyway, the combination gives the right combination for my tastes.  It comes the closest to meeting that stout, slightly bitter, slightly roasted flavor that coffee used to do for me.


Thank you for sharing your green tea 'coffee' concoction with us, Victoria.  

This is a healthy alternative to regular coffee for those that cannot drink coffee.

Alia



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The following is all recent knowledge, for me, since I'd never been a tea drinker and only started with the Japanese green tea about three years ago. Figured I might as well start with the best....

Anyway, maybe this will be useful to someone.

“Cha” is the Japanese word for tea. The Japanese have extremely high standards for tea and make some of the best in the world. In general, the higher-quality Japanese green teas are treated to minimal processing (compared with Chinese and other teas that often undergo considerable processing). Purists prefer their teas as loose leaves, though many quite acceptable versions are presented in individual tea-bags.

Most of the better Japanese green teas are delicate – infusions should be done with water that has been boiled, but is then cooled sometimes as low as 140-degrees-fahrenheit for the most delicate leaves (usually more like 180F, but NEVER boiling hot), a bit hotter for the more robust, later-season harvested tea. Delicate early-harvest leaves are infused for only thirty-to-forty seconds for the first infusion at those relatively low temperatures, then you remove the tea basket and set it aside. For a second infusion, the same leaves (still wet from the first time) can be dunked in hotter water (still not at boiling temperature) and infused for only twenty seconds or so.  Using water that is too hot, or leaving the leaves in the water for too long releases the tanins and can quickly cause the resulting tea to become bitter, overshadowing the subtle flavor.

[EDIT: I can see that if someone is new to tea, the above might be confusing. "Infusion" is not part of tea "manufacturing". Infusion is what you do in your teacup or teapot. Also called "steeping".  You "infuse" the leaves with hot water so that the properties of the tea then "SUFfuse" the water, resulting in a dilute "liquor"... that you drink. For most of the teas, you discard the leaves once you've gotten the flavors and the beneficial aspects into the water. For powdered tea, the powdered leaves are so finely ground that they become part of the liquor and you drink the whole thing.]


Sencha – general term for green tea, or can refer more specifically to middle-quality tea between ‘bancha’ on the low side and ‘gyokuro’ or ‘shincha’ on the high side.


Gyokuro – superior quality shade-grown tea (tea plants are shaded for a period of time before the harvest, enhancing certain desirable texture, aroma and flavor traits).

Shincha – superior quality tea picked early in the early harvest (for the most tender buds and leaves).

Bancha -  “common tea” Japanese green tea from the second or late-season harvest. Less expensive. Considered somewhat full-bodied among Japanese green teas, Takes somewhat hotter water and longer steeping time.

Matcha – powdered tea, the powdered tea is consumed in the drink, which is often a bright green color due to the suspended powder, unlike the loose-leaf or bagged teas, where the leaves are removed and only the resulting tea liquor is drunk. Matcha can be made from very high-quality teas (see gyokuro, above) and is often used in Japanese tea ceremonies. Lesser-quality powdered tea (still good, but not the premium stuff...) is used to flavor and colour some foods, in the making of some kinds of noodles, etc.

Genmaicha – green tea adulterated with toasted rice crispies  (ok, that’s my bias showing – there’s a more polite way to say that, but I figure if you have to add the rice toasties, then either the tea quality wasn't so good, or you don't really like the flavor of tea and are trying to hide it)



A numerical grading system is applied to the Japanese green teas, with the top export grade being 1500.

If you can reliably tell the difference between a 1200 and a 1500 sencha, then your palate is far more discerning than mine.

When the grade gets down around 800, even I can tell the difference... sometimes... but that requires consistent technique in tea infusing.

So anyway, that Murchies site would appear to be selling the lower-grade Japanese green tea, based on the price, and on the fact that they have only two offerings and don't differentiate the kind or the grade.  I could be wrong, but I don't want to buy a half pound of the stuff, just to find out.

As for the Mr. Itaru's blend, well see my comments on Genmaicha, above.

Some of you folks who found your Japanese green tea to be "strong" might have been using water that was too hot, or might have been brewing it for five minutes like Chinese green tea - both practices will make a bitter drink that doesn't display the subtle characteristics for which we bogus tea snobs pay the big bucks.

Doesn't really matter - everybody's tastes are different.

Cheers,

Kevin (trying to decide between the Oh-i-ocha or the Shincha today)

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thanks for sharing your thoughts on the different teas with us!


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I hope it was useful.   Keep everybody on the same page when we're talkin' tea.
Maybe we could make it like Wikipedia, and have more knowledgeable people correct it or extend it.

Just know that when they start adding things to tea, like mint or berry or other flavorings, it's rarely-if-ever the better-quality tea that they're using as the base of the product.

On the other hand...  Rooibos with Belgian Chocolate....    wooooo!    

Ahem...

I'll restrain myself now.




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sounds good!


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