In Japan and China, the birthplaces of tea culture, tea is enjoyed daily and with great respect and care. To drink tea is to reinforce your culture, your essence, and your body. For centuries, these ancient cultures understood the health benefits of green teas. There was no science that proved the multitude of health benefits, but rather the hundreds of years of experience and observation of the beneficial effects of drinking tea. In fact, in China, almost all teas have attributed health benefits.
In Japan, green teas are as important as rice. These two staples are what apple pie and baseball are to Americans. These necessities define their being, their culture, and their way of life. In Japan, tea is grown with great reverence and the harvest is a reason for celebration and great joy. Japan has very strict standards for growing tea and tea farmers take great pride in doing it right. The epitome of Japanese reverence for tea is the tea ceremony. This traditional ritual follows strict rules in the preparation of Matcha.
China is the birthplace of all teas. All tea plants originally came from China until the English stole tea plants and transplanted them into their colonies in India and Africa. Then the English profited enormously by selling it and essentially grew their empire around its trade.
Long before the English and Europeans discovered tea, the Chinese were enjoying it for thousands of years. Their discovery of tea and the important preparation process had tremendous positive health effects and is one of the reasons their culture has thrived through the years. Chinese nobility in concert with Buddhism encouraged the drinking of tea. They understood the tremendous value of boiling water which eliminates deadly waterborne pathogens.
Because China is large and has varied terrain, tea growing and tea leave processing is a very local affair. Much like wine, teas are a terroir product. The many variables like weather and soil conditions create tremendous variety in the tea leaves produced. Different processes create a huge variety, including green, oolong, black teas. Again, a comparison to wine works. If you ever go to a large wine shop, there may be hundreds of different wines to choose from made from different grapes from different regions. In China, the choices of teas are as mind-boggling, with loose-leaf teas fetching thousands of dollars.
We have a curated collection of loose-leaf green teas from Japan and China, including delicious blends such as Jasmine Dragon Pearl and Three Flower Burst. Ours were selected to especially please American tastes. Where we can, we offer an organic selection—our Moroccan Mint Tea is an excellent choice.
Please explore our selection and buy green tea leaves online. We offer samples with every purchase. If any of our loose teas catches your fancy, note it at checkout and we will be happy to include it in your purchase.
Read our blog posts about loose-leaf green tea: