In Japan and China the birthplaces of tea culture, teas 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 from drinking tea. In fact, in China almost all teas have an attributed health benefits.
In Japan, Green teas are as important as rice. These two staples are the Apple Pie and baseball to Americans. It defines their being, their culture, 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 birth place of all teas. All tea plants originally came from China until the English stole tea plants and transplanted it in 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 which required the decontamination of water by boiling had a tremendous positive in the their health 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 water borne 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 creates tremendous variety in the tea leaves produced. Combined with different processes, creates a huge variety of ranging from green, oolong to 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 teas from Japan and China. Ours were selected to especially please the American tastes. Where we can, we offer an organic selection.
Please explore our selection of loose leaf teas. 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 Green Teas