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Loose-Leaf Green Teas

Loose-leaf green teas offer the truest tea experience. 

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: 

Why Is There Rice In My Tea?

How Good For You is Tea?

How Much Caffeine is in Tea?

Chef Mary's creative use of Citron Green Tea

Buddhist monks drink Green Tea. Shouldn't you?

This Is Huge In Japan During the Spring

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Loose-leaf green teas offer the truest tea experience. 

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: 

Why Is There Rice In My Tea?

How Good For You is Tea?

How Much Caffeine is in Tea?

Chef Mary's creative use of Citron Green Tea

Buddhist monks drink Green Tea. Shouldn't you?

This Is Huge In Japan During the Spring

Citron Green - Loose Green Tea
$ 10.00
A light refreshing cup of loose tea One of the oldest and most oft-traded blends of loose tea, Citron Green is considered a simple, elegant tea – valued as much for its intrinsic qualities as it is for its blendability. But there's a perfect blend for every base. For tea lovers, we're sure that this crisp Citron Green will prove a strong candidate. Clean, lemon-y and sweet; it gets right to the heart of citrus: that same pleasant sweet astringency that loose tea lovers have chased since their first taste of plain black. Sourced from China, this loose leaf tea offers the country's knack for providing teas that are both made with incredible seriousness and appreciate a playful note or two. And thus we have a green as formally precise in its astringency and clarity as it is bright and citric. Forgoing the warmer orange or gardenial hints, Citron Green trusts the blend of lemon and green...
Citrus & Ginkgo - Organic Loose Green Tea
$ 10.00
Simply delicious loose tea blended with Ginkgo and Lemongrass From China, a green tea whose color, flush ginkgo content, and flavor collection all profess innate, sensory brightness; Organic Green Tea with Citrus and Ginkgo is a prime example of how an loose tea can bring “functionality” to a relaxing, tantalizingly-flavored tisanal. Ginkgo's properties are known, but nonetheless its place in this loose tea blend bears mentioning. From it's ability to stimulate concentration, memory storage, and even tactile facilities such as balance; ginkgo is one of the oldest continually-used medicinals. But let's take a step back and remember the pleasures of life that we hope to stay healthy for in the first place! This true Chinese Green tea's organic blend isn't shy about including stripped organic lemongrass and an keening, springy overall flavor. Lemongrass grown and mostly used in Asia is an important herb in the Indian system of ayurvedic medicine. Lemongrass has many more health benefits than lemons,...
Decaf and Organic Green Loose Leaf Tea
$ 12.00
A Loose Leaf Green Tea - Decaf and Organic. Science and beauty may seem like strange bedfellows, but thank goodness for the modern decaffeination process and hot teas that we can now soothe ourselves with even if it's not the right time for caffeine. Here, therefore, we present you with the supremely welcome Decaf Organic Green, a tea that exploits the health properties of the green tea leaf without the drinker needing to consider the caffeine kick. Perfect for the evening unwind cuppa. And it's delicious. This is a single-estate Indian tea whose origin is as clean and prestigious as the first sip of a hot cup. In the high hills, this thin-air green tea is cultivated, prepared, and dried all to full rich flavor, before being introduced to hypercritical C02 which draws up and dissolves the isolated caffeine from the tea. It's a crisp, brilliant method. And the result?...
Delirium - Artisan Blooming Green Tea from China
$ 8.00
Find  a glass teapot made of pyrex or borosilicate with at least a 20 ounce capacity. (Here is a nice one the perfect tea pot for this tea.)  Heat your water to a temperature of 185 - look for the small bubbles begin to form in your kettle.  Boiling water is too hot. Carefully pour the hot water into the teapot and drop a blooming tea in. over the next several minutes watch the tea bloom right in front of your eyes.   Base leaf: Green tea. Health properties: Circulatory-positive, anti-oxidant properties. Flavor strength: Moderate, Primary collection is floral. Caffeine: Mild.
Dragonwell Long Jing - Organic Loose Green Tea
$ 14.00
A storied classic organic Chinese green tea. In China's Zhejiang Province, a rare tea is gathered near a lake, its origin shrouded in the kind of story that hoists a prized object even higher with a tale of its dangerous procurement. And what is this prize? A mist-yielded, hand-prepared idyllic specimen of green tea.  The final form of a ten-part preparation process, Dragonwell is a mild, refined, rain-borne tea.  Suitable for any season, this tea's tone is as direct as it look: a focus on a single pure quality: earthy green. Any quiet floral notes accompanying the flavor are purely coincidence. Or are they? Could there be something more to this tea? Perhaps its origin story will reveal... Some time around the 3rd century, AD, it is said, a drought brought a small farming village near Hangchow to its knees. With mist a constant companion, they still could not manage to coax rain for proper crop yields....
Genmaicha Loose Leaf Green Tea
$ 12.00
Two Japanese Classic ingredients - Tea and Rice. Toasted, summery, but green through and through, it's no surprise that Genmaicha is a current word-of-mouth favorite among Japanese professionals. But it wasn't always ...As the tale goes, the plain, hearty “Bancha” leaves that form this tea's base have long been a regular countryside tradition. Its use was widespread among rural Japanese families who saw tea as a way to celebrate the contemplative nature of change. Thus Bancha represented summer and the thoughts that came with the warm, wet season. In times of scarcity, even Bancha became hard to obtain. Thus, to make the tea last longer, it was mixed with popped rice. The resulting flavor was so unique that Genmaicha continues to be blended today. And so Genmaicha was born, a meeting of the two great sustaining sources of the Japanese table; representing the balance of luxury and survival in a toasted, vegetal, gardener's tea. Suitable for most...
Ginger & Green - Loose Leaf Green Tea
$ 10.00
A great tea to enjoy after a meal.  This blend of ginger root and a sturdy Sencha style green tea makes a classic combo. Add a bit of honey and its a fantastic winter tea to ward off a cold.  The green tea has a touch of astringency, common in teas, but its tamed by the sharp and spicy ginger root. The ginger is not overpowering at all, but is a rather nice counter note to the green tea. After a meal the ginger provides a nice digestive aid while the green tea is good for cleansing the palate for fresh breath and neutralizing acid which can hurt your teeth.    Try it iced. Ginger n Green makes a great iced tea. With a little squeeze of lemon, your friends will be asking you for the recipe. Preparation is super easy with our Iced Tea Pitcher .  Keep some close by in the fridge...
Gunpowder - Loose Leaf Organic Green Tea
$ 10.00
People have read signs into the rare and the beautiful for as long as recorded history has existed. This unique blend: Osprey Organic Gunpowder is an organic green tea. That's fact. But beyond the fact, beyond the outer: what secrets might we take?Take a moment to imagine the Osprey: this tea's chosen animal signifier. What can we conclude from this pairing of item with imagery? The Osprey flies high, first and foremost: it's visible. Reliable. Like an organic tea, it is a thing of nature that one can observe but does not tame.Can things be divined from observing such a thing of beauty? Ask the dwellers of this tea's native Zhejiang, China. You might here that an Osprey is a sign of weather. Or that the number of the birds dictates a broader contentment...or restlessness...in the air. It's a bird of prey. Is there something of an edge to this...
Gyokuro - Loose Leaf Green Tea
$ 9.00
A Hand Crafted Japanese Loose Tea. A tea whose preparation illustrates luxury: Gyokuro finds a deep green flavor that avoids acridness; filtering a pure sun-to-leaf flavor collection that is come by in a rather intriguing way. Each Gyokuro crop is grown to a healthy point in its infancy before being plunged into shadows: covered from sunlight. The tea plants then undergo a state of survivalist function in which they produce more chlorophyll, deepening their green color and priming the sweet waves that roll through their green collection.  Thus you have this pampered, proven blend: a green unlike many with a lulling sweetness that makes it perfect for a contemplative, break-time cup. Carefully developed, it's health properties are heightened as it produces a different range of vitamins and other elements.    Among other benefits are noted weight control properties, immune system boosters, and compounds like EGCG antioxidants which provide potent cleansing as well as an anti-carcinogenic.  Another tremendous benefit...
Hello Hawaii - Loose Leaf Green Tea
$ 10.00
Tropical pineapples and papaya are infused into this organic green tea. The result is fragrant green tea reminiscent of a lush Hawaiian pineapple groove. If you've never been to Hawaii this is an affordable vacation. If you've been there, this will quickly transport you back. Sip and dream. Base leaf: Green tea. Health properties: general restorative and calm. Antioxidants for immune protection Flavor strength: Mild. Primary collection is fragrant pineapples and Papaya over green. Caffeine: Moderate.
Japanese Sencha - Loose Leaf Green Tea
$ 7.00
A quintessential Japanese experience. Balancing sharpness with clarity is one of green tea's most under-appreciated qualities – an ability to communicate the mellow side of acridness – our Japanese Sencha Green tea wears its origin story with pride. Hailing from the Shizuoka prefecture, at the foothills of Mt Fuji, it's an acquired taste sure to pique the curiosity of even a seasoned green tea aficionado. More vegetal than a standard “green” mix, the clear tones allowed by the toasted-dry blend make for a sharp through-line from harvest to palette. This tisanal, for all of its quietly bracing uniqueness, is nonetheless a comfort tea. Japanese Sencha Green is often cited as favorite morning cleanser whose mild but insistent flavor collection prepares one for a day, whether it's a day of work or following through on the Sencha Green experience and exploring what further tastes and tones the day holds. A pleasant medium dark green loose tea, the Sencha's green leaves suggest...
Jasmine Dragon Pearl - Loose Blooming Organic Green Tea
$ 10.00
A leaf and a bud hand rolled into a Pearl of Tea As the saying goes: a proper cup of tea rewards patience, but a great cup insists on it. There's nothing confounding about preparing a cup of Dragon Pearl Jasmine green tea. On the contrary, the process is as straightforward as a trip to tisanal bliss can be. But the routine that one builds around their favorite brew is sacred, and you're sure to find yourself developing any number of rituals in which to cradle the experience of Dragon Pearl Jasmine. Or at least that's how we feel about this healthy, brisk, gently-unfurling blend.  Dragon Pearl Jasmine tea brings its own story to the table: its eastern origins apparent in the graceful complexion of the loose leaves. The small “pearls” that one is confronted with hint at the natural tones that will soon be tasted. And as tea is by nature a transformative process, drinkers...