Green Tea Guide

You’ve heard that green tea is healthy. But did you know that it doesn’t have to taste like grass clippings?

Part of the magic of good green tea is in the brewing and part of it is in buying good quality leaves.

All types of tea come from the Camellia sinensis plant. Green tea gets its name from the emerald green color created when brewing unprocessed, unfermented tea leaves. With origins going back as far as 5,000 years, green tea is commonly drunk and widely grown in the Far East where the health properties are well regarded.

While Green Tea comes from the same type of plant as black tea, oolong tea and white tea. In many tea-producing areas, it’s made from a different variety, which has thinner, smaller leaves and a more delicate flavor. Due to the thinner, smaller leaves, it also brews faster, which is why green tea is more finicky about temperatures and times than black tea.

As you may remember from our post on brewing tea, green tea is best prepared with simmering water (rather than boiling water). A teaspoon tea per cup water works well. And in general, you’ll want to brew for well under four minutes for best results. Check the instructions that come with you tea and you’ll do just fine.

As for the teas, well, we can recommend a few in a moment. But first, let’s talk about what green tea is (and isn’t).

Different types of green tea

The difference between green and black tea results from the manufacturing process. Unlike black tea, green tea is NOT oxidized before it’s heated and dried. This means that it’s quite similar to the fresh leaf in terms of color and flavor. Black tea undergoes fermentation which transforms its color and flavor, whereas green tea remains unprocessed and retains its color. Green tea is grown in higher altitudes, more specifically the mountainous regions of East Asia.

Sencha is the most popular of Japan’s green teas. There are numerous grades which can affect the price and quality. Sencha leaves are first steamed and then shaped. Sencha tea produces a clear yellow/green tea with a sweet, grassy but slightly astringent flavor.

Matcha is made from green tea leaves grown in the shade. The leaves have a higher chlorophyll content which makes them a vibrant green color. To make matcha, the entire leaf is ground down into a powder. The powder is mixed with steaming water and gently whisked before being served.

When buying tea leaves, avoid older leaves. This is the same principle as with coffee beans.

There are a lot of health claims out there about green tea. Some of them are absolutely true! But there’s one we’d like to set the record straight on: Green tea is NOT caffeine-free. Just like white tea, oolong tea and black tea, it naturally contains caffeine. However, unlike coffee, sodas and energy drinks this naturally-occurring caffeine is counterbalanced by naturally-occurring L-theanine. The result? You’re less likely to have the jolt-and-crash feeling that you get with colas, energy drinks and even coffee. So, while green tea DOES contain caffeine, it’s not THAT kind of caffeine, if you catch our drift.

OK, so now that you know what green tea is (and isn’t), let’s get into the good stuff… our customers’ favorites! Here are a few of our best-selling green teas:

Nutritional Highlights

Green tea does have more health benefits than black tea which can be attributed to its lack of processing. There are many health claims surrounding green tea from a reduced risk of cancer to weight loss. Green tea is higher in protective polyphenols. The major polyphenols in green tea are flavonoids, the most active of which are catechins and epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) which function as powerful antioxidants. Antioxidants are known to protect the body against disease and are an important part of a healthy diet. Antioxidants can be found in a range of fruits, vegetables and other unprocessed foods. As part of a balanced diet, green tea can be a good source of antioxidants.

Mmm, mmm. Perhaps the only thing we love more than good tea is seeing our customers thrilled by good tea! We hope you love your Nuovo Teas just as much as all our customers do.

Again, if you have any tea questions at all, just hit reply and send me a message anytime! I’d love to help you on your tea journey.

Cheers,
Kathleen and the Nuovo Tea Team

Why Drink Matcha?

Matcha Health Benefits

Nuovo Tea is always recommending Matcha Green Tea to our customers.  Why? Because we want to share Matcha’s amazing health benefits!

Here is some need-to-know information about Matcha:

Matcha is green tea, on steroids!  Green tea is widely recommended for its amazing health benefits.  It is well-known that all loose-leaf tea (from the camellia sinensis plant), and in particular white tea and green tea, contain many incredible antioxidants (catechins, EGCG, and polyphenols) that prevent cell damage from free radicals.

Matcha is the highest in antioxidants of any tea. As a matter of fact, one serving of matcha has a dramatically higher ORAC value (antioxidant value) than many foods touted for their antioxidant benefit including blueberries, broccoli, pomegranate, goji berries, acai, chocolate, spinach, and walnuts.

ANTIOXIDANTS – Why do we need them?

Antioxidants are the body’s defense agents!  They are chemical compounds that prevent aging and chronic disease.  The more antioxidants you have, the better equipped your body is in the fight against infections and disease!

The best Matcha is made from pure, stoneground Japanese Tencha leaves.  Tencha, which means “Tea from Heaven”, is grown in a very special way.  The  plant is shade-grown – it is covered for a period of about 4 weeks.  The leaves are then hand-picked, dried, an ground into the fine powder of matcha with a granite stone.  This unusual process allows for smaller, nutrient dense leaves to grow and greatly increases the chlorophyll content, making the leaves bright, rich green color.  These specially grown tea leaves provide the tea’s powerful arsenal of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and amino acids in a way no other green tea can.

Note: You need to consume the actual powder (1 tsp.  Organic Ceremonial Grade matcha, preferably prepared with a matcha bowl and whisk, not a tea bag) to get the full health benefits.

BENEFITS of MATCHA:

  • Boosts immunity, fights disease and infection in our bodies (bacteria, viruses)

  • Inhibits cancer growth

  • Powerful anti-inflammatory

  • Detoxifies the body

  • Inhibits the aging process

  • Helps control blood sugar, cholesterol and blood pressure

  • Boosts the metabolism and helps reduce abdominal fat/Great for weight loss or management

  • Decreases anxiety and stress in the body

  • Promotes healthy bones

  • Improves heart health

  • Promotes brain health (memory and concentration)

  • Promotes liver health

  • Boosts oral health – Anti-oral bacteria

Did you know?

  • One serving (1 tsp) of Matcha is equal to drinking 10 cups of brewed green tea, and, therefore, has 137 times the antioxidants available to our body.

  • Whereas 1 serving of Matcha contains as much caffeine as 1 cup of coffee, Matcha gives you clean focused energy without the jitteriness, nervousness or crash that coffee caffeine gives you. This is because Matcha contains high amounts of L-theanine, an amino acid (a protein), that helps reduce the stress hormone (cortisol) in our bodies, calms the nervous system, and increases focus.  L-Theanine works together with the tea caffeine to give a calm, focused, clean energy.

  • It is recommended to drink two 1-2 servings of Matcha each day to get sustained health benefits. 3-4 times a day if you are trying to lose weight, reduce your cholesterol, or help control your blood sugar.

So, Why Not Drink Matcha?

https://www.justonecookbook.com/how-to-make-matcha-japanese-green-tea/

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/7-benefits-of-matcha-tea

 

Traditional Matcha Recipe

1 tsp. (or more or less to taste)

Matcha Bowl

Matcha whisk

Matcha Spoon

Steaming Water (170-190 max)

  1. Prepare the matcha bowl.  Pour a few ounces steaming into matcha bowl. Swirl water with Matcha whisk.  (wetting the whisk helps keep it healthy).  Discard this water.  Dry the bowl.
  2. With your matcha spoon, scoop about a 1 tsp of matcha powder into your matcha bowl.
  3. Pour 2-3 oz. of steaming water into the bowl (to the side of powder).
  4. Whisk vigorously in a zig-zag fashion for 20-30seconds.
  5. Enjoy your Matcha! You can add sweetener or make into a matcha latte if you prefer!

Note:  You can add ½ tsp. honey or healthy sweetener to taste.  Try making a Matcha latte by adding 2-4 ounces of steamed or cold (for iced latte) non-dairy milk.

Immune Boosting Tea Sale!

How are you holding up? We hope you and your family are doing alright and keeping your spirits up.

To help you stay strong during these crazy times we are featuring all our Immune Boosting Teas. Our featured teas help boost your immune system naturally. Get 10% off 8 oz. of our selected herbal immune blends and 10% off 10 oz. canister of Traditional for flavored Matcha!

These soothing blends feature health-promoting ingredients like elderberries, echinacea, astragalus, ginger, turmeric, cinnamon and chamomile.

Sip, savor and be well!

We could all use a little extra wellness in our lives these days. Tea is a great way to pause and take a break from the stress we’re all facing. Check out our blog post on Health Benefits of drinking tea to learn more.

Hang in there, we’ll get through this together!

The Nuovo Tea Team

Brewing the Perfect Cup

The Perfect cup of Tea!

Have you had a chance to try Nuovo Teas yet? If you love our teas, please let others know by writing a quick review on our website, google or facebook.

If you did not love your teas … we need to talk. For real.

It could be that the tea you ordered simply isn’t your favorite tea. (I was thinking, there are teas I don’t love as well) In our years of selling tea, we find that the problem with a bad cup of tea is, to put it nicely, is sometimes a ‘user error’.

To put it bluntly, what we mean is that bad brewing makes for bad tea.

And bad tea really makes us feel bummed out. Bringing tea to our customers that they love delights us. So, we’re here with a few tips on how you brew your perfect cup of tea!

Put some water on to boil. If it’s boiling, then it’s perfect for herbals, rooibos’ and most black teas. Yet, it’ll also ruin most green teas, oolongs, white teas and yerba matés!

If you’re brewing a Green tea, Oolong,White tea, or Yerba Mate,  use water that’s closer to a simmer than a boil. In particular, steamed green teas (like SenchaMatcha, or Dragonwell, need water that’s just starting to have small bubbles rise up in it. (For those of you with a kitchen thermometer, that’s about 165 degrees Fahrenheit.)

If you’re brewing a Black Tea, or Herbal Tea,

Go ahead and let that kettle sing before you brew! Most of the time, it’ll result in a perfect brew. And on the off chance that your black tea tastes too bitter, try it with slightly cooler water (or a shorter brewing time) next time and see what happens.

Now let’s talk about how much tea to use with how much water. If you’ve had weak tea in the past it could have been because your water was not hot enough or the brewing time was too short. Most likely there was not enough tea or too much water.

So, in general, you want to use about one (1) teaspoon of tea (from the camellia sinensis tea plant) per eight (8) ounce cup of water. My EZ Brewer is perfect and takes the guesswork out of this, but I also love my tea pot that has a deep, open infuser in it.   Some lighter, less dense teas, such as white silver needle tea, you’ll need to use two (2) teaspoons instead.

The general rule of thumb for herbal teas is to use 1 TBSP per cup, or use a little more or less to taste.  All our teas are sent with brewing instructions on the labels.

Brew the tea for the time indicated on the label. Pour your water over the tea and set the time. Most teas take about three to five minutes to brew to perfection. Some teas, like delicate whites and greens, only take 2-3 minutes. Check the brewing instructions and set the timer.

When the timer goes off, strain the leaves from the tea and enjoy your perfect cup of tea!

Matcha: Immune Health Benefits and other Benefits

Why Drink Matcha?

Are you wondering why Nuovo Tea is always promoting Matcha Green Tea to our customers? Or why we have Matcha on our list as the #1 tea to boost your immune system?  You are not alone!

Here is some need-to-know information about Matcha:

Matcha is green tea, on steroids!  Green tea is widely recommended for its amazing health benefits.  It is well-known that all loose-leaf tea (from the camellia sinensis plant), and in particular white tea and green tea, contain many antioxidants (catechins, EGCG, and polyphenols) that prevent cell damage from free radicals.

Matcha is the highest in antioxidants of any tea. As a matter of fact, one serving of matcha has a dramatically higher ORAC value (antioxidant value) than many foods touted for their antioxidant benefit including blueberries, broccoli, pomegranate, goji berries, acai, chocolate, spinach, and walnuts.

ANTIOXIDANTS – Why do we need them?

Antioxidants are the body’s defense agents!  They are chemical compounds that prevent aging and chronic disease.  The more antioxidants you have, the better equipped your body is in the fight against infections and disease!

Because Matcha, is straight, stoneground tea leaves, matcha provides you with green tea’s powerful arsenal of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and amino acids in a way no other green tea can. Note: You need to consume the actual powder (1 tsp. matcha, preferably prepared with a matcha bowl and whisk, not a tea bag) to get the full health benefits.

BENEFITS of MATCHA:

  • Boosts immunity, fights disease and infection in our bodies (bacteria, viruses)

  • Inhibits cancer growth

  • Powerful anti-inflammatory

  • Detoxifies the body

  • Inhibits the aging process

  • Helps control blood sugar, cholesterol and blood pressure

  • Boosts the metabolism and helps reduce abdominal fat/Great for weight loss or management

  • Decreases anxiety and stress in the body

  • Promotes healthy bones

  • Improves heart health

  • Promotes brain health (memory and concentration)

  • Promotes liver health

  • Boosts oral health – Anti-oral bacteria

Did you know?

  • One serving (1 tsp) of Matcha is equal to drinking 10 cups of brewed green tea, and, therefore, has 137 times the antioxidants available to our body.

  • Matcha gives you clean focused energy without the jitteriness, nervousness or crash that coffee caffeine gives you. This is because Matcha contains high amounts of L-theanine, an amino acid (a protein), that helps reduce the stress hormone (cortisol) in our bodies, calms the nervous system, and increases focus.  L-Theanine works together with the tea caffeine to give a calm, focused, clean energy.

  • It is recommended to drink two 1-2 servings of Matcha each day to get sustained health benefits. 3-4 times a day if you are trying to lose weight, reduce your cholesterol, or help control your blood sugar.

So, Why Not Drink Matcha?

https://www.justonecookbook.com/how-to-make-matcha-japanese-green-tea/

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/7-benefits-of-matcha-tea

 

Traditional Matcha Recipe

1 tsp. (or more or less to taste)

Matcha Bowl

Matcha whisk

Matcha Spoon

Steaming Water (170-190 max)

  1. Prepare the matcha bowl.  Pour a few ounces steaming into matcha bowl. Swirl water with Matcha whisk.  (wetting the whisk helps keep it healthy).  Discard this water.  Dry the bowl.
  2. With your matcha spoon, scoop about a 1 tsp of matcha powder into your matcha bowl.
  3. Pour 2-3 oz. of steaming water into the bowl (to the side of powder).
  4. Whisk vigorously in a zig-zag fashion for 20-30seconds.
  5. Enjoy your Matcha! You can add sweetener or make into a matcha latte if you prefer!

Note:  You can add ½ tsp. honey or healthy sweetener to taste.  Try making a Matcha latte by adding 2-4 ounces of steamed or cold (for iced latte) non-dairy milk.

Don’t Be Without Your Tea!

Wow!  I am blown away!

We launched our new website with free shipping on orders over $99 just a few days ago, and already many of you have tuned in. Because so many people are looking to optimize their wellness and making it a top priority, we’re offering delivery from our store and curb side pick up.

I know things may be hectic in your life right now, so take advantage of our delivery service for only $5 or come on by and pick up your tea. Give us a call at the store (630) 474-0281 or order online at www.nuovotea.com.

Here at Nuovo Tea, we share many ways that we turn to when immune system support is wanted.

I’m praying for everyone to be safe and healthy. Stay active, stay positive and focus on clean ingredients and nutrition to optimize your wellness.

In good health,

Kathleen