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Different Types of Green Tea to Drink

If you’re a tea fanatic, you’ll know that there are plenty of different ways to brew tea – and you probably have pretty strong opinions about which is best. Plenty of other people, however, might not be quite so clued up on their bags, strainers and infusers. Here are just a few of the different kinds of brewing techniques for tea.

Tea bag

Using a tea bag is one of the most popular and easiest methods of brewing green tea. The bag holds the tea leaves together and allows you to brew without any extra equipment. Place the teabag in your mug or teapot and simply add water, leaving the drink to brew for 2-3 minutes.

Loose leaf

Loose leaf tea does what it says on the tin. It refers to black or green tea leaves on their own without any bag or container. In order to brew this you’ll need some extra equipment, like a strainer or perhaps an infuser. These do the same job as a teabag, keeping the leaves together and allowing the hot water to brew through it.

Liquid green tea

The easiest way to brew tea is by using liquid green tea. Rather than using a bag, strainer, infuser or any other implement, all you need do is add water to the liquid green tea. As well as being the easiest way to brew tea, it’s also one of the most versatile, since you can brew hot tea and iced green tea using the same method.

Now that you know a few different ways of brewing your tea, why not find out more about the best cups to drink green tea out of?

Check out our whole range of liquid green tea products right here.

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What’s the Best Cup to Drink Green Tea Out Of?

If you’re as enthusiastic a green tea drinker as we are, you’ll know well that the quality of your drink can change drastically depending on the cup or mug you drink it from. Unfortunately, however, it’s not always easy to work out what qualities to look out for when you’re choosing which tea set to buy.

So here’s a look at some of the best teacup materials and why you should get hold of one of them today.

Ceramic

A good portion of teacups are made from ceramic – and there are plenty of good reasons for that. The non-porous material doesn’t hold in dirt and bacteria, which is a good way of making sure that what you’re drinking is pure tea – with no added nasties.

Glass

Glass teacups also have the benefit of being non-porous. In most cases, the glass doesn’t react with the tea in any way, so it’s a great material to ensure the cup doesn’t interfere with the liquid green tea and flavour. The only drawback of glass is it tends to let green tea, and indeed other types of tea, cool down faster – so make sure you drink up fast!

Porcelain

Porcelain is also popular for teacups in this country. One of the benefits of porcelain is it’s easy to create a thin lip at the top of the cup, letting the tea roll quickly onto your tongue. Porcelain also helps to maintain the taste and quality of tea by protecting it against the invasion of tannins.

Buy some first rate green tea

Of course the most important ingredient in a good cup of green tea is some fantastic tea to start off with. And if you’re in a hurry, there’s a good chance you haven’t got time to start fiddling with teabags in order to make that happen. So make sure you’ve got yourself a sachet of convenient, high quality liquid green tea on hand just for that occasion.

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Liquid Green Tea: A Sri Lankan Innovation

On the surface it probably seems like liquid green tea products like ours are an exciting new innovation. After all, being able to make a great cup of tea just by adding water probably isn’t something you’ve experienced before.

But far from being a new-age trend, liquid green tea has been an important staple of one of the most important tea-drinking cultures for centuries. And chances are, you won’t have heard about it. So here’s what you need to know.

Green tea from Sri Lanka

To say Sri Lanka is a country fairly big on their tea would be an understatement of fairly totemic proportions. In fact, it’s the world’s second largest tea exporter, just a nudge behind China. For contrast, it’s worth remembering that China’s population is about sixty times the size of Sri Lanka. So it’s fair to say that their contribution is fairly disproportionate.

Sri Lanka, or Ceylon, as it was known under the British Empire, has been more traditionally associated with black tea than green. And true – whilst they make, drink and export significantly more black tea – a proud tradition in green tea cultivation remains an important part of the country’s history as well. In fact, the tea has been produced in Sri Lanka since the earliest records of tea itself.

Ceylon liquid green tea

Our liquid green tea sachets are based on an ancient Sri Lankan tradition of green tea consumption. We think there’s no finer country in the world from which to source our tea. In fact, we don’t just get our tea from there – we work closely with native specialists to make sure only the finest Sri Lankan tea leaves make their way into your sachet.

Made from Camellia Sinesis leaves, our liquid tea combines the best parts of modern convenience with the ancient tradition of Sri Lankan tea drinking. There’s never been a more convenient time to get all the great taste and health benefits of green tea into your diet today.

Interested? Have a look over our entire range today.

 

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What Are the Polyphenols in Green Tea?

You may have heard about ‘polyphenols’ – one of those many-syllabled health words that gets thrown around meaning ‘something that’s good for you’. Well as it turns out green tea is absolutely full of them, so we thought we’d take a moment to tell you all about polyphenols and why they’re yet another reason it’s worth getting a daily dose of green tea into your diet.

What’s a polyphenol?

Polyphenols are a type of healthy natural compound that occur in a whole range of things you’d expect to have in your diet every day. As well as green tea, they appear in olives, apples, spinach and celery.

There is a whole range of different types of polyphenols. The ones in green tea, and in fact one of the most important, are catechins.

Why are polyphenols in green tea so good for you?

Research shows that the specific catechins in green tea could improve your health in a whole range of different ways. Here are just a few examples:

Beneficial against obesity and type II diabetes

Studies show that the polyphenols in green tea show promising signs of protecting against the damage of obesity and type II diabetes, as well as the risk of developing coronary disease.

Helps metabolic processes

There’s also some compelling evidence to suggest that drinking green tea every day can have a beneficial impact on your metabolism – even going so far as to protect against metabolic syndrome.

Could help protect against cancer

The jury’s still very much out on this one, but studies suggest that drinking regular green tea can help decrease your likelihood of developing cancer. Even if there’s a small chance of green tea keeping you cancer free – that seems like a pretty good reason to incorporate it into your diet to us.

If you want to get more polyphenols in your life, then getting your hands on some Innova Green green tea sachets is a pretty quick and easy way of doing it. Have a look through our range right here and get yours today.

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The Ultimate Question in Green Tea Preparation – Steeping vs Sachet, Which is Best?

The thousand-year-old art of making green tea is not for the faint-hearted to attempt. There are temperatures, exact times and ingredients that must all be fastidiously adhered to in order to achieve the perfect cup of tea. If any element of the process is not completed to exacting specifications this delicate drink will be rendered bitter and undrinkable.

So, let’s dive in with the 4-step process to producing the perfect cup of green tea.

STEP #1: The tea leaves Quality of green tea leaf is not only a determinate of flavour, but of how much water you should be using in your steeping process. If your ratios are off then the resulting liquid will either be bitter or flavourless, neither of which are desirable.

STEP #2: The water Please do not make the mistake of believing that you can use any old water to make the perfect cup of green tea. Water quality is essential to the flavour you will draw from your green tea leaves. Do not use tap water, hard water or distilled water. Bottled spring water is by far the best option as it is softer with fewer minerals to interfere with the tea’s flavour.

STEP #3: Water temperature DO NOT ADD BOILING WATER. If your water is too hot your leaves will be assured to produce a bitter end result and nobody wants that. Correct water temperature must be achieved within a fairly narrow range and this range differs depending on the variety of green tea you are using – ranging from 40-60oC to 90-95oC.

STEP #4: Steeping Once again the time it takes for the water and tea leaves to work their magic depends largely on the leaves you are using. For some it as quick as one minute, for others it may be 3 minutes, but you must get your timing absolutely right or, as you know now, the result may be a bitter undrinkable liquid. Then of course you need to repeat the process of steeping several times over, each for 30-90 seconds.

Now your tea is ready, but you are not yet finished I’m afraid because not only is your selection of the perfect tea cup important (apparently standard Western tea cups are not suitable), and use of the right teapot to allow the leaves to open fully during steeping, but the art of pouring is something you must master as well. You must not swirl the tea or pour it too quickly, and any tea left in the teapot must be discarded as it will continue to steep and become increasingly bitter.

NOW FORGET THE 4 STEPS

Of course, there is something to be said for taking your time over making your tea, following an ancient ritual handed down through the generations, showing the leaves the respect they deserve. Or, you could just forget about all that faff and complexity and prioritise relaxation and actually enjoying your tea. Innova Green’s green tea sachets cut through all the time-consuming effort, giving you instant green tea wherever you are. Simply tear open the sachet, add to hot or cold water, and drink. It’s that easy.

Innova Green’s green tea sachets are for anyone who loves green tea, but also values their own time.