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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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Green Tea Flavours: Which is Right for You?

The fact that drinking green tea is good for you, and that it tastes delicious, are both commonly accepted facts. Many people want to discover an easy and convenient way of incorporating the fantastic drink into their diet. Luckily, you’ll be happy to hear that there are a whole range of interesting and exciting flavours available, allowing you to tailor your morning green tea to your unique tastes and desires. Here are just a few.

Pure Green

For the green tea purists amongst you – pure green tea does exactly what it says on the tin. This is pure green tea, with nothing extra added. Like all our green tea flavours, pure green liquid green tea sachets derive from native Sri Lankan Camellia sinensis leaves and are vacuum sealed in our premium sachets to last the maximum possible time.

Herbal Green

If you want to maintain that authentic green tea taste, with just a little bit of added herbal twist, then Herbal Green is exactly what you’re looking for. With added chamomile, thyme and peppermint, this combination could be a great way to enjoy relaxing green tea in the evening.

Mint Green

Among the main green tea flavours available in our shop, we also offer a premium Mint Green flavour. With an added minty taste – this is exactly what you’re looking for if you want a refreshing twist to your healthy morning cuppa.

Jasmine Green

Jasmine green tea contains all the same authentic, top quality Sri Lankan tea leaves that you’d expect from other variations, with, as the name would suggest, just a hint of Jasmine. Jasmine, a fairly common addition to a wide range of cuisines, actually derives from a flower that grows across Europe, Asia and Australia.

All the green tea flavours

If you just can’t make your mind up about what type of green tea is for you, then you’ll be happy to hear that you can get the whole range. Our multi flavour combination box comes with 60 distinct teabags, with 15 in each flavour. And at just £9.99, you can even get over 15% off the price of all four combined individual products.

Check out our shop to find out more about these exciting green tea flavours.

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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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It’s Revolutionary, Green Tea in a Sachet

Announcing the launch of Innova Green’s amazing new green tea sachets – transforming the way people prepare tea, forever.

If you’ve ever attempted to prepare a green tea you’ll know just how difficult it can be – choosing just the right leaves, heating the water to exactly the right temperature, steeping for just the right length of time, and, due to the delicacy of the process, if you get any element just a little bit off the results are undrinkable. It’s this time and complexity that has deterred all but the most dedicated from drinking green tea regularly, which is a real shame because not only does it taste delicious, but countless studies have been undertaken in an attempt to prove the many health and wellness benefits this tea affords its drinkers.

Innova Green’s green tea sachets have changed all that, making it quick and easy to prepare the perfect green tea in moments not minutes, no matter where you are.

Take a one-thousand-year-old recipe for the perfect green tea, add the very best minds in the business, a state of the art manufacturing facility, and an innovative mindset and you have a revolutionary new way to make tea.

In each of our sachets is the liquid essence of the finest green tea leaves, prepared for you so all you need to do is to tear open the sachet, pour its contents into warm or cold water – yes you can drink our green tea cold for the first time – and enjoy the subtle flavours of the most fabulous green tea immediately.

Innova Green’s green tea sachets can be bought in boxes of 15 for the home, the office or to take with you wherever you wish to enjoy your tea, or they can be bought in bulk should you wish for your airline, hotel, restaurant or teashop to serve the very best to its patrons, guests or passengers.

To find out what all the fuss is about, go to our Product page and sample the flavours of green tea perfection in an instant.

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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.

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Green Tea, What Do You Have With Yours?

How do you take your green tea? What do you mean you’ve never tried green tea before? Your really should because it’s taste is unlike anything you’ve experienced before – refreshing, light, delicate and delicious – and with Innova Green’s green tea sachets, made with Love in Ceylon, you can now prepare the perfect cup of green tea – served warm or cold – anytime, anywhere in an instant.

While I love a little a variety in my life and have therefore experimented with my green tea drinking, the question of the day is, how do you take yours?

Milk

The first piece of advice we can give you is do not add milk. This is green tea, not Earl Grey, and while you can add milk, it will, in our opinion, spoil the delicate flavour of one of the world’s most subtle teas. So please resist the urge to go to the fridge for a jug of full-fat, semi-skimmed, skimmed, organic, soy, rice, coconut or almond milk. They will all do just as much to detract from your green tea taste experience.

Sugar

The addition of sugar to your green tea is very much a matter of taste preferences. Personally, I love my green tea au naturel, but if you wish to sweeten your tea then go for it. One study by Mario Ferruzzi, lead researcher and associate professor of food science and nutrition at Purdue University, reported in The Times of India in 2009, suggested that adding sugar to green tea could actually have health benefits as it enables the body to more quickly absorb the tea’s antioxidants.

Lemon Juice

For those who wish to adapt the flavour of green tea to their preferences, lemon is one of the most popular ingredient to add. It’s distinctive zesty bite compliments the subtle tones of the tea perfectly and the additional shot of Vitamin C it affords bolsters the already impressive list of wellness promoting elements already present in your green tea.

Fruit

Why restrict yourself to lemon? Green tea can be taken with almost any fruit – peach, apple, and berries being among the most commonly added. Slice the fresh fruit into your tea and stir to release all their fruity goodness.

Honey

As a sugar substitute honey does really well, and for an even better taste experience you can try combining honey and lemon with your green tea.

Mint

A sprig of fresh mint added to your green tea creates a refreshing flavour difference and as the leaves and stems of many varieties of mint contain menthol this has the added benefit of calming the constitution.

These are just a few of the flavour enhancers you can add to your green tea, there are of course many more, and experimenting with different ones will enable you to find your own tea nirvana. No matter what you decide to add to your tea to make it just right for you, the starting point has to be a quality cuppa, the green tea itself. To discover just why Innova Green’s green tea sachets are so popular click on our Products page and sample a pack today.

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Fact or Myth – Can Green Tea Cure Cancer?

For over 1,300 years’ the far eastern delicacy that is green tea has been enjoyed by royalty and commoner alike. It is a drink that is steeped in history and ritual, remaining unchanged in many ways until modern times. Today a multitude of green tea varieties are grown across Asia and enjoyed around the globe, and with its blossoming popularity have come health claims, some reasonable, some wildly unlikely, that suggest green tea can do anything from lowering cholesterol to irradiating cancer. But, in a world awash with theory and light on facts, what’s the truth behind the wellness benefits of green tea?

According to online medical knowledgebase WebMD there is indeed research to support the claims that green tea can:

  • Improve blood flow
  • Lower cholesterol
  • And help prevent a whole range of heart-related issues including congestive heart failure

Apparently, it’s the Catechins, or antioxidants that may be preventing cell damage, promote healthy blood vessels, and ‘help protect against the damage a high fat diet can cause’.

Other studies have shown that green tea can also:

  • Improve the memory area of the brain
  • Reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease
  • And stabilise blood sugar levels in those with diabetes

Claims have been made about green tea’s impact on cancer, and while this may seem an unlikely suggestion, studies have apparently been mixed in their agreement with this statement.

Once again, according to WebMD, there are some studies, incomplete as they may be at present, that suggest green tea does promote healthy cell growth and may even play a part in destroying cancer cells, though I repeat, this is early stage research.

The NHS Choices website says that the Chinese used green tea for medicinal purposes for centuries to treat headaches, depression and many other ailments, and, as well as antioxidants, they also say green tea contains vitamin B, folic acid, potassium, caffeine, manganese and magnesium.

As for green tea’s cancer fighting ability, it says that a 2009 review of 51 studies concluded that evidence was weak, but a 2015 study (conducted by researchers from the Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology, Singapore, and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School in the US) looking at one of the compounds found in green tea when combined with an anti-cancer drug called Herceptin and it reported promising initial results.

So, does green tea cure cancer? Well, the jury is still out there, but we’d say a strong ‘maybe’ is a fair conclusion. Watch this space for more information, and in the meantime, why not cover all your bases and consider green tea to be, at the very least, a soothing, relaxing, delectable drink to enjoy morning noon and night, and if it’s health benefits turn out to be real then that’s a really positive bonus.