Earlier this year researchers with the Chinese Academy of Sciences analysed the organic materials buried with Jing Di, a Han Dynasty Chinese Emperor. They discovered very high quality tea amongst the food and weapons buried with him for the afterlife, providing proof that tea was being consumed in China over 2000 years ago.
Although black tea has traditionally been the most popular type consumed in the UK, green tea is quickly gaining popularity, thanks in part to the fact that it appears to have the most positive health benefits. We wanted to take a closer look at what’s in green tea, and consider the different flavours that we have available, to see just what makes it so smashing to sip.
Green tea is packed full of powerful antioxidants, thanks to the high levels of flavonoids, delivering lots of anti-inflammatory and immune system boosting benefits. It also contains about half the amount of caffeine in coffee, and typically a little less than the amount in black tea. A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that the caffeine in tea contains a protein called theanine, which actually goes some way to balance the raised blood pressure and headaches associated with caffeine, while enhancing the positive effects such as an increased level of concentration.
LIMITED EDITION at Southsea Coffee
Chinese Treasures – China (from Bluebird Tea)
An unusual and powerful blend, this limited edition green tea is inspired by ancient Chinese herbal medicine tea. Containing ginger, goji berries, Siberian ginseng and jasmine flowers, this combination is renowned for its medicinal and healing properties.
Our other green teas
Hubei Cloud – China (from Waterloo Teas)
Mellow, refreshing and smooth with low astringency. This is a special grade of Chinese green tea produced in the high elevation tea gardens of Western Hubei. It has been carefully selected from the farmers earliest batches of spring teas, with an aroma suggesting sweetly toasted chestnut and meadow grass.
Kukicha – Japan (from Waterloo Teas)
From Kagoshima in Japan, Kukicha has a fresh green flavour and low astringency. The resulting cup is an emerald green infusion with classic bitter-sweet notes and mouthfeel associated with fine Japanese teas.
Cherry Lips – Japan (from Bluebird Tea)
The green tea in this blend is picked every March, just as the cherry blossoms begin to bloom. Light and delicate, the sencha green tea, rose petals and cherry blossom combine to produce images of emerald trees, fresh grass and flowers drifting in the ocean breeze.
Matcha – served as a Latte (from Bluebird Tea)
A traditional Japanese powdered green tea, one cup of matcha contains 70 times the antioxidants of a glass of orange juice, and 9 times the beta carotene of a serving of spinach. It is also a great source of calcium, protein, fibre, heaps of amino acids, vitamins, iron, zinc and potassium!
Matcha has been shown to aid weight loss, lower blood pressure, and improve concentration levels and clarity of mind. We have chosen Bluebird matcha as it is extra special; it contains rare and unique white matcha, grown at higher elevations to ensure an antioxidant boost, so the resulting cup is even more nutrient rich!