I always get the question about caffeine in green tea. Also along with that question, I get questions if its okay for pregnant women to drink green tea, so I have gathered these two questions to this single blog post.
Actually caffeine is very low compared to coffee, it’s about 1/3rd of coffee and slightly less than black tea. Within Japanese green tea caffeine varies, high end Japanese teas (Matcha, High-end Sencha, and Gyokuro) are said to have higher caffeine. On the other hand, Genmaicha and Houjicha teas are said to have lower caffeine than green tea.
The jury still is out on this issue. Some amount of caffeine from any caffeine-containing beverage consumed by a pregnant woman would transfer to the fetus, who do not have the ability to break down the caffeine. For this reason, some say that caffeine has negative effect on an unborn child. On the other hand, some scholars say that this would happen only with a large amount of tea. In Japan, most obstetricians and gynecologist say that one or two cups of green tea a day should not cause any issues in a pregnant woman. Some tea stores in Japan even recommend green tea to pregnant women because of the iron included in green tea. If you are pregnant and plan to drink green tea, we always recommend that you consult with your doctor first.
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There are many many teas in the world. Teas such as Black tea, Chinese tea, and Japanese green tea comes from the same tea leaf, the Camellia Sinensis. Depending on how you process and cultivate it, the tea will change to Black, Green, or Oolong tea.
1. Fermented or Not?
First major process that makes the crucial difference is if you ferment the tea leaf or not. If you do, it will become a Black Tea and if it’s half-fermented it will become Chinese Oolong/Pouchang Tea. If you do not ferment but steam it, it will become the Japanese green tea.
2. Shade Grown or Not?
As for the steamed tea leaf(Japanese green tea), if the teas are grown under the shade it will become Gyokuro, Kabusecha or Tencha, which is the loose leaf version of Matcha. These shade grown green teas are under the shade from 7-30 days before the harvest. Depending on the variety and the region, the period grown under the shade will vary.If it is grown under the sun, it will become the most commonly known green tea, the Sencha, Tama-ryokucha, and Bancha. In most case Bancha is used to make Houjicha and Genmaicha. Houjicha is a tea that has roasted the Bancha loose leaf, and the Genmaicha is a tea that is mixed with roasted brown rice and Sencha/Bancha.
3. So where does the ShiZen Tea fit in?
Our product fits under the following category:
– Matcha → Sakura Komachi
- Sencha Powder → Organic Green Tea Powder, Pesticide-Free Green Tea Powder
- Genmaicha Powder → Organic Genmaicha Powder
So you can see that Sakura Komachi is a tea that are grown under the shade, and Organic Green Tea Powder and Organic Genmaicha Powder are teas that are grown under the sun.
It is very interesting how the same type of tea leaf can change the teas so much depending on how it’s processed and cultivated. Hope you had a chance to learn something new:)
Thank you and enjoy your teas!
Instant teas are once put into liquid form and the amount of nutrients is said to be the same as the brewed green tea. On the other hand, green tea powder is simply fine powder of loose leaf teas that you can take in the nutrients of the whole leaf. It is said the nutrients and health substance in brewed tea is one third of the green tea powder.
The good part of instant green tea is that it will immediately dissolve in water with no sediment. On the other hand, green tea powder will not dissolve in tea as well as instant green tea. Since it is pure tea leaf with no additives it is likely to have some sediments.
Instant teas will include preservatives such as maltodextrin, citric acid, etc to make it easier to dissolve in water. As mentioned, green tea powder will not have any additives or preservatives, just simply tea leaf for the ingredient.
I have put together an info-graphic, hope you can see the difference from the following:
Hope you now have a better understanding about the teas!
Just to mention, our green tea powder that are sold in our store all have no preservatives, additives, or anything. Please visit our Organic Green Tea Store!
First, I would like to go over what is “Green Tea Sencha”. Green Tea Sencha is a green tea that is processed by an unique style (steaming process) that was created in Japan. This initial steaming step imparts the difference between Chinese and Japanese green tea. In most parts of the world, Japanese teas are most likely to be sencha (of course sometimes it will be Gyokuro or Matcha etc.), and they are generally named “green tea.”
Please keep in mind that this is not the only answer to this topic. Having many differences, I have tried to make it simple as possible, and tried to pick the one essential difference that makes these two teas different. I have challenged to make my own infographic, which I think is pretty self explanatory..I hope.
Just to let you know that our Organic Sencha Green Tea Powder are powder form of the Sencha, not Matcha.
As for Matcha, it will be a Organic Matcha from the south side of Japan, Kagoshima.
If there is any questions or comments please feel free to mention!