China Green Tea

Tea is thought to have originated in China, over 4000 years ago. From China it spread by seed, and for the most part without the intervention of man, to most other parts of what is now known as the tea-growing world, either directly or in steps from one country to another.

Most China teas are produced in the traditional manner: by families owning small farms. There are over 1,200 varieties of tea grown in China, the majority of which are green and since very few are exported, we are limited to what taste experience we can enjoy.

Japan Green Tea

Japan is normally ranked sixth to eighth among the largest tea producers in the world. Japan produces an extraordinary amount of tea in an extremely small area, most is grown in the Shizuoka region but other tea growing areas include Miye, Kagoshima, Kyoto, Nara and Saitama.

When compared to green teas from other countries, Japan teas are easily recognized by their rich, dark green leaves. This is a result of steaming the leaves immediately after plucking and then air-drying them to preserve their freshness. This two-step process captures the flavour, fragrance and beautiful colour of the leaves. The time that it takes from the leaves being plucked to being processed and packaged is often as little as 45 minutes. The result of this efficient processing is a pleasant and refreshing beverage that is almost like having the leaves plucked directly off of the plant.