Hi, we’re Becki and Shawn, and we love green tea! This site is dedicated to sharing our knowledge about this wonderful health drink with you.
Throughout our 10 years of living in Japan, we’ve been asked many questions about Japanese tea. Now, with green tea becoming more popular, we’ve decided to share our knowledge online.
We hope you can benefit from this website and enjoy all the benefits from drinking green tea!
I started drinking green tea many years ago, long before I knew of any of its health benefits. Now, I enjoy doing research about green tea and finding out about all of its many benefits.
I hope everyone will try green tea and drink less sugary drinks.
In Japan, green tea is served everywhere. So, I naturally grew to love it over the years. Every time I went to the US for a visit, I missed drinking green tea. I started bringing loose leaf tea bags on my visits, and I was surprised that my friends and family wanted to try it.
One day, I’d like to see Japanese green tea as a popular drink in America.
Green tea comes from the camellia sinensis plant, and it has been the original health drink for a very long time. The Chinese and Japanese have been drinking it for the past thousand years and have developed quite a culture around it.
Tea was originally used in China as a medication. It was often prescribed to increase alertness and to help people with depression, digestive problems, and nervousness. Somewhere around the 900’s it became a drink of pleasure rather than just medicine, and so began the culture of the tea ceremony.
Tea plants were introduced to Japan about 700 years ago. Although the leaves come from the same type of plant, Japanese teas have a substantially different flavor than Chinese teas.
This is mainly because of the difference in growing conditions and the way the leaves are processed. Because of their rich aroma, bright green color, and distinct flavor, Japanese teas, such as sencha and matcha, are becoming more and more popular throughout the world.