Japanese Green Tea
Uses a Different Processing Method

Japanese Green Tea

Japanese green tea is perhaps one of the most common teas consumed around the world today. Due to the many positive health benefits of green tea, the entire tea industry continues to rise and evolve.

Available hot or cold, green tea is found in a variety of beverages and fruit drinks because of the natural enhancements it provides; another reason for the growing popularity of Japanese green tea.

In addition to providing relief to those suffering from chronic conditions, like high cholesterol and diabetes, other health benefits of green tea include reduced risk of cardiac arrest and cancer. Japanese green tea also has anti-inflammatory agents that are easily absorbed through the skin to help ease the pain of Rheumatoid arthritis.

Japanese green tea is processed three different ways, each method is safe and if taken on a regular basis, can improve internal organ function as well as a host of other medical issues.

Cultivating the Japanese Green Tea Leaves

During the spring, the harvest begins and the tea leaves are removed from the Camellia Sinenis plant. To achieve the best tea of the highest quality, remain within a 30-day time frame; April 20th to May 31st is optimal.

Preparing the crop for processing begins by pruning back the leaves to reveal only the adult shoots. It is best to refrain from working during rainy days because wet leaves will affect the quality of the tea. Japanese green tea is world-renown for some of the being the best and this starts with the condition of the leaves.

Once the leaves are ready, they will go through the method choosen to ensure freshness and a great flavor.

Processing the Japanese Green Tea Leaves Using Steam

Steaming the tea leaves brings the finest finished product. The leaves must be processed within a specific time before oxidation and fermentation sets which ruins the quality of the tea leaves and renders them useless for processing.

The tea leaves are steamed anywhere between 20 seconds and 160 seconds. The time depends on several factors, including flavor, aroma and color. Longer steaming times reduce the color and taste of the tea. Shorter times help keep the tea in a natural state so most aim for steam time of 90 to 100 seconds.

The steamed tealeaves are cooled using low temperatures to preserve the taste and aroma as well as the vibrant color. As the leaves cool in a room temperature or controlled environment, they retain their robust, full-bodied flavors that are lost when exposed to high temperatures.

Pressing removes any traces of moisture or steam and is the final step before the tea leaves roll and twist. Rolling and twisting helps to release oils and breaks down other components to prepare for the shaping process of the tea leaf.

Final rolling process creates the unique tea-shape design and uses hot air circulating to store the leaves until they are ready for shipping.

Secondary Processing of Japanese Green Using the Roasting Method

Once the processed tea leaves are ready for shipping, the last step is to protect the integrity of the product until it reaches the destination. The roasting method keeps the green tealeaves in tact and free from deterioration.

Tea leaves are sorted by size, shape and weight, then placed into a roasting pan under high heat until they reach the optimal size. Ensuring that each tea leaf is similar in size helps to make certain that they blend perfectly. Pan roasting also helps to increase the flavor of the final product. After this process is complete, the leaves are packaged and ready for long-term storage or shipping.

Now that you understand how Japanese green is processed, it should be crystal clear why so many people feel passionate about this wonderful drink. The health benefits of green tea are too great to deny and will continue to help people live much healthier lifestyles.

More articles in our varieties of teas series

White Tea
Chinese Green Tea
Black Loose Leaf Tea
Oolong Tea (sometimes called Wulong)
Pu-erh Tea

Learn about herbal tea as well

Herbal Tea 1
Herbal Tea 2

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