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FAQ

Questions on tea? We can help.

  

Is there caffeine in green tea?

Yes, green tea naturally contains caffeine. Generally sencha, gyokuro, matcha, and black tea are moderate to high in caffeine while roasted green teas such as houjicha skew towards the lower end of the spectrum. If you have a sensitivity to caffeine try a new tea earlier in the day to see how it may affect you.

 

What are the health benefits of green tea?

There are calming and anti-anxiety effects from the amino acid L-theanine. There is the anti-inflammatory benefits from the catechin EGCG (Epigallocatechin Gallate). And many studies showing a connection between weight loss, reduction in the risk of cardiovascular disease, and the ability to reduce blood sugar levels and help prevent type 2 diabetes.

 

What does "single origin" and "single varietal" mean?

Similar to wine, the tea plant (Camellia Sinensis) has many different cultivars that have their own unique flavors, colors, and aromas. "Single varietal" refers to a tea that is a 100% of one cultivar and has not been blended. These teas are fun to drink as they reveal unique characteristics of that plant and the region they were grown in.

"Single origin" refers to a tea that is from a single farm and not blended with teas from other farms. 

  

Why are some green teas more expensive than others?

While a majority of the tea produced in Japan 

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