Brewing Loose Leaf Tea : Brewing Green Tea by expertvillage

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So, why is green tea such a big deal?  First off, like anything that seems the fountain of youth consumable (chia seeds, anyone) is majorly appealing to American consumer culture.  This becomes more than a little bit of a problem, because then the food becomes overly (and questionably) produced–compromising, at least energetically, the very effects we sought through the foodstuff.

But you know, green tea has been knocking people’s socks off for a long time. And, seriously–it is delicious.

The Journal of the American College of Nutrition released a report concerning the benefits. Ok, warning: there were animal trials for this study.  Still, the abstract says:

Green tea is a ‘non-fermented’ tea, and contains more catechins, than black tea or oolong tea. Catechins are in vitro and in vivo strong antioxidants. In addition, its content of certain minerals and vitamins increases the antioxidant potential of this type of tea. Since ancient times, green tea has been considered by the traditional Chinese medicine as a healthful beverage. Recent human studies suggest that green tea may contribute to a reduction in the risk of cardiovascular disease and some forms of cancer, as well as to the promotion of oral health and other physiological functions such as anti-hypertensive effect, body weight control, antibacterial and antivirasic activity, solar ultraviolet protection, bone mineral density increase, anti-fibrotic properties, and neuroprotective power.

So, get some antioxidants, y’all.  Not to mention, and this is only my particular experience but, see your digestion balance and your skin glow.

More:  Did you know that you can use the very same loose green tea leaves all day long?  Green tea is virtually infinitely brewable. It will also change throughout the process.  Meaning, yes, it becomes a bit weaker, thereby affording a longer brew time, but it also becomes grassier or sweeter or more floral depending on the type of tea.

There is some debate about whether or not one can decaffeinate tea at home.  Well, according to Dr. Weil, it would take 5 minutes to decaffeinate tea 80%.  Thus, if you start off with fully caffeinated green tea, by using the same leaves over and over during a day, you will remove the majority of the caffeine well before bedtime.  So, the wonderful thing about using your tea leaves all day long is that you can have tea in the evening without messing up your sleep schedule.

Try a variety of green teas and find the kinds that you like.  I’m a Dragonwell kind of lady (at least right now).  But, I certainly deviate at least once or twice a week.  I also recommend Gyokuro, an amazing Japanese variety. Also, please invest in the higher quality tea.  It may seem more expensive at the onset, but if you use the same leaves throughout the day, it really makes a difference.

Below is a wonderful tutorial for  brewing your favorite green tea. Remember, keep your water cooler and no more than 5 minutes (I  suggest no more than 3 minutes for the first steep, and then you can vary between 3 and 5 minutes without too much worry of over-steeping and making your leaves bitter).

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