Having owned and operated a tearoom for over 12 years, I found there are two kinds of tea drinkers; those that love green teas and those that do not. For many years I was one of the non-green tea drinkers. As a child we only ever had black tea in teabags. I never even knew there was such a thing as loose leaf tea till I was in college. Please understand, I grew up in a lower middle class family in the 1960’s. We were lucky to have tea much less experiment with anything too fancy. I know it’s sad but somehow life passed me by and I was left only being familiar with black tea in bags. Then wonder of all wonders, I found out there were other types of tea available. My first trip to a Chinese restaurant in 1973 when I went with friends after work led me to my first encounter with green tea. Not wanting to seem uncultured, I sipped and sipped that green tea, choking down a few small cups but not really wanting any more. It was so grassy and a little bitter.
Thankfully I found Octavia Tea Company and their large selection of green teas. The best part of my tea education was finding out just how to brew a good green tea so that it is flavorful not bitter, smooth not sharp; delighting the palate and teaching me that green tea can be delicious. Starting with their Tropical green tea, I was hooked on this tea that smells sweet with floral notes. I started branching out to other flavored green teas and learned to love them all. Then it was time to really test my palate, time to try a pure green tea. Time to find out if I was truly a green tea drinker. And I was.
Zen Super Green is an organic green tea crafted for the tea connoisseur but easily appreciated by the novice. This richly flavored, antioxidant laden green tea has a vivid jade green brew as a result of generously coating the Sencha leaves with powdered Matcha. Just think, the best of two types of green tea in one cup….Sencha and Matcha both from Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan. Delicious!
To brew this tea: bring water to boil and allow water to cool to 170°F. Steep 1 tablespoon of tealeaves per 16 ounces of water for 1½ -2 minutes using a fine, mesh strainer. If using your tealeaves for a second or third brew(which is highly recommended to fully enjoy all the nuances of this amazing tea), increase the steeping time by one minute for each subsequent infusion. If you are new to the green tea world you may like to add a little honey for a little sweetness.
If you’d like more information about Octavia Tea Company or if you’d like to experience this delightful green tea for yourself, check out Octavia Tea Company’s website HERE. You can also find their teas at specialty and gourmet shops.
This post is part of an A-2-Z Writing Challenge for the month of April where you write everyday except Sundays with the next letter of the alphabet.