Does green tea have caffeine?
You’d be forgiven for thinking that green tea is herbal tea because… well it’s GREEN and full of plant-powered goodness! Green tea actually comes from the camellia sinensis plant, which also bears black tea, oolong, pu-erh and white tea. All these teas contain caffeine, only herbal and fruit tisanes do not.
So, is that a pro or a con?
With less caffeine than coffee, health-alicious green tea is a fabulous alternative when you want more of a prod than a slingshot effect from your beverage. A cup of green tea can be sipped and savoured day or night, providing a much gentler boost than coffee or black tea and minus the crash and burn after-effects.
Is green tea good for you?
A cup of get-up-and-go green tea is blooming good for you! How do we know? For thousands of years green tea has been drunk by ancient cultures and revered for its marvellous medicinal benefits.
Green tea leaves are brimming with plant-powered antioxidants. Our bodies love antioxidants, they contain polyphenols, flavonoids and catechins which research suggests may reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, certain cancers, high blood sugars and much more.
There are ZERO calories in green tea, so it’s good for those on a weight loss diet. But green tea also contains natural fat burning properties so if you want to be lean, drink your tea green!
Which green tea is best?
All our green teas get a green light to go ahead and claim top of the pops!
If we were giving out Best Green Tea Awards we think matcha green tea powder is deserving, due to it being one of the most healthy green teas.
Soaring to the top of the charts would be Jade Mountain, sweet-selling Green Rose, and Wakey Wakey, proudly alerting everyone to its presence.
Also deserving of their names up in lights are Gorgeous Geisha and her cousin Geisha Getaway, along with super-cruisy Blue Sage Shoes, Gyokuro, China Jasmine, Japanese Sencha and the emotional and sensitive one in the family – Buddhas Tears.
How to make green tea?
You can whip up a tasty green tea brew by adding a scoop of your favourite loose leaf green tea and water boiled to 80°C into your T2 teamaker, iconic T2 teapot or straight in your handy T2 infuser mug or tea cup infuser.
Matcha green tea powder is different. Whisk the powdered matcha with hot water until it’s frothy, then add in some heated skim milk to create a health-laden and dietlicious matcha latte. Of course, you can learn more about our matcha recipes online.
What does green tea do?
Green tea is loaded with goodness! Studies shown the health benefits of green tea may include:
A reduced risk of high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke
A decreased chance of Type 2 diabetes and certain cancers
Prevention of cell damage
Lowering of bad cholesterol and excess blood sugars
Reduced stress and inflammation
While we need no excuse bar the right to indulge in the refreshingly grassy aromas of delicate green tea brews, it seems that our bodies could blossom and bloom – and lose weight - if we drink green tea on a regular basis!
Is green tea good for your skin?
Green tea is good for everything! Yes, research has shown that the antioxidants and antimicrobial properties of green tea and our other glowing beauty tea collection can be beneficial to your skin.
When is the best time to drink green tea?
Day or night! But if you have trouble sleeping you might prefer one of the soothing sleep teas from our Wellness range.