angel i agree! i love green tea! i drink it all the time, and i have this organic one i buy, and i drink it without sugar. it helps so much with my skin, that for a while i stopped drinking it, and i noticed a huge difference! now i am drinking it again!
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Green tea is great but Chiness White tea has up to 60-70% more anti oxidants, so if you are ingesting it for that purpose you may want to bump it up to white tea. White tea comes from the same plant however is not processed as much as green tea, so it holds more nutrients and anti- oxidants. :-)
All I drink is tea/hot water since my body functions better with hot than cold. Coming from hk, my family drinks lots of tea, a high grade chrysanthemum from China being one of my favorites. I drink corn, barley, green, white, and fruit teas on a regular basis
Teavana has great fresh tea selections. I just purchased some White Tea and Youthberry. Its actually good without the need for sugar. Also, you are only supposed to let it seep for about 4-5 minutes, otherwise they tend to get acidic
Silver tip/silver needle white tea is one of the least processed teas. I think these are the most prized of the white tea leaves (so I have read). I have purchased white and green teas from Rare Tea Co.
I make a huge pot of green tea every day and drink it cold instead of water. Also great in vitamix smoothies.
I use loose leaf green tea (only use tea bags if you're traveling or in a hotel, there's no substitute for loose) and filtered water. I get the water hot enough so it's just before boiling. I then put 1/2 tsp of loose leaves into a gold coffee filter for every cup of water. Since loose leaves can be reliably steeped twice a 2/1 ratio of water to leaves is perfect. I steep the leaves initially for 2 minutes exactly, any longer and it tastes bitter. Take the leaves out, let them cool for 5 minutes, then steep again for 5 minutes. I then have a huge pot of fresh tea with a wonderful grassy taste XD
I've been over doing my leaves. They taste soo bitter, I thought perhaps it was a shady brand or something.
Yeah it really depends on how astringent you like. The "standard" prep instructions are 175 F. for 1 min but I don't have my digital thermometer so I heat it just when little bubbles come on the bottom or let it boil then let it cool for a few min, then steep for 2 min. A good quality loose leaf tea is a bit pricier but any grade of loose tea I've found will always beat a tea bag.
I'm an avid lover of loose leaf green teas. I cannot stand bagged teas, lol. I don't have a digitherm either, so I'm going to use your bubble method. My sweetie bought me a lovely kettle for our anniversary, glad I get to start using it more regularly!