- High Catechins!
Grown organically in Kirishima Kagoshima, Kagoshima Organic Sencha "Kurasawa" is an organic light steamed sencha green tea which has a rather intense green-yellow color to it and carries a a nice grassy aroma. This year's version was grown semi-shaded and is considered "kabusecha".
Unique to this sencha is it's high catechin levels - this green tea has approximately 1.5 to 2 times higher levels of catechins than regular sencha! For this reason it is also packs a very astringent punch to it so brew with care at lower tempertures. If you are looking for maximum green tea health benefits and high levels of catechins, this is your tea! If brewed with care it is very delicious and flavorable, we are confident you will enjoy this product. As with all of our loose leaf green teas, packaged in nitrogen flushed packaging.
Price shown includes 100 grams of tea per package!17 – Reward points
- $15.30 USD
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We are pleased to announce the introduction of a rather unique variety of green tea - ORGANIC GABA tea (known as ギャバロン茶 in Japanese) or Gabaron Tea. As we are aware that many of our customer's main motivation for drinking green tea is for it's many purported health benefits, when we come across something unique and special health-wise, even though it may not be a traditional green tea we will always take a second look at it. The purported health benefits of this tea were too much to pass up.
GABA is tea that was developed in Japan for it’s special purported heath benefits using a unique fermentation process which produces high levels of GABA (gamma-Aminobutyric acid) in tea leaves. Through experimentation, Japanese scientists found that fermenting green tea in an oxygen-free, nitrogen-rich environment for six to ten hours produced a green tea with very large amounts of GABA.
While green tea is (especially gyokuro and matcha) is known for it’s high levels of L-theanine, it also has other amino acids one of which being GABA. Typically green tea has about 400mg/100g of GABA. However, due to the unique fermentation process this special GABA tea has almost 50 times that amount!
Before you decide to purchase this tea, understand that the one drawback to the high levels of GABA amino acid was it produced a rather unusual taste that is not typical of sencha you may be used to. It seems the process that produces high amounts of GABA affect the taste greatly and it’s not easy to produce a GABA tea that also tastes great. Fortunately our producer not only manages to do that, but also is able to produce a total organic product at the same time. But know up front that it doesn't taste like regular sencha.
So what can you expect this tea to taste like? If you are a regular green tea drinker, understand that your first encounter with GABA tea is going to be “different". It has a rather unusual aroma. You may be hesitant to try it and your first smell of this tea will probably give you a bit of a pause. So with the understanding that although it may look like most sencha but that it's actually a different tea altogether, once brewed you will be pleasantly surprised upon drinking it. It has a very nice nutty, buttery taste and is quite delicious. Our experience was that we were initially resistant to it based on the initial aroma, upon drinking it is quite pleasing.
Since we here at O-Cha.com are not research scientists and cannot make claims of the health benefits of this tea, we provide it for you to try and enjoy and we will let you do your own research on the matter. We can say that if you are seeking more GABA in your diet, it would be hard to beat this natural product! With a bit of online research you will most likely easily find quite a few scientific studies of the purported health benefits of GABA-cha, a few of which are said to include:
- Reduction of blood pressure in experimental animals and humans.
- Reduction of insomnia and stress.
- Improved concentration
- Fatigue relief
- Muscle growth
- Fat loss
- Lower sensitivity to pain
We look forward to hearing your reactions and experiences with this new and unique product, won't you try some today?
Price shown includes 100 grams of tea per package!18 – Reward points
- $16.20 USD
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