Organic Gaba Tea

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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!

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    • Shipping Weight
      110 g
    • SKU
  • Loose Leaf
    • Ease of Brewing
      Easy Brewer!
    • Net Weight
      100 g / 3.52 oz
    • Growing Region
      Shizuoka Prefecture
    • Year
    • Harvest
      First and/or Shincha
    • Breed
    • Shading
      Partial Shading (Kabusecha)
    • Steaming
      Light to Medium
    • Color
    • Aroma
    • Taste
    • Astringency
    • Clarity
    • First infusions per Pkg
    • Organic
    • Leaf (dry weight grams) to Water (1 fl oz / 30 ml) Ratio (recommended)
      .6 g to 1 oz/30 ml
    • Brew Temp (℃/℉ - recommended )
      71℃ (160℉)
    • Brew Time (Seconds)
    • Notes
      A rare organic green tea with very high levels of GABA
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  • Michael
    Aug 18, 2020, 12:22
    I was very pleased to see that O-cha is currently offering this tea!! Having read some information about it several months ago online, I was curious to try it.
    I found for first impressions that the tea did have a very unique aroma. I found it very pleasing and it reminded me of the sweet-fermented smell of freshly-made yogurt, it actually made my mouth water, I did not find it off-putting at all.
    The taste is just as the description conveys, a very nutty and buttery full taste, one that I find very appealing Delicious in fact!
    As for the health benefits, I experienced two immediate benefits, a deeper more restful sleep, and a decrease in chronic pain.
    It is a great tea to start the day with, giving a sense of wellness and relaxed-alertness. Very enjoyable!
    I plan on buying more, and I do hope that O-cha will make this a regularly available tea, Thank you O-cha for offering this delicious tea!

Product questions

  • Trella
    Jul 11, 2022, 04:01

    The Gabaron cha you offer, what’s the GABA content per 100g? What research can you share showing green tea is typically GABA 400mg / 100g? Is that for matcha? Any shade grown green or any green tea? Thanks!!

    Admin Kevin
    Jul 11, 2022, 07:42

    There is a special process of fermentation used for green tea based GABA tea and the GABA content of our GABA tea is way higher than regular sencha is. I don't know exactly the GABA content per 100g, unfortunately, only that our supplier is highly reliable source of this and many of our other green teas.

  • David Feinstein
    Dec 1, 2021, 09:01

    Is the aroma strong and different enough that I should avoid infusing it in the unglazed kyusu I ordinarily use for sencha?

    Admin Kevin
    Dec 1, 2021, 11:26

    I would say no, the aroma is not that strong or empowering that you have to use separate brewing vessels. The aroma is noticeably different, however, but it won't linger in your tea ware afterwards.

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