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Organic Sencha AkaikeTea 1 oz

$2.25

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ORGANIC SENCHA AKAIKE
(Organic Green Tea)

Small Batch Blended and Packed in Canada at The Metropolitan Tea Company. HACCP Certified.

Ingredients From: China
Region(s): Hunan Province | Zhejiang Province
Shipping Port(s): Shanghai
Grade(s): Sencha – Made to Japanese specifications
Growing Altitudes: 1500 – 4500 feet above sea level | 700 – 1500 feet above sea level
Manufacture Type(s): Non fermented, Traditional steamed, Pan dried and polished.
Cup Characteristics: A medium-bodied Sencha that tends lightly vegetative with hints of cut grass. Known to be
high in polyphenols.
Infusion: Avocado-like green with brightness.
Luxury Organic Ingredients: (Loose Tea / Pyramid Tea Bags): Green tea, Rose petals, and Natural flavors.
(Classic Tea Bags): Green tea, and Natural flavors.
Organic Credentials: The Metropolitan Tea Company Ltd.
Go to www.metrotea.com for most recent certificate.
(Organic Equivalency with COR, NOP, EU)

Information:
By now, most of your customers will be somewhat familiar with the health benefits of drinking superior quality green teas like
this Akaike Sencha. Recent newspaper articles have lauded green tea’s high polyphenol levels, catechins and anti-oxidants and
the numerous ways they help the body. Recent scientific evidence appears to show green teas can even help fight certain
cancers, strengthen bones and teeth and increase longevity1
. But how many of your customers know that green tea was a
beverage favored by Minagawa Yone of Akaike, Fukuoka, Japan? Probably not very many, right? Well, let them know
because between January 29, 2007 and August 13, 2007, Minagawa Yone was the world’s oldest living person. Classified as a
super-centenarian, Minagawa reached the ripe old age of 114. We can’t make the claim that it was the Sencha alone that kept
her going, certainly a combination of diet, good genes and a healthy dose of luck also came into play, but the tea certainly
didn’t hurt.

Now, in the great universal warehouse of things that are good for you, there aren’t very many items that can claim to be as
delicious as a freshly brewed cup of grassy green Akaike Sencha. (Seriously, compare it to a spoonful of cod liver oil if you
don’t believe us.) This would explain why it wouldn’t have been such a burden for Minagawa to drink it throughout her long
life. Top quality Senchas like this offer a light richness that can’t be found with other teas. Considered a good tea for everyday
drinking by the Japanese, Sencha Akaike offers long notes of wheat, clover honey, sweet grass and subtle seaweed. The cup
pairs exceptionally well with foods of all sorts, it makes an exceptional palate between courses and interestingly, makes a great
companion to peanut butter sandwiches. (We’re talking an all-natural organic peanut butter on crusty artisanal bread here - the
astringency cuts through the rich nutty flavor like a hot knife through…well…the other sort of butter.) Offer your customers
the spectacular flavor of Sencha Akaike and tell them to start saving for retirement!

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1Posted by the National Cancer Institute at the US National Institutes of Health http://www.cancer.gov/newscenter/pressreleases/tea]

Hot tea brewing method:

Traditional method (see note below): When preparing by the cup, this tea can be used repeatedly - about 3 times. The secret is
to use water that is about 180°F/82°C. Place 1 slightly heaping teaspoon in your cup let the tea steep for about 3 minutes and
then begin enjoying a cup of enchantment - do not remove the leaves from the cup. Adding milk and sugar is not
recommended. Once the water level is low - add more water, and so on and so on - until the flavor of the tea is exhausted. Look
at the pattern of the leaves in the brew, not only do they foretell your fortune but you can see the bud and shoots presenting
themselves, looking like they are about to be plucked.

Modern Method: Bring filtered or freshly drawn cold water to a rolling boil. Place 1 slightly heaping teaspoon of loose tea, 1
tea bag or 1 Q3 single serve packet for each 7-9oz/200-260ml of fluid volume in the teapot. Pour the boiling water into the
teapot. Cover and let steep for 3-7 minutes according to taste (the longer the steeping time the stronger the tea). Adding milk or
sugar is not recommended.

Note: Traditionally, the recommendation has been that green tea be brewed at 180°F/82°C. Regretfully, modern society makes
it necessary to consider that water may not be free of harmful bacteria and other impurities. Therefore you need to boil water
to kill bacteria. If you wish to use traditional brewing temperatures bring the water to a boil and allow it to cool to the desired
brewing temperature – it’s the food safe thing to do!

Iced tea brewing method (Pitcher): (to make 1 liter/quart): Place 6 slightly heaping teaspoons of loose tea, 6 tea bags or 6
Q3 single serve packets into a teapot or heat resistant pitcher. Using filtered or freshly drawn cold water, boil and pour 1¼
cups/315ml over the tea. Steep for 5 minutes. Quarter fill a serving pitcher with cold water. Pour the tea into your serving
pitcher straining the tea or removing the tea bags. Add ice and top-up the pitcher with cold water. A rule of thumb when
preparing fresh brewed iced tea is to increase the strength of hot tea since it will be poured over ice and diluted with cold water.
(Note: Some luxury quality teas may turn cloudy when poured over ice. This is a sign of luxury quality and nothing to worry
about!)

Iced tea brewing method (Individual Serving): Place 1 slightly heaping teaspoon of loose tea, 1 tea bag or 1 Q3 single serve
packet into a teapot for each serving required. Using filtered or freshly drawn cold water, boil and pour 6-7oz/170-200ml per
serving over the tea. Cover and let steep for 5 minutes. Add hot tea to a 12oz/375ml acrylic glass filled with ice, straining the
tea or removing the bags. Not all of the tea will fit, allowing for approximately an additional ½ serving. A rule of thumb when
preparing fresh brewed iced tea is to increase the strength of hot tea since it will be poured over ice and diluted. (Note: Some
luxury quality teas may turn cloudy when poured over ice. This is a sign of luxury quality and nothing to worry about!)

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Organic Pearl River Green Tea 1 oz

$2.25

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ORGANIC GREEN TEA - PEARL RIVER (Organic Green Tea) Country of Origin: China Region: Jiangxi Province, WuYuan County Shipping Port: Shanghai Grade: Special handmade green tea - Pearl River style Attitude: up to 2500 feet above sea level Manufacture Type: Hand rolled and formed Cup Characteristics: Some body with full green tea character with some pungency - A good satisfying cup. Infusion: Tending bright forest green CERTIFYING BODY: ECOCERT - L’isle Jourdain, France CERTIFICATE NUMBER: 407CN0010w19 REFERENCE NUMBER:OT20001022 F028 DATE OF CERTIFICATE: November, 2000 (tea vacuum packed, no loss of quality for 12 years) Information: Organic tea is produced without the input of chemical fertilizers or pesticides and herbicides. Unfortunately the yield per acre is lower and quite often quality can suffer compared to when fertilizers and others inputs are utilized. Nevertheless with good manufacturing techniques, the cup characteristics can be maintained at a very high level - such is the case with this tea. This tea is a top quality Green Tea (‘Pearl River’ signifies very important, master quality, cleanliness and good health). This superior quality Pearl River is exceptionally well graded with even curly leaf. Interestingly only the best leaves are able to achieve this particular curl and to sort these leaves from the rest of the leaf production the estate hand sorts! This literally means that the tea is spread out on a table and the leaves are picked out - one by one! The best tea is made during March and April when the tea bush re-emerges from its winter dormancy and expends all its ‘spring’ energy into growing the new shoots. The estate employs fine plucking techniques which is to say that only the top two leaves and the new bud is taken. Further, the plucking only takes place in the pre-dawn, when the leaf is covered with a misty dew which improves the taste and imparts a fullness to the tea character. The quality of the water and it’s affects on tea are legendary. Lu Yu, the father of Chinese tea (Cha’CHing or Book of Tea written in 780 AD), stated that water was of utmost importance. On a trip on the Yangtze River as a guest of a dignitary, Lu Yu asked have tea made with water drawn from the center of the river which was the cleanest and tastiest. After taking a sip Lu Yu said in disgust that the water was from the river bank. The man responsible denied this, upon which Lu Yu retasted the tea and declared that perhaps the man was correct but the water was inferior. The man then acknowledged that after he had drawn the water from the center of the river, some had spilled on the return trip to shore and the jar was topped up with water from midstream. Just before the dignitary had the man put to death for such great embarrassment, the man declared “Master Lu. you are clearly immortal” Hot tea brewing method: Can be used repeatedly - about 3 times. Use water about 180’F or 80’C. Place 1 teaspoon of tea in your cup, let the tea steep for about 1-3 minutes.- do not remove the leaves from the cup. Once the water level is low - add more water, and so on and so on - until the flavor of the tea is exhausted. Alternatively, as with all top quality teas, scoop 2-4 teaspoons of tea into the teapot, pour in boiling water that has been freshly drawn (previously boiled water has lost most of its oxygen and therefore tends to be flat tasting), steep for 2-4 minutes (to taste), stir (the leaves will sink), pour into your cup but do not add milk or sugar since green tea is enjoyed ‘straight-up’. Iced tea brewing method: (to make 1 liter/quart) : Place 6 teaspoons of tea into a teapot or heat resistant pitcher. Pour 1 1/4 cups of freshly boiled water over the tea. Steep for 5 minutes. Quarter fill a serving pitcher with cold water. Pour the tea into your serving pitcher straining the leaves. Add ice and top up the pitcher with cold water. Garnish and sweeten to taste. [A rule of thumb when preparing fresh brewed iced tea is to double the strength of hot tea since it will be poured over ice and diluted with cold water.]

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Organic Peacock #1 Green Tea 1 oz

$2.25

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ORGANIC GREEN TEA - PEACOCK #1 (Organic Green Tea) Country of Origin: China Region: Zhejiang Shipping Port: Shanghai Grade: Special handmade peacock style Attitude: up to 2500 feet above sea level Manufacture Type: Hand rolled and formed Cup Characteristics: Some pungency. Delicious green tea character with delightful fruity-like early season flavor. Infusion: Tending bright emerald green CERTIFYING BODY: BCS - Oko Garantie - Germany CERTIFICATE NUMBER: OR-6751/04.00/1283-VR REFERENCE NUMBER: 2092/91 DATE OF CERTIFICATE: April, 2000. (tea vacuum packed to retain total freshness in June 2000 - There is no loss of quality for more than 12 years) Information: Organic tea is produced without the input of chemical fertilizers or pesticides and herbicides. Unfortunately the yield per acre is lower and quite often quality can suffer compared to when fertilizers and others inputs are utilized. Nevertheless with good manufacturing techniques the cup characteristics can be maintained at a very high level - such is the case with this tea. This tea is a top quality Green Tea (‘Peacock #1’ showy, beauty, importance, good luck) with good ‘green tea’ taste properties - slightly vegetative and fruity, but refreshing and clean. This superior quality Peacock #1 tea is exceptionally well graded. It is said that if you look closely at the infused leaf you will see the fan of the peacock’s tail feathers. This tea has a delightful fruity-like character which is on account of the plucking and time of year it is grown. The finest crop is plucked in the early season (March/April), before the May rains have swelled the tender leaves and the sun noon day sun stresses the tea bush to the point where it affects the flavor. This tea is plucked in the early season as the sun is just beginning to rise above the horizon. Plucking of new leaf is generally carried out by women who get up at 3 to 4 am and walk in groups to the fields. On the way they risk encounters with poisonous snakes and ‘nasty’ insects. To keep their spirits up they often sing songs such about their dreams and their loves. The last 2 lines of a popular Zhejiang folk song go as follows: ‘My spirit in a tizzy, I ordered that young man, by all means to await me in my dreams to come’. Hot tea brewing method: Can be used repeatedly - about 3 times. Use water about 180’F or 80’C. Place 1 teaspoon of tea in your cup, let the tea steep for about 1-3 minutes.- do not remove the leaves from the cup. Once the water level is low - add more water, and so on and so on - until the flavor of the tea is exhausted. Look at the pattern of the leaves in the brew, not only do they foretell your fortune but you can see the shoots presenting themselves, not unlike a peacock’s tail feathers fanning out. Alternatively as with all top quality teas, scoop 2-4 teaspoons of tea into the teapot, pour in boiling water that has been freshly drawn (previously boiled water has lost most of its oxygen and therefore tends to be flat tasting), steep for 2-4 minutes (to taste), stir (the leaves will sink), pour into your cup but do not add milk or sugar since green tea is enjoyed ‘straight-up’. Iced tea brewing method: (to make 1 liter/quart) : Place 6 teaspoons of tea into a teapot or heat resistant pitcher. Pour 1 1/4 cups of freshly boiled water over the tea. Steep for 5 minutes. Quarter fill a serving pitcher with cold water. Pour the tea into your serving pitcher straining the leaves. Add ice and top up the pitcher with cold water. Garnish and sweeten to taste. [A rule of thumb when preparing fresh brewed iced tea is to double the strength of hot tea since it will be poured over ice and diluted with cold water.]

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Organic Osprey Gunpowder Tea 1 oz

$2.00

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ORGANIC GUNPOWDER TEA - OSPREY (Organic Green Tea) Country of Origin: China Region: Zhejiang Shipping Port: Shanghai Grade: Gunpowder - Organic Attitude: up to 2500 feet above sea level Manufacture Type: Gunpowder Cup Characteristics: A green tea with surprising body and captivating green tea taste. Infusion: Tending dark green CERTIFYING BODY: BCS - Oko Garantie - Germany CERTIFICATE NUMBER: OR-6751/04.00/1283-VR REFERENCE NUMBER: 2092/91 DATE OF CERTIFICATE: April, 2000 (tea vacuum packed to retain total freshness in June 2000 - There is no loss of quality for more than 12 years) Information: Organic tea is produced without the input of chemical fertilizers or pesticides and herbicides. Unfortunately the yield per acre is lower and quite often quality can suffer compared to when fertilizers and others inputs are utilized. Nevertheless with good manufacturing techniques the cup characteristics can be maintained at a very high level - such is the case with this tea. This tea is a classic top quality Gunpowder (marked as ‘Osprey’ the high soaring bird of prey, the pinnacle) with good ‘green tea’ taste properties - slightly vegetative but refreshing and clean. Superior quality gunpowder tea comes from the province of Zhejiang in China and from Taiwan. This particular tea comes from a tea estate west of Hangzhou in the hill country of Zhejiang province. The green leaf for this tea is plucked during April, corresponding to the time of the best quality. Legend has it that the name Gunpowder was given by a young English clerk who thought the tiny rolled green balls looked like gunpowder. The Chinese name for Gunpowder Tea is Siaou Chu, which literally means large leaf. Rolling the leaf has two effect on quality of the tea. It forces to the surface flavorful juices that otherwise would remain in the leaf. Rolling also forces out water, thus helping to reduce the tea’s final moisture content. The pellet retains its shape during firing and keeps its freshness longer than tea not manufactured in pellet form. Hot tea brewing method: When preparing by the cup, this tea can be used repeatedly - about 3 times. The secret is to use water that is about 180’F or 80’C. Place 1 teaspoon of tea in your cup, let the tea steep for about 1-3 minutes and then begin enjoying a cup of enchantment - do not remove the leaves from the cup. Once the water level is low - add more water, and so on and so on - until the flavor of the tea is exhausted. Look at the pattern of the leaves in the brew, not only do they foretell your fortune but you can see the bud and shoots presenting themselves, looking like they are about to be plucked. Alternatively as with all top quality teas, scoop 2-4 teaspoons of tea into the teapot, pour in boiling water that has been freshly drawn (previously boiled water has lost most of its oxygen and therefore tends to be flat tasting), steep for 2-4 minutes (to taste), stir (the leaves will sink), pour into your cup but do not add milk or sugar since green tea is enjoyed ‘straight-up’. Iced tea brewing method: (to make 1 liter/quart) : Place 6 teaspoons of tea into a teapot or heat resistant pitcher. Pour 1 1/4 cups of freshly boiled water over the tea. Steep for 5 minutes. Quarter fill a serving pitcher with cold water. Pour the tea into your serving pitcher straining the leaves. Add ice and top up the pitcher with cold water. Garnish and sweeten to taste. [A rule of thumb when preparing fresh brewed iced tea is to double the strength of hot tea since it will be poured over ice and diluted with cold water.]

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Organic Lucky Dragon Hyson Tea 1 oz

$2.25

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Bold and full flavored with hints of pine at the finish. An excellent China green tea that is good value! ORGANIC LUCKY DRAGON HYSON (Organic China green tea) Country of Origin: China Region: Anhui Province Shipping Port: Shanghai Grade: Young Hyson Altitude: 1500’ – 4200’ ft. above sea level Manufacture Type: Steamed green tea Cup Characteristics: Bold and full flavored with hints of pine on the finish. An excellent example of a robust China green tea. Infusion: Pale yellow green Ingredients: Luxury organic green tea Organic Credentials: The Metropolitan Tea Company Ltd. Certified Organic by QMI Organic Inc. Certificate #: Information: Hyson is perhaps one of North America’s most literary teas. Literary? Yes, literary. During the 18th and 19th centuries, Hyson was one of the most popular teas on the market, prized for its warm character, bright cup and overall sunny disposition. As well as gracing the tables and tea sets of those who had an appreciation for the finer things the East had to offer, Hyson inspired the work of many poets and writers of the period. Nowhere was this truer than in Boston. Unfortunately for merchants of the great city, tea’s place in the great literary tradition of the time wasn’t always a good thing. Following the Boston Tea Party of 1773 for xample a Boston poet penned the following: e Throw aside your Green Hyson Tea, And all things with a new fashioned duty… Revolutionary poems, like the one this excerpt is taken from, helped remind people to wean themselves off the tantalizing beverage. These poems appeared on handbills and posters that were distributed throughout the city to great effect. Still, although Hyson consumption did decrease as a result of the anti-tea campaign it remained a popular beverage in some circles, particularly literary ones. As the war ended and society moved into the 19th century, Hyson again began to inspire Boston’s poets, this time in a more positive way. In 1847, Ralph Waldo Emerson noted the tea’s rare scent in his famous poem Xenophanes: By fate, not option, frugal Nature gave One scent to Hyson and to wall-flower… It is no surprise that Emerson chose to write about Hyson’s fabulous aroma. Typically bright on the nose its scent hints at spring, the season in which it is produced. In the cup the tea is equally bright, round and full bodied with a touch of grassiness. We’re pleased to offer this Organic Lucky Dragon as a tribute to Hyson’s literary past. With its fine full leaf, intricate cup and heavenly aroma, it has the power to inspire the poet in all of us. Brew a pot, pull out a pen, and let your mind wander! Hot tea brewing method: Bring freshly drawn cold water to a rolling boil. Place 1 teaspoon of tea for each cup into the teapot. Pour the boiling water into the teapot. Cover and let steep for 3-7 minutes according to taste (the longer the steeping time the stronger the tea). Iced tea-brewing method: (to make 1 liter/quart): Place 6 teaspoons of tea into a teapot or heat resistant pitcher. Pour 1 1/4 cups of freshly boiled water over the tea. Steep for 5 minutes. Quarter fill a serving pitcher with cold water. Pour the tea into your serving pitcher straining the leaves. Add ice and top-up the pitcher with cold water. Garnish and sweeten to taste. [A rule of thumb when preparing fresh brewed iced tea is to double the strength of hot tea since it will be poured over ice and diluted with cold water]. LE0407

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Organic Kyoto Cherry Rose Tea 1 oz

$2.75

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ORGANIC KYOTO CHERRY ROSE (Organic Green Tea with natural flavors) Country of Origin : China Region : Hunan Province Shipping Port : Shanghai Grade : Japan Sencha style Altitude : about 2500 feet above sea level Manufacture Type : Pan fired green tea Infusion : Pale yellow green Cup Characteristics : Bold cherry notes tempered with floral rose. Enchanting nose and a smooth finish, it beckons one back for more. Truly, exotic afternoons delight. Ingredients : Green tea, Rose petals, Natural flavors CERTIFYING BODY: LACON, Germany CERTIFICATE NUMBER: D-HH-HH-3-00436-BC REFERENCE NUMBER: 9934/12/3/1 Information: Generally recognized as a rich source of antioxidants, particularly the Montmorency cherry, cherries are delicious in main courses, salads, side dishes and of course beverages. The blossoming of the cherry tree is quite an event in Japan and is generally known as 'the spirit of the season'. Cherries have a distinctive taste and explode with rich sweet flavour when combined with tea from Hunan and subtle rose. Kyoto is the cultural centre of Japan. Centuries ago Kyoto was the religious capital of Japan. The relics of this past are evident throughout the city. Beside the multitude of temples that dot the city, and the wonderful parks where religious scholars once walked, the city has more the 1000 Torjii - those typical gate/arch structures that one associates with Japan. The Torjii are large with the top shaped like a curved samurai sword (respect) and the two pillars are solid and stately (well being). During the spring time this area of Japan is ablaze with the new season cherry blossoms and the air is filled with sweet aroma. (The rose petals in this blend are intended to simulate these delicate cherry blossoms and the flavor is reminiscent of the beautiful smells waft on the springtime breezes.) It is little wonder that this ancient city has a very high ratio of tea rooms and this tea was created to honor (very important in Japan) this wonderful time of the year. Hunan Province produces some excellent Japanese style green teas. Early in the new season the tea is a bright emerald green and has the best flavor noted by a spring fresh character with pungency and body. [In Hunan the tea starts growing about March 15th, and between then and the end of April the quality is very good. Once you pass April, the quality plummets on account of the volume of leaf taken in and the bushes growing too quickly. Our policy is that we only buy our China tea requirements from tea grown between March 15 and April 15 - you will taste our quality and dedication to better tea when you compare our tea with similarly graded teas]. Sencha is commonly used in Japanese tea ceremonies marking events of personal importance. In this type of ceremony it is the ritual that is of paramount importance as the individual is being acknowledged. Flavored tea is a relatively new phenomena and combining flavors with roses and Japanese style green tea is almost considered ‘avant garde’ by our Japanese friends. Hot tea brewing method: When preparing by the cup, this tea can be used repeatedly - about 3 times. The secret is to use water that is about 180’F or 80’C. Place 1 teaspoon in your cup let the tea steep for about 3 minutes and then begin enjoying a cup of enchantment - do not remove the leaves from the cup. Once the water level is low - add more water, and so on and so on - until the flavor of the tea is exhausted. Alternatively as with all top quality teas, scoop 2-3 teaspoons of tea into the teapot, pour in boiling water that has been freshly drawn (previously boiled water has lost most of its oxygen and therefore tends to be flat tasting), steep for 2-4 minutes (to taste), stir (virtually all the leaves will sink), pour into your cup but do not add milk or sugar since green tea is enjoyed ‘straight-up’. Iced tea brewing method: (to make 1 liter/quart): Place 6 teaspoons of tea into a teapot or heat resistant pitcher. Pour 1 1/4 cups of freshly boiled water over the tea. Steep for 5 minutes. Quarter fill a serving pitcher with cold water. Pour the tea into your serving pitcher straining the leaves. Add ice and top up the pitcher with cold water. Garnish and sweeten to taste. [A rule of thumb when preparing fresh brewed iced tea is to double the strength of hot tea since it will be poured over ice and diluted with cold water.]

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Organic Jasmine Gold Dragon Tea 1 oz

$2.35

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ORGANIC GREEN TEA - JASMINE GOLD DRAGON (Organic Green Tea) Country of Origin: China Region: Jiangxi Province, WuYuan County Shipping Port: Shanghai Grade: Special jasmine - Gold Dragon Attitude: up to 2500 feet above sea level Manufacture Type: Steamed green tea and infused with scent from midnight picked jasmine. Cup Characteristics: Exquisite abundant jasmine character. The intense jasmine notes are only possible with flowers picked at the peak - generally about midnight. Some pungency with delicious green tea character. Infusion: Tending bright emerald green CERTIFYING BODY: ECOCERT - L’isle Jourdain, France CERTIFICATE NUMBER: 407CN0010w19 REFERENCE NUMBER: OT20001022 F028 DATE OF CERTIFICATE: November, 2000. (tea vacuum packed no loss of quality for 12 years) Information: Organic tea is produced without the input of chemical fertilizers or pesticides and herbicides. Unfortunately the yield per acre is lower and quite often quality can suffer compared to when fertilizers and others inputs are utilized. Nevertheless with good manufacturing techniques the cup characteristics can be maintained at a very high level - such is the case with this tea. This tea is a particularly good jasmine - hence the moniker Gold Dragon, (gold means wealth, prosperity, money and dragon means long life and strength). The jasmine tree comes into bloom only during May and June. The blossom only lasts for about 12 hours and only comes out at night after the sun goes down. About half way through the night the fragrance is at it’s peak and it is at this time the blossoms need to be picked and layer into the tea. By the morning most of the fragrance has disappeared from the blossom, but if the tea maker has done his job correctly, this heavenly scent has been transferred to the tea and captured in time. This process is carried out on 5 successive evenings to impart the superior flavor of specially selected tea and jasmine flowers. In China during the Sung Dynasty (960 to 1127) tea drinking rose to an art form. The harvesting of tea became closely regulated. Drum and cymbal signals were used to coordinate the tea pluckers during chilly dark pre-dawn hours. The tea pickers (always young virgins) received special training and even wore identification labels on the clothing so that tea thieves could be readily identified if they entered the estates. The girls were required to keep finger nails at a precise length, since nails, never the finger, were used to pluck the highest quality tea leaves. The fresh picked leaves were graded into classes and processed. The choice grade was delivered as tribute tea for the Emperor, while the rest was traded and sold by the regional government. A handful of tea of the choicest grade could be worth as much as 3 ounces of gold - virtually a lifetime of earnings for the common man. Hot tea brewing method: Can be used repeatedly - about 3 times. Use water about 180’F or 80’C. Place 1 teaspoon of tea in your cup, let the tea steep for about 1-3 minutes.- do not remove the leaves from the cup. Once the water level is low - add more water, and so on and so on - until the flavor of the tea is exhausted. Alternatively as with all top quality teas, scoop 2-4 teaspoons of tea into the teapot, pour in boiling water that has been freshly drawn (previously boiled water has lost most of its oxygen and therefore tends to be flat tasting), steep for 2-4 minutes (to taste), stir (the leaves will sink), pour into your cup but do not add milk or sugar since green tea is enjoyed ‘straight-up’. Iced tea brewing method: (to make 1 liter/quart) : Place 6 teaspoons of tea into a teapot or heat resistant pitcher. Pour 1 1/4 cups of freshly boiled water over the tea. Steep for 5 minutes. Quarter fill a serving pitcher with cold water. Pour the tea into your serving pitcher straining the leaves. Add ice and top up the pitcher with cold water. Garnish and sweeten to taste. [A rule of thumb when preparing fresh brewed iced tea is to double the strength of hot tea since it will be poured over ice and diluted with cold water.]

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Organic Gyokuro Tea 1 oz

$5.20

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ORGANIC GYOKURO Japanese style (Organic Green Tea) Country of Origin: China Region: Zhejiang Province Shipping Port: Shanghai Grade: Special green tea - Japanese Gyokuro style Attitude: up to 2500 feet above sea level Manufacture Type: Steamed and pan-fired Cup Characteristics: Some pungency. Delicious green tea character with depth and body and a pleasant lingering finish. Infusion: Tending bright forest green CERTIFYING BODY: IMO - Sulgen Switzerland CERTIFICATE NUMBER: 9934/10/01 REFERENCE NUMBER: 91L1010152 DATE OF CERTIFICATE: June, 2001. (vacuum packed + nitrogen flushed, no quality loss for 12 years) Information: Though this tea comes from China it is produced to Japanese specifications on Japanese machinery. The base tea is from single buds that are only available during March and April - when the best green leaf is produced. To increase the chlorophyll tea bushes are covered with bamboo and straw shading from March 1 to March 20th (more or less). The leaves are plucked about 1-2 weeks after the shading comes off. The leaves are small - less than 1 inch but extremely fragrant and tender. The plucked leaves are gently bruised and then lightly steamed, producing dark green leaves that give a slightly pungent tea with depth and character. Organic tea is produced without the input of chemical fertilizers or pesticides and herbicides. Unfortunately the yield per acre is lower and quite often quality can suffer compared to when fertilizers and others inputs are utilized. Nevertheless with good manufacturing techniques the cup characteristics can be maintained at a very high level - such is the case with this tea. Tea was introduced to Japan from China in the 7th and 8th century. Records indicate that Japan’s Emperor Kammu created a government post called ‘Supervisor of Tea and Tea Gardens’ as Japan had begun to cultivate it’s own tea. That this post was in the medical bureau of the government indicates that even then, there was tremendous respect for the health aspects of tea. From 800 to the 1200AD Japan relied heavily on China for it’s tea supply. Because tea arrived in limited quantities from China tea became a luxury used for medicinal and spiritual purposes. A Zen Buddhist, Eisai Myoan returned from China (from what is now known as Jiangxi) with tea seeds and planted them at his temple. He soon realized that the quality was superior to any tea currently grown in Japan. These seeds formed the basis of Japan’s tea industry in the centuries to come. Further evidence of the correlation between health and tea is found in a book that Eisai wrote; Tea Drinking is Good for Health. He wrote that tea drinking confers many benefits including curing lack of appetite, diseases caused by poor quality drinking water, and beriberi (a vitamin B deficiency). Hot tea brewing method: Can be used repeatedly - about 3 times. Use water about 180’F or 80’C. Place 1 teaspoon of tea in your cup, let the tea steep for about 1-3 minutes.- do not remove the leaves from the cup. Once the water level is low - add more water, and so on and so on - until the flavor of the tea is exhausted. Alternatively, scoop 2-4 teaspoons of tea into the teapot, pour in boiling water that has been freshly drawn (previously boiled water loses most of its oxygen and tends to be flat tasting), steep for 2-4 minutes (to taste), stir (the leaves will sink), pour into your cup and enjoy ‘straight-up’. Iced tea brewing method: (to make 1 liter/quart) : Place 6 teaspoons of tea into a teapot or heat resistant pitcher. Pour 1 1/4 cups of freshly boiled water over the tea. Steep for 5 minutes. Quarter fill a serving pitcher with cold water. Pour the tea into your serving pitcher straining the leaves. Add ice and top up the pitcher with cold water. Garnish and sweeten to taste. [A rule of thumb when preparing fresh brewed iced tea is to double the strength of hot tea since it will be poured over ice and diluted with cold water.]

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Organic Genmaicha Tea 1 oz

$2.60

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Toasty and jammy notes leap from the cup with mellow green tea notes and lightly vegetative flavor sprinkled throughout. ORGANIC GENMAICHA - Japan (Organic Green Tea) Country of Origin: Japan Region: Shizuoka Shipping Port: Yokohama Altitude: 1000 ft. above sea lavel Grade: Steamed Gyokuro Manufacture Type: Orthodox Cup Characteristics: Toasty and jammy notes leap from a cup that is also sprinkled with lightly vegetative green tea notes. Infusion: Bright, emerald infusion. Ingredients: Luxury organic green tea, Roasted rice. Organic Credentials: The Metropolitan Tea Company Ltd. Certified Organic by QMI Organic Inc. Certificate #: Information: Genmaicha is one of the world's most unique teas - just open the bag and you'll see why. The tea is usually made using Japanese Sencha or Bancha grade teas - ours is a steamed Sencha - and is blended with roasted rice kernels making the tea look as though it has been mixed with popcorn. The flavor of Genmaicha is light, with mild nutty overtones. The tea should be brewed at a slightly higher temperature than most green teas in order to bring out this wonderfully mild flavor. Genmaicha is an excellent palate cleanser and is perfect for drinking with Asian-themed meals. This quality has made it one of the most popular teas in Japan, the country where it originated. Although the version we offer here is actually grown in China, it is produced to exacting Japanese standards. As well it is grown organically; no pesticides or chemical fertilizers were used in its production. Throughout the tea trade legends abound as to how the combination of tea and roasted rice was discovered. The most popular of these centers around the household of a Samurai warlord in the 15th century. After arriving home from battle, the Samurai called for his manservant Genmai to bring him some freshly brewed tea in order that he might refresh himself. Genmai quickly dropped what he was doing, which was taking stock of the house rice supply. In his haste Genmai failed to realize that some rice had found its way into the folds of the sleeves of his robe. As he rushed to prepare the tea, some grains of the rice fell into the tea pot. His Master, filled with an unsatiated bloodlust after a fierce battle, yelled again for his tea. Genmai had no choice but to bring him the pot that had the rice in it. Unfortunately for poor Genmai his Master became furious when he discovered that he was not being served pure tea. Moments later, the manservant's head was rolling across the floor - Samurai did not mince words. Killing is thirsty business and the Samurai decided he would drink the tea anyway. Much to his surprise, the tea Genmai had prepared was the most delicious beverage he had ever had. The Samurai dropped to his knees to repent for the killing of his servant and decided that henceforth he would call this new tea Genmaicha, -cha being the Japanese word for tea, in honor of his servant. Fact? Fiction? Brew yourself or your customers a pot of this wonderful tea and let us know what you decide! Hot tea brewing method: While some green teas improve in flavor after being brewed more than once, Genmaicha is best the first time around. As well, water that is slightly hotter than normal for green tea should be used - about 180ºF or 90ºC. Place about 1-1 1/2 teaspoons in your cup, let the tea steep for about 3 minutes and enjoy. Iced tea-brewing method: (to make 1 liter/quart): Place 6 teaspoons of tea into a teapot or heat resistant pitcher. Pour 1 1/4 cups of freshly boiled water over the tea. Steep for 5 minutes. Quarter fill a serving pitcher with cold water. Pour the tea into your serving pitcher straining the leaves. Add ice and top up the pitcher with cold water. Garnish and sweeten to taste. [A rule of thumb when preparing fresh brewed iced tea is to double the strength of hot tea since it will be poured over ice and diluted with cold water.] LE0807

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