Botanical: Camellia sinensis
Health Benefits:This tea has undergone very little oxidizing so retains many valuable nutrients. Catechins present in the brew stimulate fat oxidation and energy expenditure. It’s also said to boost cognitive function and can reduce the risks of neurodegenerative disease such as Alzheimer’s.
Chinese green tea is steamed but not oxidized so the flavours are quite different to those of the black teas. Green tea originates in China with a bush that has much smaller leaves. The Japanese popularised Sencha tea, with ritualized tea drinking ceremonies . ‘Sincha’ means ‘new tea’ and is always made with the first leaves harvested, the leaves that are freshest and sweetest. The flavour is light and grassy so we encourage you not to add milk or sugar. You can steep the pot numerous times using the same leaf and the pot will keep delivering a delightful liquor.
The Great Mormon Butterfly
This black beauty is a member of the graceful Swallowtail family. They are a common in China where the Sencha tea is grown. The female Mormon comes in four different patterns that mimic other toxic butterflies. It’s a great protection strategy for the females but real confusing for the poor male.