Green teas are made, like all tea, from the leaves of the tea plant Camellia Sinensis. This debunks one of the most common myths about green tea, that it comes from a different plant or herb and as such is lower in caffeine than black tea. If you are looking for an early morning caffeine hit a green tea will pack as great a punch as any black tea; a strong flavour doesn’t necessarily mean more caffeine. What makes a tea green is the way it is processed, with the leaves being stopped from oxidising.
Just like wine, there are thousands of different green teas, ranging in quality and taste. Industrially-grown green teas are often tannic and bitter, because the sweet amino acids have been lost during the machine processing. It is these flavours people often associate with green tea, drinking it almost as a chore to try and reap the many health benefits associated. But it is in the hand-made green teas that the good stuff can be found in its highest form, and they are utterly delicious.