If you’re new to Japanese teas, I suggest that you start by learning about sencha, the most produced (and consumed) tea in Japan.
I am so pleased to have found your site. It is very well done, the information is excellent, and the presentation is welcoming..
Would you please let me know what teas you recommend as being lowest in caffeine. I have an anxious reaction (like you to the caffeine in coffee) and have found many teas cause this response. Loving green tea as I do, I would like to continue to drink it. Kind regards, J
Hello Janis, thanks for the comment.
Houjicha and genmaicha are both very low in caffeine, the first one because of the extra roasting process and the second because the added rice has no caffeine.
Such an informative site thank you so much! It would be really great if you could do a health section explaining all the health benefits of tea…there are so many!
As you say, there are many. That’s why I’ve been publishing health-related articles every now and then. I’ll probably summarize them all in a future post.
Felicidades, Ricardo. I am so pleased to see that in Latinamerica there is someone adventuring into real tea. I am more knowledgeable of Chinese tea but as I drunk some ichabancha, a search brought me to your page. I will soon be in Colombia (Medellin, Cartagena y Cali) but unfortunately not in Bogota in which case a cata would definitely been on my adgenda.
Thank you for your message Spiii.
It sounds like a very fun trip, enjoy your stay in Colombia. The next time please stop by Bogotá for a tea tasting : )
You mention above that Houjicha and genmaicha are both very low in caffeine. Is there one that is also high in theanine? Looking for one for a relative to help increase relaxation, decrease anxiety.
Unfortunately, most teas that are high in L-theanine aren’t low in caffeine. Although some have less than others.
My advise is to find a kukicha that is mostly stems and twigs, no tea leaves. That way you minimize the caffeine and get the L-theanine that you seek.
I remember being in Japan and eating at Kaitenzushi places. The tea they had was distinctly strong and less delicate to matcha. Was this konacha?
Thanks for commenting.
Yes, it was probably konacha. I wrote a post about it, in case you’re interested:
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