Friday, March 11, 2005

How green should my tea be?

Mellow Monk green tea is green. Make no mistake about it. That greenness is a sign that oxidation has not destroyed all of the polyphenols and other anti-oxidants in the tea, as happens in black (or English) tea or oolong tea.

But some of you may notice that Mellow Monk green tea is not as deep a green as some mass-market green teas. Why is that, you ask?

It's because Mellow Monk isn't artificially colored. Believe it or not, many green teas are. Artificial coloring is what makes the infusion of some teas a bright green, so bright it looks like someone left a green highlighter pen in a glass of water.

But that's unnatural. Green tea isn't supposed to be that green. Besides, that artificially bright, deep green color has nothing to do with freshness or how much "punch" the tea packs in terms of antioxidants. It's just coloring.

If you're used to the highlighter green of some green teas, then once you get used to the natural green color of Mellow Monk, you'll probably start to see the artificial colors for what they are: artificial.

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