Thursday, September 01, 2005

Why our green tea is chock full of antioxidants

If antioxidants are what you're looking for, then you'll get a lot in our green tea. I've witnessed the operations of the Nagata family (our supplier) first-hand, and they only harvest as much tea as they can process that day. As soon as tea leaves are cut, the oxidation process that destroys catechins and other antioxidants begins, so it's important to steam and dry the leaves right after harvest to lock in all the good stuff.

That's exactly what our growers do, since they're a small operation and are able to get the harvested tea from the field to the processing line right away. In the case of a large corporate tea farm, it could take hours and hours before the cut tea leaves are processed. But the Nagatas take in their harvested tea for processing right away. (Here are pictures from last year's harvest.)

—Mellow Monk

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