One of the oldest and most respected of tea traditions, few things can compare to a high quality cup of green tea. Its origin is dated back more than 4,000 years ago, in the heart of ancient China. Accounts differ greatly on the invention of green tea, and no record of its original creation exists. One of the more romantic stories told is that an ancient Chinese Emperor discovered tea when a leaf from the tea plant floated into his teacup and infused its essence into the water. The resulting brew was so captivating, it spawned a revolution that would eventually overtake the world.
At first, green tea was only available to the wealthy and to religious leaders, but as tea plants became more prevalent, green tea became widely available to the masses, and eventually traveled beyond the shores of China. As its reach expanded, new varieties developed, and today, the world of green tea is a rainbow of colors and tastes, with choice brews to entice even the most fickle of tea-tasters. It may be a cup of sweet, enchanting Dragonwell that captures your fancy, or perhaps you are intrigued by the hint of smokiness in Gunpowder green tea. Maybe you are inspired by the creamy taste of powdered Japanese Matcha, or the inviting sweet and salty flavor the toasted rice brings to a fresh cup of Genmaicha. Whether you claim one favorite or are charmed by them all, it is near impossible not to be drawn into the fascinating world of green teas.