Different types of green tea

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Green tea is traditionally divided into three main groups: Chinese green teas, Japanese green teas and Other green teas.

The Chinese are believed to be the first group of people that begun to use leaves from Camellia sinensis to create hot brews. Some of the most well-known Chinese green teas are Chun Mee, Hua Ding, Hou Kui (Monkey tea), Longjing, Qing Ding and Zhuchá (Gundpowder).

In Japan, the most appreciated green teas originate from the Uji region of Kyoto, but high quality green tea is produced in many other parts of the country as well. Examples of popular Japanese green teas are Genmaicha (Roasted rice tea), Gyokuro (Jewel dew), Hōjicha (Roasted tea), Kukicha (Stalk tea) and Matcha (Rubbed tea).

Among the “Other green teas” we find all the green teas that are produced outside China and Japan. Many of them have a lower quality and have been developed as a less pricy alternative to Chinese and Japanese teas. You can however find several great green teas in this group too. Among the most celebrated green tea producing regions are Vietnam, Darjeeling and Assam in India, and Sri Lanka/Ceylon.

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