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What is the Best Brand of Green Tea?

Prefer bags, and general super market availability is a plus. Any suggestions?

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  1. Just for the fun of it, try a green Earl Grey. Not for the purists, but what the hey?

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    1. re: EclecticEater

      I really like green Earl Grey. Have also enjoyed some of the green teas from WF - can't remember the names right now - one has rosebuds in it as well.

      1. re: MMRuth

        What I used was from some asian country I think Srilanka? But it tastes and feels good. However there was no guide on the cover and I just used it once daily. how about a guide I saw here >> j.mp/c8hkVy is that exaggerated info or real?

    2. Most less expensive bagged green teas don't taste very good (e.g., the 20 bags for $3-4 range). Mighty Leaf is good, but very pricey. Yamamotoyama is good, but difficult to find. If you don't mind buying in large quantities, the new Costco green tea is good. See: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

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      1. re: Jefferson

        I like the Yamamotoyama (could this name be any longer?) as well. It has a fresh green taste, and is also organic. David, in LA you can find it at the Mitsuwa market, I go to the one on Centinela.

        The Trader Joes organic green tea is weak, but will do in a pinch. Will have to try Costco, thanks Jefferson.

        1. re: Jefferson

          I too like Yamamotoyama. Also Tazo Zen green tea. It's flavored with lemongrass, lemon verbena, and spearmint.

          1. re: lvecch

            I don't like the Tazo green tea for the addition of the other flavors. To me it overpowers it.

            1. re: gyp7318

              Although I generally prefer the clean, bright flavor of a plain green, I happen to like this particular mix of lemon, mint, and tea.

              1. re: lvecch

                I enjoy Tazo tea as well. I like the green ginger tea especially.

        2. I'm really impressed with Harney and Sons. They have beautiful bright green sencha that is delicious. Check their website for prices, etc.

          1. I know that by saying bags and supermarkets you're not necessarily asking for connoisseur level stuff - but green tea is one item that really, really sucks, until you do get into some fairly decent grades of tea. In particular, green tea in tea bags is incredibly bad. It's well worth the effort to try decent loose tea. There are easy ways to do it without spending big bucks or using tea pots - this little one-cup infuser, for example:


            My favorite green teas are Japanese Sencha's. They can be quite expensive. This is a sencha grown for the Japanese market in Vietnam - it's very flavorful and not super expensive:


            Upton Tea sends very quickly - 3-5 days tops. They're strictly a mail order shop, and do tons of orders every day - with lots of satisfied customers. I don't think you could go wrong stepping up to this quality.

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            1. re: applehome

              It's more of a convenience thing than a cost issue. I like the way green tea tastes, and I'd like to be able to drink a couple of cups of green tea during the day while I work. I'd like something that has good flavor, but that I can keep at the office and prepare without too much trouble. I asked for bags, because, at my office, using a strainer and loose tea is just too hard in the chaotic setting of my office. I asked for a supermarket brand so I can find the stuff; a high-end tea bag available over the Internet would be fine too. Cost is not really a big concern. Just want something that's good and not too complicated to prepare. (Fwiw, I have a good electric kettle and bottled that I use to make tea.)

              1. re: David Kahn

                I would recommend buying a good quality loose tea then making your own tea bags. They sell them at Japanese markets such as Marukai, Mitsuwa and Nijiya in the LA area.

                I usually make my tea in a pot, but when I'm lazy I use the tea bags that I filled myself. It only takes a few minutes to make a dozen then you can take them to the office with you.

                Here's an internet site that you can purchase that bags at if you don't want to bother going to a store.

                1. re: David Kahn

                  Although I like loose tea at home 50% of the time, convenience calls for tea bags the other 50%. At work, I drink MAEDA-EN green tea (sencha), which I prefer to Yamamotoyama.


                  Good luck!

                  1. re: OCAnn

                    I was @ Marukai (Gardena) this weekend. They carry MAEDA-EN sencha. A bag of 100 for $15.

              2. Why does it have to be available at the supermarket? As someone who really knows green tea, I can tell you that you will find, with few rare exceptions, only the mediocre at your local supermarket. Life is too short for mediocre green tea, especially when, for the fraction of the price that you would pay for good wine, you can find a sublime green tea.

                If you must have tea bags, go to http://www.itoen.com/ and order their green tea in bags. It's very pricey (you are paying for the packaging and the bag) but is superb.

                If you must have supermarket tea, go to Whole Foods and get the organic Rishi green tea. However, it is loose, not in a bag. It's the best "supermarket" tea I have had.

                By the way, my vote for the greatest invention of the century (so far) is the "T Buddy" which you can order at www.tzu-the.com. It's basically some kind of plastic thermos (but doesn't taste of plastic - I think they are using some kind of high-grade material.) You can either brew tea the traditional way at home and then pour it into the T Buddy and take it with you (it has a nifty carrying strap and I take it with me when I walk my dog so I can sip tea in the park) or you can take it to work with you and brew loose tea at work. You just stick the tea in the bottom part of the cannister which contains the leaves and then pour the hot water in the top part. It really brews great tea - tastes as good as tea brewed the old-fashioned way.

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                1. re: omotosando

                  omotosando - please tell me more about the T Buddy. I can't really tell from the picture, but how do you remove the tea when it is done steeping, or does it steep for the entire drinking time? Are the ounce-sizes referring to the actual liquid, or do you lose some space in the bottle with the infuser? Thanks for further information. Also, have you tried their T bars? Good?

                  1. re: liu

                    The bottom of the T Buddy contains the tea infuser. When the tea has been brewed to your satisfaction, you can twist off the bottom, empty the tea from the infuser and put the bottom lid back on.

                    I'm not sure about the ounce sizes. I initially started with the small size and liked it so much, I ordered a larger one. The larger one is probably more practical. I am about to order another large one to keep at my office.

                    I have not tried the T bars.

                    1. re: omotosando

                      Oh, the other thing I forgot to say about my T Buddy (and no, I don't work for them - I just happen to love their product) is that every morning I'll brew a huge pot of tea and pour what I don't drink into my T Buddy and stick it in the refrigerator. Then later in the day, I'll pour the refrigerated tea over ice and have heavenily ice tea - much better (and much cheaper) than bottled ice tea.

                      1. re: omotosando

                        Wow, the T-Buddy looks as though it should come with a hot mitt. How do you carry that thing?

                        1. re: Jefferson

                          It comes with a carrying strap, of course.

                    2. re: omotosando

                      Wouldn't a metal travel French press work equally as well? Bodum's version (available online through bodumusa.com or on Amazon) is safe, VERY well-insulated, and won't warp, crack, break, etc.; these are, by the way, all problems I'd had in previous years with other transportable tea-things.

                      1. re: PseudoNerd

                        I have the Bodum travel press and much prefer the T Buddy. It is slimmer, easier to hold, pour and transport and just generally more elegant. Also it feels to me that it is made from higher quality materials.

                    3. if you have an asian supermarket nearby, they usually carry green tea bags with little flecks of brown rice in them. the brown rice gives the tea a subtly sweet, almost nutty flavor. really good!

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                      1. re: bijoux16

                        Yes, roasted brown rice green tea -- genmai-cha / genmaicha -- should be pretty familiar to anyone who has eaten at a "sit down" Japanese restaurant. I think the flavor varies less than other types of green tea, presumably because the grade of tea isn't as important when there is another strong flavor in the mix. Genmai-cha often is a great bargain for "everyday" tea.

                        1. re: Jefferson

                          Another reason genmaicha makes a good everyday work green tea is that it is designed to be brewed with boiling or near boiling water. Sencha should typically be brewed at 170F-180F and gyokuro even lower, which can be inconvenient at work.

                          Even better is matcha genmaicha, which is genmaicha that had been dusted with a layer of matcha, the powdered green tea used in the japanese tea ceremony. Ito En makes a reasonably priced version, although there are plenty of others.

                      2. Have you tried the tea cups with the lids and ceramic strainers that sit right in the top? Have seen at most Asian markets, and at Cost Plus World Market. If you use loose green tea tthey stay caught in the strainer which you remove. Very simple.

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                        1. re: torty

                          This is my preferred method. No messier than bags, brews my loose tea of choice, looks elegant.

                          If I have to use a bag, I like Revolution, but I'm not crazy about their green or rooibos varieties.

                        2. Though expensive, really superb sencha and gyokuro tea bags made from fresh first harvest teas can be had here:


                          They ship from Japan, but very quickly.

                          But for maximum flexibility, this cup infuser from Upton's is really quite convenient for work and gives you the option of trying all sorts of good tea:


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                          1. re: ahclem

                            Thanks for the reference to japanesegreenteaonline. Looks like a superb alternative for when you absolutely must use a tea bag, such as on an airplane or at a restaurant. My personal pet peeve is when you go out to an expensive restaurant and spend a small fortune on dinner and then order tea with dessert and they bring you (usually with great flourish) a box of the most mediocre tea bags to choose from. This seems to be more of a problem in L.A. than New York where I've found that most high-end restaurants will bring you loose tea.

                          2. Stash premium green tea is my choice for widely-available green tea (supermarkets).

                            1. I enjoy the strong flavors of Starbucks' China Green Tea (not the Chai), Peets' Genmai Cha, Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf's Genmaicha, and Seattle Best's Japanese Green. Peets and Coffe Bean offer different variations of the green tea. You can buy packets of them online or in store.

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                              1. re: chica

                                Starbucks carries Tazo teas, which also are available at major grocery stores. Although frankly, it might be easier to get to a Starbucks -- since they are everywhere -- and the lines probably are shorter, too!

                              2. There's a new tea place in the Fairfax district (between Canter's and Supreme, across from Largo) that carries only organic, fair-trade teas and organic, vegetarian (with lots of vegan options) foods. The to-go cups are equipped with hand-packed (done there in front of you), unbleached tea bags that are sealed using heat INSTEAD of adhesives. Who wants glue in their tea? If you want, you could probably ask them to make bagged teas for you, and there'd be even greater variety-- the tea menu is pretty extensive, and it just opened, so the tea ought to be very fresh.

                                1. I like Adagio teas. The brewing pot included in their starter kit is as easy as tea bags. Also kind of fun trying different types of teas. Alot of different greens. Shipping is very fast and reliable.

                                  1. It's 90 degrees outside and I'm in an air-con cafe sucking down an ice tea brewed to order with Numi organic jasmine green tea. Wonderful.

                                    1. Sobe Green Tea Extreme... what says Japanese authenticity more than Sobe?

                                      1. My favorite green tea is Uji Cha but they are hard to find outside of Japen.

                                        In our office, we have Tazo China Green Tips which has a delicate fragrance that I really like. Also, Itoen tea bags are available in some asian stores. Less expensive is Dynasty green tea ($1.60 at most asian marts but harder to find). This seems to be as good (if not better) as the Yamamotoyama regular green tea and has a really nice scent if you don't add too much water (I haven't tried Yamamotoyama's premium or super-premium. Anybody?).

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                                        1. re: rotiprata

                                          Yamamotoyama isn't really objectionable at all; of course, it isn't all that wonderful either, but it's solidly consistent and widely available at Asian markets. I think we have the premium around somewhere, and it's fine for when one doesn't really have the time/energy/attention span to taste the tea. It falls flat in comparison to...say, a good gyokuro. Then again, what doesn't?

                                          1. re: rotiprata

                                            You're lucky. My office has Lipton.

                                          2. I enjoy hoji-cha, the roasted green tea. It is a great coffee subsitute and also makes a good ice tea. I believe it was invented during or post war to extend lesser quality tea. If you are ever in the OC -Ebisu in Fountain Valley serves it up gratis. But I buy the Yamamotoyama bagged.

                                            1. I second that hojicha recommendation. You can find the teabags at lots of asian markets and some health food stores.

                                              Genmaicha from Upton Tea Imports (http://www.uptontea.com) is one of the staples in our tea cupboard, but we buy that loose.

                                              1. If you are looking for inexpensive, easily located, grocery store selections, I would recommend the following based on my experiences.

                                                Many groceries sell Republic of Tea, which I think far preferable to Tazo. They have several varieties, both flavored and unflavored, and loose and bagged in round bags.

                                                Most major cities have a mall with a Teavana in it. They, too, have a good selection of green and white teas. Not sure about the bags, though. Also preferable to Tazo.

                                                Twinings also packages green teas, including a gunpowder. Even this is preferable to Tazo.

                                                I sympathize with the teabag thing. At work I just don't have time to savor the ritual of loose tea brewing, and ritual it is. So - teabags. I save the puer and other exotic loose-leaf teas for at home.

                                                You might have noticed that I don't think much of Tazo. Tastes like zinc. I don't think they do a good job of controlling their tannins. But some people are genetically predisposed to not tasting it, so they love the stuff. The best bet is always to try things out for yourself. You may make some great discoveries that you can share with us!

                                                Good luck.

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                                                1. re: Loren3

                                                  Although I love both Republic of Tea and Twinings especially, I've had bad green tea experiences with them. With Twinings, it was Jasmine Green Tea. Too strong and too bitter - it completely lacked any subtlety and overpowered the floral notes. With Republic, it was Grapefruit Green Tea. I swear the stuff smelled and tasted like liquid reefer. Truly disgusting.

                                                  1. re: lvecch

                                                    I'm with you on the grapefruit green from RoT. Too bad it didn't work like liquid reefer! I also agree on the jasmine. That's hard to get right. But, all in all, for relatively inexpensive and easily available greens, their other offerings make good choices.

                                                    1. re: Loren3

                                                      That's good news and makes sense, because they're great brands.

                                                2. Give Two Leaves and a Bud a try: www.twoleavesandabud.com

                                                  They were just included in an article in the NY Times about the trend towards putting whole leaves into tea bags rather than the remnants of chopped up tea. Also notable is the new design in teabags moving away from the old paper bag and more towards a mesh type pouch.


                                                  1. This place had some of the best green tea I ever tasted. They only sell tea. They have an interesting background (life story).


                                                    Their site is:


                                                    They really know their teas and have many different grades of green tea that they will sell, loose. You might try some from them or else call them and tell them what you're after.

                                                    I met Nat Lit who founded the place, an interesting raconteur, and I'm sure his daughter who runs the place is just great at helping people find the kind of tea they want.

                                                    1. My wife has tried them all, and she always goes back to Ito En.

                                                      1. I would suggest green tea by this company called Tzu-The http://www.tzu-the.com . Their production process emphasizes maintaining the highest levels of EGCG which is the magical "cancer fighting" component of green tea. There are two types of green tea they sell, one is the traditional loose leaf green tea, and the other comes in pancake shaped tea bags called t-pods. From my research, green tea also loses its nutrients fairly quickly as it oxidizes. Tzu-The's green tea bags are preserved in air tight containers to prevent oxidation.

                                                          1. re: jpr54_1

                                                            For years I have been trying to order Franchia's first-pick Korean Wild Green Tea; however, they still sell it only in $100 packets for 3 ounces.

                                                          2. >> Yamamotoyama (could this name be any longer?)

                                                            Yes, how about Yamamotoyama Lite?

                                                            Seriously, I need to look for some of this. I have been trying various grocery store brands of green teas and most make me think of brewed grass.

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                                                            1. re: Jimmy Buffet

                                                              In Tokyo at The New Otani Hotel they stock their rooms with a delicious green tea bag. I enjoyed several a day!
                                                              It turned out to be a special Yamamotoyama tea bag that was made for their Japanese hotel.

                                                              However, the Yamamotoyama Special Occasion Green Tea is stocked in the USA on some of our Japanese market shelves. It comes in a dark green and light green box of 20 bags and it is quite good. Yamamotoyama makes several tea bags with different teas, but look for their "Special Occasion Green Tea" box.

                                                              The bags are convenient and good, but a bag from the market shelf will not be as good or fresh as what you can order online.

                                                              1. re: liu

                                                                I just recently switched to Yamamotoyama's "Special Occasion Green Tea" for my everyday drinking and agree that it's quite good!

                                                                1. re: OCAnn

                                                                  Hi, OCAnn!
                                                                  We know there are better green teas, but sometimes one wants the convenience of a tea bag. I like this one!

                                                                  I have noticed recently that some of the online purveyors are beginning to offer their high quality loose leaf in a tea bag; this applies to both Chinese green tea purveyors and those selling Japanese teas.

                                                                  1. re: liu

                                                                    Hi liu! =)

                                                                    Yes, this one is much, much better than the Maeda-en sencha (100 count bag) that I was drinking years ago (upthread). Last year, I finally followed a recommendation (downthread) for o-cha.com and purchased a Tsuen (Japan's oldest tea purveyor) green tea (also in bag), but I find that I actually prefer YMY's Special Occ Green Tea.

                                                                    1. re: OCAnn

                                                                      I think the "key" to these market shelf teas is their freshness, and that is why, generally, I prefer to order the "just picked" teas online. That said, be sure to look at the date on the box if you are purchasing from a market. My current box of Yamamotoyama's Special Occasion Green is 2011. Although I don't think these green Japanese teas hold their freshness for that long, I do watch the dates.

                                                                2. re: liu

                                                                  Good to know about the Yamamotoyama Special Occasion Green Tea. I will definitely give it a try and see how it compares to the Ohsawa brand organic green tea, which has become my everyday brand.

                                                                  Ohsawa tea can be bought at Erewhon on Beverly Blvd. (although that doesn't do you much good if you don't live in Los Angeles) or online at Goldmine Natural Foods. I also like the Ohsawa twig tea (kukicha), when I am in the mood for a roasted green tea.


                                                                  1. re: omotosando

                                                                    Hi, omotosando!
                                                                    On another tea-related post and long ago you recommended Ohsawa tea; I did chase to Erewhon to try it as I know you are serious about your tea. It is very good, but I haven't had it in quite some time.

                                                                    Since Ohsawa is your everyday tea, I will be very interested in your comparison after you try the Yamamotoyama green tea. Since it is a shelf tea, be sure to check the freshness date on the bottom of the box. Please post your opinion.

                                                              2. I tend to agree with the notion that you wont find anything good in the supermarket. I order from Upton Tea Imports a lot because everything they sell is available in a sample size. My vote for best green tea goes to O-Cha.com. I've tried several of theirs and wasn't disappointed.

                                                                1. as an earlier poster said, get loose leaf tea, and make bags yourself. If you have a Daiso near you, they sell the tea bags for $1.50 for 100 of them (it comes in 2 sizes, medium and large). Target also sells empty teabags...not sure the price.

                                                                  1. The Maeda-En Sencha teabags (e.g. Nijiya, some Chinese supermarkets in California) are very good if you are not a picky type.

                                                                    Otherwise the numerous Japanese and Chinese green teas by Lupicia (multiple locations in the USA and mail order) are quite excellent as well.

                                                                    1. http://www.worldpantry.com/cgi-bin/nc...

                                                                      The above received a rave from my elder Korean neighbor and her mother-in-law.


                                                                      The above I just came across this winter and have yet to open.


                                                                      The above is from Stater Brother Markets (In So. Cal., USA) - We only buy the "straight Green Tea" 20 bags per box, I think it is. Inexpensive and A-OK.

                                                                      The top 4' feet of my "basics" cabinet shelving is devoted to teas (and a bit of coffee-related items, but no coffee - kitchy things mostly for the coffee "corner" - most the shelf space is double-stacked plastic shoe boxes, the top ones over-flowing and lids removed and all: tea-tea-tea :-


                                                                      If you'd like, I could haul them out and give you quite the run-down. Let me know and I will.

                                                                      Once I received the rave on the vibrantly green over-packaged (IMHO) tea, I started seeking it out, blinded to all-else.
                                                                      The pendulum's back to normal since then, and my array's expressive of that.
                                                                      Personally, I find the taste of "properly prepared" pots of tea too "harsh" for my palate; I like tea that's been gently left to infuse some very warm water, or sat out in the sun for just enough time to see the goodness "snake" streaks of color through the water.
                                                                      Does that make me unworthy of further contemplation on the tea front? '-)

                                                                      My 12.5 year-old inquisitive daughter asked, just last week, "Why do some people enjoy a spot of milk in their tea, Mom", to which I had no substantive reply.
                                                                      Here, where she is the primary tea drinker, we like tea plain, or with organic "Florida Sugar".
                                                                      (We began the transition toward raw organic veganism July 2006 and "back-slide" here & there more & more often this winter, it seems.)
                                                                      I've a big green box of very special tea brought over from England for me, details upon request.
                                                                      I'd say I've amassed at least 50 types of teas (guessing), in an effort to have some variety for sick beds and room for exploration as the girls are growing up around here ~ and for my own inquisitive palate, too '-)
                                                                      I specifically recall purchasing a few in the "triangular/pyramidical-shaped "new-improved" shaped bags... Again, details, if desired.
                                                                      _All_ were purchased at local markets (Except the gift from England, presented with a story as to how sought-after it is there.).

                                                                      1. Although I don't appreciate ordinary green tea, Stash makes a Chai Green Tea which at least has some taste to it.

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                                                                        1. re: DonShirer

                                                                          When Chai was first plebian, I snagged a large cylinder of it from Costco. One try and "I don't yet the raves", neither did anyone else here.
                                                                          We FreeCycled the cylinder and haven't looked back.
                                                                          Are we "missing something"?
                                                                          We _Love_ to experiment with teas & honeys...(see above) '-)

                                                                          1. re: SusanaTheConqueress

                                                                            How can a beverage be lower or middle class? I assume you mean "get" not "yet" but by "here" are you talking about CH? What's "FreeCycled"? BTW, in trying to read your posts, what do the _ before and after a word or phrase mean? Thanks.

                                                                            1. re: c oliver

                                                                              LOL...that post slightly confused me too...but now I wonder if she meant "popular" instead of "plebian"?

                                                                              FWIW, I don't "yet" chai either. ;)

                                                                              1. re: OCAnn

                                                                                I'm a work in progress. '-)
                                                                                Hopes are high things will improve with time and that the learning curve won't be too very dreadfully steep.
                                                                                For example, I wrote of my intention to edit the "yet" to "get", but now see I may edit this post (to include this sentence), but may not edit the post containing "yet" instead of "get".

                                                                                1. re: SusanaTheConqueress

                                                                                  Most of us make typos at one time or another, myself included. ;)

                                                                                  As for the edits, I believe you have an hour from posting to make changes. After that, whatever you wrote sticks.

                                                                                  1. re: OCAnn

                                                                                    Thank you for that, OCAnn. You seem to be a warm and attentive person. As a relatively new participant here, I appreciate the head's up on edits. I'm thinking of typing in WORD, or Outlook, then pasting here, but geez - that's so not-spontaneous. Kind of dulls my edge, know what I mean? '-)

                                                                              2. re: c oliver

                                                                                CO, guess the _means_ the same as the *you* use and check the spelling of a lot. Ooooo! Bad.
                                                                                Chai is both the Chinese and Russian word for plain ol' tea ( but definitely NOT southern sweet tea), it is a rather plebeian drink there.

                                                                                The Plebs were the general body of Roman citizens (as distinguished from slaves) in Ancient Rome. They were distinct from the higher order of the patricians. A member of the plebs was known as a plebeian (Latin: plebeius). This term is used today to refer to one who is or appears to be of the middle or lower order; however, in Rome plebeians could become quite wealthy and influential.

                                                                                1. re: c oliver

                                                                                  Your first query is well addressed by Passadumkeg.
                                                                                  I appear unable to access the post to edit the "yet" to "get".
                                                                                  By "here" I am referring to "here in my physical realm".
                                                                                  "FreeCycled" means it was donated for free to another to reduce landfill consumption. SEE: http://www.FreeCycle.org for more - FreeCycling is a global activity. So is CheapCycling, (based upon the same premise).
                                                                                  The underscores preceding & following each word indicate emphasis.
                                                                                  Alternately, the asterik may be found to serve the same purpose in online type communications. It may help to note the underscore method serves to underline an entire word in some online programs, such as www.FaceBook.com, so it may be thought of as an underscored word.
                                                                                  Late last month, when I was still in my first week here, I was admonished for using too many all-caps words LIKE THIS. I edited that post and adopted these methods for more accurately transitioning my thoughts to the written page. I hope you find my text intelligable.

                                                                            2. Everyone has different taste buds, and green tea seems to be really subjective. I prefer the delicate flavour of Tazo China Green Tips and drink it every day. Recently a friend gave me some Shangri-La Jasmine Green Tea. It's nice on occasion, but not something I have on a daily basis.

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                                                                              1. re: decolady

                                                                                OMGosh! My first adored tea was Jasmine Tea! It's been too, too long! I'd actually forgotten about it until just now! I never even thought to explore Jasmine Green Tea! _Totally_ just rocketed to the top of my must-do list! Thanks for the excellent inspiration!
                                                                                I know what you mean about, "not on a daily basis"! My dad, bless his heart, has had the same cup of tea every morning for at least the last 50 years... every day... same thing... every day... Oh! For a click there he had warm lemon water instead - bladder + prostate cancer got to him, but he's long back to his routine - and better health '-)
                                                                                Variety! Diversity! Yes! So many teas, so little time - and $ in some cases - it can be _pricey_ to venture very far up the tea ladder's rungs!

                                                                              2. I'm sure the OP has long since found his preference, but I thought I'd put in two cents for a plain old supermarket brand I love and purchase regularly: Bigelow Jasmine Green Tea.

                                                                                I think Ito En teas are delicious also, but if you're looking for wide availability and don't have the time to pack your own teabags or use dedicated tea paraphernalia, I'd recommend this one. I tried a lot of gross-tasting others before I got to it.

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                                                                                1. re: bluela

                                                                                  I haven't tried the Bigelow, but your recommendation actually shows the flaw in the OP's original question.

                                                                                  Green tea is not fungible. Is he looking for a flavored tea like Jasmine, for a Japanese style tea or for a Chinese style like a Lung Ching?

                                                                                  I drink several cups of green tea every day and I almost never drink Jasmine because I don't really like it. Every once in a blue moon, I might drink a really top flight Jasmine, but I would never think of a Bigelow teabag of it as something desirable to drink.

                                                                                  So before the OP's question can be reliably answered, he really needs to specify by what he means by "green tea." Just my two cents.

                                                                                  1. re: omotosando

                                                                                    If you want something more expensive, I also like Harrisons & Crosfield. But s/he specifically asked for something generally available at a supermarket, so I offered a supermarket brand choice. Also, I have enough money that I don't need to only buy expensive things to show it off---if I like something, I don't care if it's inexpensive or expensive, I get it. You can love a bargain at any income. I would spend a lot on anything I really wanted, including tea, but I'm not going to pay more just to pay more if I can get something I like and doesn't cost much. Maybe you should try a Bigelow green jasmine before you say you would never think of it as something desirable to drink. I think the old "don't knock it till you've tried it" is a fair way to go about things.

                                                                                2. I'm pretty sure the green tea they serve in Pret a manger in the UK is provided by the Gourmet tea company, and it's the best I've ever had. This is based on the tea bags, I've never actually tried the GTC branded green tea

                                                                                  1. I snagged (3) boxes of green tea at Fresh & Easy this week, but didn't see Bigelow's Jasmine Green Tea there,,, It's still a must-do-soon! '-)
                                                                                    The ones for this week were the green boxes of "SALATA" with white letters.
                                                                                    We got an adorable glass barrel this week with white daisies on green stems and a bright yellow lid.
                                                                                    The plan was to make the Salata into sun tea, but when washing it out today it broke neatly at the midline...(((sigh)))

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                                                                                    1. re: SusanaTheConqueress

                                                                                      The best brand of Sencha (green tea) and Genmai cha (green tea with roasted rice) has got to be YAMAMA MASUDAEN CO. Nothing tastes more full bodied as this brand, but it does not come cheap. It comes in leaves and tea bags and even fancier tea bags in a little silken pouch, which makes 2 cups or more and is great for the teapot. I buy it here in Sydney, Australia.

                                                                                      1. re: auntiaudrey

                                                                                        Hi, just wondering where you get yamama tea in Sydney. Have been looking for it for ages.

                                                                                    2. The Green Teaist--is probably your answer. Specializes, exclusively, in pure green teas of Japan. Everything from Genmaicha to Sencha and Hojicha to GYOKURO (the most exquisite green tea). You can buy loose tea or tea bags. Two locations where they serve and sell green tea: Beverly Hills CA. (inside The Beverly Hilton) or Lake Forest, IL. You can also buy green tea from The Green Teaist website http://www.thegreenteaist.com/

                                                                                      Definitely the place to go if you are interested in or love green tea. Competitive prices and the best quality green tea.

                                                                                      1. Not sure about American green tea brands as I'm from UK. Recently started drinking Tava tea which is sold online at http://tavaslimmingtea.co.uk it's blend of Wuyi, sencha and Puerh. very pricey but tastes good :)

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                                                                                        1. re: gill

                                                                                          gill -- It sounds pretty good, but is there anything else in this mixture besides the pure teas? I am suspicious because this mixture is touted as a weight loss product.

                                                                                          1. re: liu

                                                                                            nope. at least I could not find any fillers in it.
                                                                                            yep, it's marketed as weight loss tea. I feared that it may have some thermogenic stimulants (that's how majority of weight loss products work) I only drink green tea for its health benefits; but won't complain if I lose 1-2 lbs in month by drinking T LOL :P

                                                                                            1. re: gill

                                                                                              Thanks for getting back, gill, with such encouraging information.

                                                                                          1. Ujinotsuyu - tastes wonderful :-)

                                                                                            1. Interesting radio discussion of green and black teas...hope my link works:


                                                                                              1. Just placed an order. Glad to have another place to order from, since I have been ordering my green tea from Mariage Freres in Paris, which seems ridiculous.

                                                                                                I liked that The Green Teasist only has Japanese green tea, since that is what I drink, as opposed to places that have mostly Chinese green tea, with one or two Japanese teas as an afterthought. They had a decent selection and I settled on the middle grade of Kyoto origin sencha since that was described as more bitter than the highest grade and I like my green tea bitter.

                                                                                                Will report back when I receive my order.