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Sep 23, 2006 12:54 AM

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 >> 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:

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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 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 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 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.