bonescwa wrote:Well how much money and product goes into producing a gram of fully processed theanine vs green tea. Maybe the theanine pills are artificially synthesized from things that are cheaper than green tea
That is a good point, it may be possible to make theanine.
If not, it seems like a situation where you could sell junk quality green tea to supplement makers for more than you could sell it for as a beverage.
Even without theanine, I've seen green extracts and supplements all over the place. Given what quality green tea goes for, I'm sure those products aren't made from imported gyokuro