entropyembrace wrote:Oolongs are oolongs they´re not green tea or black tea it´s a whole other category just as big. Wikipedia has a little flowchart that explains the differences in processing between different types of teas.
Wow that's an awesome flowchart. It makes it appear as if all tea leaves are pretty much the same....but in reality the tea leaves themselves are different too, right? And then the process also differentiates them further into green/white/black, etc.
So Matcha, in the end, can really be had just like a piece of food? You're saying that it doesn't have to be put in hot water to "release" all of it's good properties. In water or just plain dry, it gives you the same health benefits?
It seems that may not be the case since some are saying the longer you leave tea leaves it in hot water, the more caffeine you get.
Because if matcha can give you all of it's benefits just by eating it, then on days when i don't have time, I might just eat a nice full leaf!
So now I have been to some sites and they talk about how much sunlight the leaves got and what the elevation was and what not. I also read somewhere on this forum that the different shade/no shade and elevations actually change the leaves in ways to give different levels of theanine, etc. Is this something I should just do more independent research for? Or does anybody know what type of matcha would be the absolute best for health benefits? (not the absolute obviously we don't know, but pretty close)
What about brands? Best brands for matcha/sencha/ and oolong?