1. Higher in Catechins / EGCG
Typically, Japanese Green Tea uses steaming method and Chinese Green Tea uses panning, or roasting method to stop oxidation after tea leaves are harvested, and steaming method preserves more Catechins and EGCG in tea leaves.
Originally, roasting method was used in Japan since the method was introduced when green tea was brought from China. During the 18th century, a new process, steaming method, was invented in Uji, Kyoto Prefecture. This new method produced fresher, and more flavorful green tea, and it quickly dominated the market nationwide. The success of this new method also contributed to spreading the custom of green tea drinking throughout Japan.
2. Free from Lead, Cadmium, Arsenic, and Mercury
Soil is one of the main components that determines health of the tea leaf. Organically well-managed soil is soft and deep, and grows healthy tea leaves. Generally speaking, Chinese Green Tea is high in Lead content. Chinese Green Tea also contains Cadmium, Arsenic, Mercury. (Read our related article.) SEI MEE TEA's green tea is grown in Japan. We test our green tea and make sure our tea is free from Lead, Cadmium, Arsenic, and Mercury. All the green tea may look the same--but when you look at heavy metal, mineral, and nutrition contents in tea leaves, you can tell origin of the green tea leaves.** **source: World Green Tea Association Bulletin September, 2015.
Left: healthy leaf is filled with dense cells. Thick, darker color, more weight, high yield, strong immunity against pests and diseases, more tolerant against cold weather/drought, fragrant, richer flavor, longer shelf life, and more nutritious.
Right: leaf grown in poor soil offers insufficient cells. Thin, light, pale color, low yield, prone to diseases and pests, less tolerant against cold weather/drought, less fragrant, less aroma, flat taste, short shelf life, and less nutritious.
3. Reliable, Safe, Clean Products produced with professionalism
Expect always high quality from our products. We would like you to feel, see, and taste the outcome of our passion and dedication from the products we provide. Many of the Japanese green tea growers are well educated, and using scientific and academic resources, proudly making a constant effort to provide "better green tea" to the green tea market. The goal of our Japanese green tea growers is to provide "Outstanding Trade" so we earn trust from our customers.
Disclaimer: The above statement has not been evaluated by FDA. It is not intended to diagnose, prevent, treat, and cure any diseases