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Organic Hawaii Sweet Roast Green Tea

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$100.95

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This very rare USA-grown organic certified green tea brings the Hawaiian Farmer’s Market right to your doorstep! Cultivated on the misty slopes of the tallest mountain in the Pacific Ocean, this tea is harvested and manufactured in micro-lots on the Mauna Kea Tea Farm in Hawaii. Its namesake, Mauna Kea (pronounced “MOUN-na KAY-a”), means “white mountain” and provides a rich base of volcanic soil for this small, family-owned tea farm tucked away at 2,000 ft above sea level on the Hamakua Coast of the Big Island.

Selectively harvested, processed, and roasted to accentuate its naturally sweet character, the Organic Sweet Roast Green Tea has large, flat, broken leaves. Easy to prepare and easy to drink, the Sweet Roast is a popular drink in Hawaiian Farmer’s Markets and is delicious hot or iced. The flavor of this organic tea is most significantly affected by the roast. As the last step in the production process, the roasting occurs after the leaf is already dried and serves to highlight the leaf’s sweetness as well as reduce the astringency and add a slight roasted quality that hints at grilled sweet corn. The wet leaves smell of sweet hay and create a brothy, vegetal cup that has a bright note felt at the back of the throat.

The Organic certified Mauna Kea Tea Farm uses Masanobu Fukuoka Natural Farming. With a belief that the farm is ultimately a self-sustaining ecosystem, Mauna Kea employs a completely natural approach to farming using only weeds, cover crops, and mulch to increase fertility.


Organic Hawaii Sweet Roast Green Tea

Ingredients: organic USA green tea



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Serving Size: one rounded teaspoon (1.25) per 8 oz cup of water




Staff Perspectives

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Aubrey Says: I became quite smitten with Mauna Kea when I found out that, like Arbor Teas, the business is owned by a husband and wife duo (Kimberly and Takahiro) with two children the same age as our own!





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Jeremy Says: This Sweet Roast is a more affordable option (compared to the Organic Hawaii Premium Green Tea) for those searching for a rare USA grown organic certified tea.





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  1. Sweet :)

    Posted by Rajan on 21st Mar 2014

    This is a gentle tea with the sweetest notes in a green that I have savored to date. Quite, quite blissful.



  2. Great american grown tea

    Posted by lindsey on 29th Sep 2013

    I just popped open my sample of this tea and brewed a pot. This tea being labeled as a sweet roast is accurate. I brewed it to the directions and there is little astringency with a sweet sort of flavor profile. The tea is quite delicious. I'll probably brew it just a tad stronger next time purely because i love strong teas. I will be buying this tea again!









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We at Arbor Teas firmly believe that tea should be brewed to suit your personal taste. With that being said, here are some recommendations to get you started, but please remember you can make adjustments based on your own personal taste.

There are three main considerations when brewing tea: quantity of tea, water temperature and steeping time.

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Quantity of tea: one rounded teaspoon (1.25) per 8 oz cup of water




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Water temperature: use water that has been heated until bubbles begin to form on the bottom of the pot (180° F)




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Steeping time: 2-3 minutes




Tip #1: Use fresh water whenever possible - water that has been sitting in your kettle overnight may impart a flat or stale taste to your tea. Be careful not to boil your water for too long. Over boiled water can sometimes impart an unwanted taste.

Tip #2: Keep in mind that brewing your tea for too long can extract undesirable bitterness from the leaves, so steeping time matters! For a stronger brew, don’t steep longer, just use more tea.

Learn more from our step-by-step guides on how to brew loose leaf tea, how to make iced tea, and how to make tea lattes. And don’t forget to check out our Eco-Brewing Tips, too!


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There are five significant components found in all tea from the plant camellia sinensis: essential oils, which are the source of tea’s delicious flavor and aroma; polyphenols, which are antioxidants that provide the tea’s brisk flavor and many of its health benefits; phytonutrients, which are small amounts of vitamins, minerals, and amino acids including L-theanine (a very rare molecule that has been found in only three sources including camellia sinensis!) ; enzymes; and methylxanthines, which are a family of alkaloids that include caffeine. Each of these components work differently in the human body and a full description is best left to a medical journal. However, recent research exploring the potential health attributes of tea is leading many scientists to agree that tea, may contribute positively to a healthy lifestyle.

Some research comparing different types of tea has shown that the manufacturing process does affect the level of antioxidants present in the final tea leaf. According to a 2006 review of the beneficial effects of green tea in the Journal of American College of Nutrition, when comparing dry leaves, unoxidized green tea retains more antioxidants than black, oolong, or pu-erh. The catechin (or antioxidant) that displays the greatest increase in green tea when compared to the black, oolong and pu-erh is EGCG (epigallocatechin-3-gallate). (Reference: "Beneficial Effects of Green Tea - A Review" Journal of the American College of Nutrition, Vol 25, No 2 (2006))

For a more in-depth discussion of Tea and Health Benefits check here.

For a more in-depth discussion of Tea and Caffeine check here.