Based on the traditional Moroccan beverage, this Fair Trade Certified organic loose tea blend combines gunpowder green tea and organic spearmint. The dark golden infusion of this aromatic organic Chinese tea is alive with spearmint. The gunpowder lends a full body and light smoke. Traditionally served in a beautiful silver teapot, you can now create your own authentic Marrakesh beverage by adding a generous amount of sugar or honey to this organic green tea.
Ingredients: organic Chinese green tea and organic spearmint
Serving Size: one level teaspoon per 8 oz cup of water
Aubrey Says: This blend has stood the test of time for good reason! A favorite of mine as well as many of our customers.
Jeremy Says: People really go crazy for the combination of rich green tea and mint!
Posted by Ali on 24th Feb 2013
I fell in love with this style of tea while traveling in Morocco. Since returning, I bought many "Moroccan mint" blends and they weren't quite right. This one is perfect. I add a generous amount of sugar and am taken right back to my time in Morocco.
Posted by S. Nelson on 16th Jan 2013
Oh, this one. From the second I put the tea in my tea ball, I could smell a refreshing and sweet spearmint scent. The steam that rises from the mug is refreshing, and I have been known to sit and just breathe in the steam til the tea gets lukewarm.
If you're not a fan of spearmint, I wouldn't recommend this, as that flavor does come through, but I found it didn't manage to overpower the light green tea taste that's also a part of the tea. For me, a sprinkle of stevia makes this a perfect drink to get me through the work day.
Posted by C Jones on 1st Oct 2012
This tea is good. To me it has a hidden smokiness in the background. I am use to a more crisp green mint tea but find this very pleasing.
Posted by Deborah on 23rd May 2012
Have always enjoyed black mint tea iced; this year I decided to try green mint. The Organic Moroccan Mint Green is just wonderful iced. (Good hot too.) Very pleased with the flavor, even unsweetened. My teen son likes it as well. I know what we're drinking this summer.
Posted by K Gaffney on 5th Feb 2011
Definitely buy this one in bulk if you like spearmint. The green tea/spearmint blend is amazing. It's tasty to the palate and very soothing to the belly especially after dinner. I enjoy it with a bit of lemongrass blended in and generous amounts of honey.
Posted by Unknown on 28th Jun 2010
This is a great summer tea. I served it as iced tea with a sprig of fresh mint from my garden and everyone including guys who normally wouldn't touch green tea loved it. Very flavorful and perfect for a hot summer day.
Posted by Bill Edwards on 19th Nov 2007
This is my wife's favorite and everyone in the family loves it. We have tried many Moroccan Greens and this is the hands down winner. This is one we will keep in bulk. If you like mint buy the large size and live happily ever after!
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.
Quantity of tea: one level teaspoon per 8 oz cup of water
Water temperature: use water that has been heated until bubbles begin to form on the bottom of the pot (180° F)
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 How To 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!
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.
The original inspiration for this recipe came from Martha Stewart as a chamomile version of lemon meringue pie in a homey cornmeal crust. You could alter the recipe into a summery mojito rendition by subbing in lime for lemon and organic moroccan mint green tea for chamomile, all atop a buttery shortbread crust. Check here to view the full recipe for the Citrus and Tea Cream Pie!
As with many cultures across the globe, the consumption of tea holds great significance in Moroccan life. This is demonstrated in part by the highly ornate teapots (often engraved silver), trays, and crystal glasses used in its preparation and service. Traditionally, tea is prepared in a samovar which brews strong, highly concentrated tea. Usually a gunpowder variety of green tea is used. After brewing, the tea is heavily sweetened with sugar and flavored with a touch of mint. The teapot is held high in the air while pouring the tea into the small, delicate glasses. This showy feat is made possible by the long and slender curved spout on the Moroccan teapot (and a lot of practice!). Moroccan Mint Green Tea is an excellent accompaniment to their rich and flavorful cuisine.
For information on other traditions or to submit your own tea tradition visit our Tea Traditions section.