Organic Chun Mee Green Tea

Medium-bodied with a slight fruity tartness likened to plums, faintly smoky

fair trade certified certified organic
Organic Chun Mee Green Tea
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Organic Chun Mee Green Tea


This classic organic tea from China is carefully hand-rolled during manufacture to attain the delicate eye-brow shape that it is known for. For this reason, Chun Mee is also referred to as "Precious Eyebrows." This Fair Trade Certified organic loose leaf tea produces a medium-bodied golden infusion with a slight fruity tartness that some liken to plums. A very faint smokiness can also be detected from the vigorous rolling and firing process used on this organic green tea.

Ingredients: organic and Fair Trade Certified Chinese green tea

Origin: Dazhangshan Tea Garden, Jiangxi Province, China


Jiangxi Province, located in eastern China, is surrounded by mountains on three sides and sits comfortably in a subtropical climate, making it an excellent place for growing tea. Situated in Wuyuan county, the Da Zhang Shan Tea Garden maintains the region’s 1200-year reputation as the “golden triangle” of exceptional tea production. Certified organic in 1997, Da Zhang Shan was the first producer organization in China to gain Fair Trade certification in 2001. With over 5,400 member households, the Da Zhang Shan Tea Association has used their premiums to renovate 3 factories, establish a microcredit program, and build a school, among many other initiatives.

Steeping Instructions

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At Arbor Teas, we believe tea should be brewed to suit your personal taste. We’re happy to make recommendations to get you started, but don’t hesitate to experiment! When brewing your tea, your main considerations are tea quantity, water temperature, and steeping time. We recommend green and white teas to be steeped for 2 to 3 minutes in water heated to not-quite-boiling, just as bubbles begin to form on the bottom of the pan (approximately 170 to 180 degrees F). For the best flavor, use fresh water whenever possible. Try not to steep your tea longer than necessary, as you’ll extract undesirable bitterness from the leaves. If you want a stronger brew, don’t steep longer, just use more tea. And don’t forget to re-steep your tea leaves to get the most out of your leaf!

Looking for more info? Check out our How-To Guides and Eco-Brewing Tips!

Staff Perspectives

  • Jeremy

    "An excellent representation of artisanal Chinese tea-making."

  • Aubrey

    "I like that this tea has a bit more body than our Dragonwell green tea, while retaining some of the delicate qualities."

Health Benefits


Like all true tea, green tea offers many potential health benefits. Research has found that tea (Camellia sinensis) can have many positive effects on human health, including improved cardiovascular function, cancer risk reduction, improved immune function, improved oral health, and help with weight management. Tea is also full of polyphenols, which are a class of antioxidant that help your body maintain homeostasis and balance your stress levels.

Green tea specifically is known for its array of health benefits, which have been supported by a growing number of studies. Green tea research has demonstrated that it may be an effective anticancer agent for breast cancer, lung cancer, kidney cancer and prostate cancer, among others. Studies have shown a link between green tea and weight loss, and the ability to modulate energy metabolism, aid in body fat regulation, and possibly promote preferential loss in abdominal fat. Research has also shown that green tea may increase performance for short term memory tasks, as well as being increasing potency of antibiotics. Other peer-reviewed studies link green tea to healthy skin, help with lowering cholesterol, and regulating diabetes. It’s important to keep in mind that many of these studies monitor subjects who drink several cups of green tea per day.

For more information about the health benefits of green tea, and for direct sources of the above information, check out our Tea Health Benefits page!

Please note: the information above is for educational purposes only and has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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  • 2
    Really bitter

    Posted by Braden Grey on 22nd May 2022

    I am usually one to like bitter things but I always like my green teas to have minimal to no bitterness, I tried more tea less brew time and all sorts of ratios but it always tastes to bitter to me. My friends all agreed. I think black tea is great with some bitterness because of the bold flavors to back it up but a good green has flavors too delicate to for the same amount of bitterness. Wasn't horrible if you can look past the bitterness but not reccomended.

  • 3
    Okay, but not for me

    Posted by AZ on 21st Nov 2021

    This tea looks beautiful. The leaf is a gorgeous deep green and the style of curled leaves looks lovely. The flavor profile however lacks any real taste to the infusion aside from bitterness. I've played with steep times, water temp, leaf ratio, etc. and it's always slightly too bitter. It has a strong skunky astringent taste on the palate and it lingers afterward with no real tea taste to speak of. Unfortunately it's not for me.

  • 5
    My favorite base tea!

    Posted by Dedra Higgins on 30th Mar 2021

    I cold brew iced tea and this is my favorite "base" flavor as it is so versatile blended with other teas like Russian Caravan and Hibiscus. Absolutely love it!

  • 4

    Posted by Teri L on 7th Nov 2019

    I sampled other green teas trying to reduce my Chunmee dependence and ordered a smaller amount. Less than a month later I accept that I must order a pound.

  • 4

    Posted by Teri L on 6th Feb 2018

    I find this tea hard to resist. My routine is 2 tsp brewed 3 minutes in 7-8 oz water before the boil; the 2nd brew 10-20 minutes later is also a delight. Ahhhh.

  • 5
    My Favorite Everyday Green

    Posted by Dave V on 19th Jun 2017

    I really enjoy this tea best after a good long steep. It's good when hot, but also makes an excellent iced tea. Lemon is a nice addition, especially when iced. Will be ordering again for sure.

  • 3
    A prototypical Chinese green

    Posted by McKinley L. on 7th Sep 2016

    Nutty, a little earthy and woody, with some mild smoke in the back. I'm not usually one to add anything to my tea, but I could see this one taking well to some honey, milk, or lemon juice. As another reviewer said, it's not very forgiving with steep time, so be careful. It's plenty stout with only a short steep, but the bitterness really ramps up if you wait too long.

  • 5
    Very good, but finicky

    Posted by Steven on 22nd Apr 2016

    I want to start off by saying that this is a nice green. My only qualm (and it's not a big one) is that it's a little more sensitive to brewing for too long or at too high a heat. Some teas can be a bit more forgiving. Not this one.

  • 5
    Raise an Eyebrow (to your lips)

    Posted by Dave W. on 4th Sep 2015

    This green has a generous amount of flavor. The smokiness is what my tongue notices first. Behind the smokiness is a vegetal flavor that is balanced by a nice amount of astringency. If you don't like too much astringency don't over-steep this green. I guess I'm weird, because I usually let greens steep a long time to purposely bring out a heavy taste experience on the tongue, and I welcome astringency, but that's just me.

  • 3
    Every day drink

    Posted by Dossa on 9th Feb 2015

    I drink two cups of this in the morning as an "everyday tea"and find that one strainer with a tsp will, indeed, make two cups. This tea grows bitter FAST in the mug so I do not allow more than a minute steep time. For that second cup (w/ the same batch & strain) I allow a longer steep but the strength of these Precious Eyebrows is potent!

  • 3
    great value green

    Posted by mike on 26th Aug 2014

    This green tea is my go to tea at work. It has an interesting flavor profile and an enjoyable taste. I wouldn't recommend drinking this before bed as I had crazy dreams every time I did

  • 5
    perfect everyday tea

    Posted by Britni on 2nd Dec 2013

    Love this tea. Slightly bitter but perfect with a little lemon. Could become my staple green.

  • 5
    A wonderful everyday variety.

    Posted by Shane B. on 16th Jun 2013

    The Chun Mee option is an interesting tea that I enjoy brewed at a temperature between 150-160 F, at 1-1.5 Tbs for 90 to 120 seconds. As some have said before me, this tea is fairly easy to over-steep, so experimentation with temperatures between 140-175 F might help you discover your personal potency preference. This Chun Mee is an herbacious tea, having a distinct mineral flavor composition (somewhat salty) which is appealing just before the light characteristic bitterness, perhaps an acquired taste. The palate of the brewed water is of some similarity to white teas (Bai Mu Dan), while also possessing a hint of fragrance similar to Sencha greens and even more faintly... plums(?). The brewed liquid's color reminds me of bright yellow autumn leaves.

  • 5

    Posted by Unknown on 9th Mar 2013

    I love this tea, it has an amazing taste.

  • 3
    Pleasant Chun Mee

    Posted by Joseph Paulson on 7th Nov 2012

    The dry leaf is very attractive. Tightly rolled leaves almost irridescent green/blue. With an aroma that's just wonderful. Peach jam. This delightful aroma is lost in brewing and the liquor is very unattractive. Cloudy and bronze. But when you taste you'll know this is an above average Chun Mee. Surprisingly robust. I would say this tea could easily be blended with another strong flavor such as mint or ginger or rosemary and the result would be exceedingly pleasant. Words of Warning: Brewed at 180* for two minutes and it was skewing bitter. Perhaps a lower temp or shorter brewing time would yield a more nuanced cup. At the least, less astringent/tannic cup.

  • 5
    A personal favorite

    Posted by Graham Friday on 22nd May 2012

    This, along with dragonwell, is one of my favorite everyday green teas. It's delicious and also tastes different enough from dragonwell to justify having them both in my cupboard at the same time. I notice a very slight smoky taste in the tea, although much less so than with a tea such as gunpowder. Personally, I quite enjoy that nuanced flavor. A great green tea overall

  • 4
    Great Chinese Tea

    Posted by Bill Edwards on 30th Aug 2008

    This is one of my favorite Chinese teas. It is more flavorful than Dragonwell and less smoky than gunpowder. It can be enjoyed on its own and is great with a meal.

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