Organic Hawaii Sweet Roast Green Tea
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.
Ingredients: organic USA green tea
Origin: Mauna Kea, Hawaii, USA
Hawaii is perhaps best known for its production of foods like Kona coffee, macadamia nuts, and exotic fruits. But one of its largest commodity crops, sugar cane, left the island within the last few decades to be produced more cheaply elsewhere. As a result, the USDA stepped in about 15 years ago to encourage the development of replacement crops, including tea. The big island in particular has an ideal tea growing environment, possessing volcanic soil of the perfect acidity, plenty of moisture (at least on the east side), and mountainous terrain. 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.
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!
"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."
"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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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!