Decaffeinated Earl Grey Green Tea
Brew with water at 75 to 80 degrees and brew for 2 to 3 minutes, be careful not to over infuse
Nothing says a cold winter’s day more than snuggling up in your favourite blanket with a nice, warm, nourishing cup of Green Tea. Yet our Decaffeinated Earl Grey Green Tea can offer so much.
This Chinese Sencha green tea has undergone the CO2 decaffeination process, which is the safest and most efficient method of decaffeinating tea. This makes it a perfect choice for anyone who loves the taste of Green Tea or Earl Grey, for that matter, but wants to keep their caffeine intake down.
Earl Grey Teas are typically associated with Black Tea, yet here at The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company, we take pride in experimenting with flavours. The wonderful experience of any Earl Grey Tea comes from the addition of bergamot, a citrus fruit native to much of the Mediterranean, as well as some areas in Africa, Southeast Asia, and even southern France. Combined with Sencha Green Tea, this beverage boasts rich, citrusy flavours and aromas to be enjoyed no matter the season.
Green Tea is the oldest known beverage to use leaves from the Camellia sinensis plant. According to an age-old legend, Green Tea was discovered by the Chinese ruler, Sheng Nong, in 2737 BCE. The endearing tale follows the mythical leader, who one day, decided to rest underneath a tree while his servant boiled drinking water.
Sheng Nong had fallen asleep in the afternoon sun, and when he awoke, he found that leaves from the tree above had found their way into his drink. Intrigued, Sheng Nong tried the fascinating infusion, only to find it both delicious and invigorating.
And so tea was born, Sencha Green Tea, meanwhile, allegedly began in Japan, not China, and compared with conventional Green Tea, this particular brew is a relatively new invention! It is largely believed that Sencha Green Tea was created in 1738 by a Japanese tea farmer from Uji, near Kyoto.
Legend has it that the farmer, called Nagatani Soen, experimented with different tea production techniques, resulting in a tea very similar to modern-day Sencha. This story, however, has been subject to great debate, with many historians discrediting it; stating that Sencha Green Tea was, in fact, a product of China. Alas, perhaps we will never know.
Earl Grey, on the other hand, is a newer invention still! Again, like countless other tea types, Earl Grey Tea is steeped in mystery. However, also similar to these other varieties, there are a number of interesting stories associated with how it first came to be. Before it was famously named after the Earl, and later the Prime Minister of Great Britain, Charles Grey, this tea had been included with bergamot rind in an attempt to preserve it during long journeys out to sea.
Why, exactly, it came to be known as ‘Earl Grey’, in particular, remains uncertain. One story suggests that during a diplomatic trip to China, Lord Grey (or one of his men, depending on which variation of the tale you read) had saved a Chinese Mandarin’s son from drowning in a nearby river. Overwhelmed with gratitude, the Mandarin gifted the Earl with black tea leaves scented with bergamot.
The tea was then supposedly named in his honour. However, there is likely next-to no truth behind this story, accounting for the fact that Lord Grey apparently made no such trip to China in his entire life! All that is known is, during the 19th Century and beyond, Earl Grey Tea became the beverage of the English upper-class gentry. Today, however, it is simply a tea to be enjoyed no matter who you are.
The concept of a decaf tea begins with the discovery of caffeine by the German Scientist, Friedrich Ferdinand Runge, in 1819. Many different decaffeination methods have been adopted by the global tea industry over the course of many decades, but here at The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company, we only select decaf teas that have been produced in a safe environment.
For our Decaffeinated Earl Grey Green Tea, this process of decaffeination sees pressurised Carbon Dioxide used to extract the small caffeine molecules found in the tea leaves. Meanwhile, since the much-needed flavour molecules are far larger, they remain completely intact. The CO2 process is recognised as one of the most organic methods of decaffeination, compared with other methods that might use chemicals and solvents to extract the caffeine content.
The CO2 method is also known to extract the highest percentage of caffeine content, accounting for up to 98%. These elements - from the high-quality green tea leaves, the richly flavoured bergamot oil, and the subsequent decaffeination - combined make our Decaffeinated Earl Grey Green Tea a very sought-after beverage indeed. We likewise guarantee that all of our tea, tisane, or coffee products are packed to fresh here at our Pluckley-based factory, nestled away in the beautiful Kentish countryside.
Type of Tea: Loose Leaf Green Tea.
Brewing Instructions: Brew using freshly boiled water left to cool to temperatures between 80 and 90 degrees. Following this, infuse for 3 to 5 minutes.
How to Serve: Consider the addition of lemon with this brew. Alternatively, Decaffeinated Earl Grey Green Tea is best served as it is.
Tasting Notes: A potent, enticing, citrusy aroma wafts around the room before you even take your first sip. Embrace powerful fruity flavours underlined by the presence of delicious sencha green tea leaves.
Colour in Cup: Golden-green liquor, light in tone.
Health Benefits: While green teas that have undergone decaffeination tend not to be as abundant in antioxidants as conventional brews, this does not mean they are not beneficial. Even following the decaffeination process, this beverage contains a vital compound known as Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). This particularly special antioxidant has the ability to combat free radicals in the body. Regulating the body’s oxidation through the eradication of these free radicals can reduce the risks of complications such as heart disease. Meanwhile, this EGCG concentration can also boost the metabolism, enabling the body to burn fat quicker, and far more efficiently. Looking to lose some extra pounds this year? Look no further!
Health PointsAnti Oxidants
Caffeine LevelDecaff (none)
Time of DayLunchtime, Afternoon