Best Brand Green Tea

Over the past years green tea has exploded into one of the most popular hot drinks all over the world due its health benefits.

What is green tea?

Green tea originated in China and made from young leaves of Camellia Sinensis plant, the same plant that black tea comes from. However it is produced in a slightly different way than black tea. Green tea is one of the least oxidised teas. The leaves are not given as much time to oxidise as with black tea.

History of Green Tea

Have you ever wondered how green tea was discovered? one of the most popular stories is that it was discovered by the Chinese Emperor Shennong who mistakenly drank hot water that had a dead leaf in it. For that reason green tea was linked to the high class Chinese society and was made expensive and unaffordable.

From the 3rd century to the 6th century the popularity of drinking tea soared and tea slowly changed from a luxury item into a drink commonly consumed by the public. This was due to the fact that simple basic drying processes were introduced that increased its availability. It was first introduced to the western world  in the 16th century.

Although it is now produced in many Asian countries, China still produces and exports the most green tea in the world.

Green tea and weight loss

This tea has become popular as it helps lose weight. It is believed that green tea can actually speed up metabolism and help burn calories faster. How?

  • It contains caffeine which is known to aid fat burning as well as improve exercise performance.
  • It contains antioxidants which can boost metabolism.
  • Green tea can help you lose harmful abdominal fat. Visceral fat is belly fat that builds up around the organs. This fat causes inflammation and insulin resistance and these are linked to diabetes and heart disease. Green tea gets rid of a significant percentage of visceral fat.
Choosing the best brand of green tea

There are so many brands and varieties of green tea on the market, that choosing  which one to buy can be a challenge. Which brand tastes the best is usually a matter of personal preference. You might have to try a few brands before finding the one that suites your taste buds.  Higher grades of green tea tend to be less bitter, but sweeter. There is no uniform grading system for green tea.

In terms of health, when choosing the best brand of green tea I would recommend you consider the following:

  • Antioxidant content– studies have shown that brewed green tea tends to have more antioxidant content than bottled tea. The processing method used to prepare bottled green tea lowers the amount of antioxidants.
  • Potential contamination with pesticide residues – to limit the intake of pesticide residue I would recommend buying organic green tea as opposed to conventional green tea.
  • Country of origin– Brewed organic tea from Japan and Sri Lanka are some of the best teas. A study showed that a lot of green tea brands contained heavy metal. Tea from china was high in aluminium and lead. It was moderate in Japan, however tea from Sri Lanka had the lowest contamination.
  • Caffeinated vs decaffeinated– research has shown that decaffeinated tea will lower the amount of antioxidants. The extra processing will reduce the amount of antioxidants in the tea.
My Top 2 brands of green tea
  1. Tea Lover’s Organic Ceremonial Matcha Tea

    Matcha is a tea that comes in a very fine green powder rather than a tea bag. There are clear, easy to follow instructions on how to make it on the tin. Not all matcha’s are the same. A high quality matcha will appear bright green in colour, just as the freshest and best green vegetables are usually a brighter green colour. Ceremonial matcha has a bright green colour and is generally the highest quality of matcha. Matcha tea contains the whole tea leaf therefore offers more antioxidants than green tea brews.

    Tea Lovers Organic Ceremonial Matcha tea comes in a tin and is grown in the finest fields of Japan. The leaves are harvested and dried and then grounded into a fine powder. It is 100% USDA Certified Organic Japanese matcha. It is richer than most Ceremonial matcha teas and has a complex flavour. There is approximately 30 servings per tea.

    However matcha is quite expensive and you do get what you pay for. If its very cheap, its probably not good quality matcha.

    You can buy this tea from My Matcha Life.

  2. Organic India Tulsi Green Tea

    A global leader in organic foods and health products. Promotes sustainable organic agriculture and protects the natural ecosystem. Tulsi has been used in India for over 5,000 years as a healing spice for the body, mind, and spirit. It is associated with a remarkable heritage of restorative powers and stress-relieving properties. Organic India’s Tulsi -Holy Basil Formula and certified organic Tulsi Teas includes three varieties of Tulsi leaves: Rama, Vana, and Krishna. Each variety perfectly has a slightly different look, taste, and smell and when combined, create a perfectly balanced herbal infusion with an array of health benefits.

    Organic India Tulsi Tea is USDA Certified Organic, Non -GMO Project Verified, Kosher and Halal certified, gluten-free, and vegan. It is reffered by many terms such as ‘slimming tea’ and ‘stress relieving tea.

    You can buy this on Amazon.


  1. I’ve always heard that green tea from China was not a good choice due to its high concentration of toxic metals. This article confirms it!

    My wife and I enjoy green tea on a daily basis and most of what we consume comes from Japan, even though we have never tried Tea Lover’s Organic Ceremonial Matcha Tea. I think it might be worth a trial.

    Also, I think we may try the Organic India Tulsi Tea, since it looks to be a safer choice…USDA Certified Organic, Non -GMO Project Verified, as well as gluten-free.

    Thanks, for helping me understand which green teas are best to buy and which are not so good to buy.


  2. Thank you for your interesting article on Green Tea. I drink it regularly and I did not realize that there was subject a difference in quality . I wonder where the green tea at Starbucks falls into comparison, I love to drink it there. I am going to try the one that you have suggested, and I will let you know how it was.
    Take Care,

    1. I’m not sure exactly where Starbucks green tea is grown, but I do know they source their teas from different parts of the world including China, Kenya and Sri Lanka.

  3. Thanks for this info! I LOVE green tea, I drink it every day and I never knew the different quality levels based on country of origin! Do you know if any brands of green tea grow their tea leaves in the U.S.? Also, I usually order tea when I go out for sushi or Thai food, would you guess that most restaurants are using a low quality and highly contaminated tea? Is it best to just avoid tea at restaurants and cafes unless they explicitly state and advertise good quality organic teas?

    1. Earl Grey Tea and Davidstea are both grown in the U.S. In terms of what quality restaurants serve depends entirely on the individual restaurant. So yes I would avoid drinking it if you don’t know where its coming from.

  4. Hi Siza!

    I found your articles very interesting, I didn’t know that I have to be careful of which green tea brand I choose due to the heavy metals some use, I used to drink a lot of green tea and I never took this into consideration, but I will now.
    Also, I found your article about the apple vinegar very useful, your explanation of its benefits it’s very clear and understandable, I think I’ll add it to my water now!
    Thank you!

  5. ​Hi Siza,
    Even though I am a heavy drinker of green tea since my childhood, your article nevertheless serves me as an eye-opener. In my home country Burma drinking green tea is so casual, its like part of our culture. I never realize people drinking green tea as a health supplement. Once I read an article that attributed Japan’s lower lung cancer rate in comparison to the US’s despite the similar statistic of smokers in the two countries, to extensive drinking habit of gree tea in Japan. Since then I consider drinking green tea to protect myself from lung cancer. I would love to read your opinion in this regard. Do enlighten me.

  6. Siza this article is great – thank you so much. I’ve recently discovered Green Tea and am now close to being addicted to it! I am not drinking it to lose weight, but more because I just feel better for drinking it rather than normal tea. I’ve tried the Tulsi Green Tea but not the Matcha Tea you mention so will definitely be giving this a try – thank you!

  7. I’ve been drinking green tea for some time now but I never really thought about where it comes from or the different brands that are available. And I love the fact that it can also help with weight loss. After I’ve had my baby 11 months ago, i struggled with losing my baby weight. So, it’s great to know that green tea, which I love to drink anyway, can help me with this. I may drink it even more now.

    1. Thanks Zuzana. I do think it does help with weight after you’ve had a baby as I have been drinking it too ever since I had my son.

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