Jasmine Tea, one of the most popularly consumed teas, is made by mixing green tea with freshly blossomed jasmine petals. Jasmine Green Tea has been enjoyed since antiquity and those currently involved in the making of this wonderful beverage have changed their means of concocting it but little. We are delighted to share with you the best practices for making a proper cup of this liquid gold, discuss What is Jasmine Tea, Jasmine Tea Caffeine compared to other beverages, and how to make the Best Jasmine Tea.
This is my absolute favorite tea. I drink it hot, cold, sometimes I’ll even fill a glass with mostly water and just flavor it with a splash of tea. While I’ve tried many green teas there’s one that really stands out, the full leaf Jasmine Green Tea made by Paromi. It comes in a really nice container which, when opened, omits a wonderful jasmine scent. The flavors suggest no short cuts were taken in producing this wonderful tea. There’s no bite that often accompanies a bitter green tea, yet the flavors are not dull in the least; the perfect balance between bold and smooth.
What is Jasmine Tea?
While the origins of this tea date back far enough to be shadowed in obscurity, it’s commonly thought to have derived it’s beginnings in the Middle East. Some ancient Chinese records also make mention of Jasmine Tea which indicates that this leafy treasure didn’t stay tucked away in Persia for too long. In our day, this tea is enjoyed the world around because it’s now cultivated in the temperate climates of Portugal, Italy, France, and Florida.
This tea is perfumed by jasmine flowers which commit their scent to the air when in blossom during the summer.
The makers of Jasmine Tea are highly skilled at their craft and fastidiousness is considered industry standard. Let’s look at just a few of the details that comprise the making of this wonderful tea.
Jasmine Tea Ingredients
- Jasmine tea
How to Brew a Cup of Tea
- Kettle. For a single serving, add 1 cup of water to a kettle and bring to a boil.
- Tea pot. Place either loose leaf tea or sachet into a teapot, add hot water.
- Steep. Let tea sit in covered teapot for 3 minutes.
- Strain. Remove loose leaves with a strainer or pluck out the sachet and serve immediately.
- Don’t steep tea in either boiling water or for longer than 3 minutes as it will produce bitter tea.
- Add some ice to make iced tea!
How is Jasmine Green Tea Made?
Tea leaves are first picked during the spring which is when they are freshest. They are then dried and kept in a cool storage facility until summer when jasmine begins to blossom. Jasmine flowers are then plucked and mixed in with the tea leaves inside temperature controlled rooms. Because tea leaves are naturally absorbent they become easily permeated by the fragrance of the jasmine blossoms. The mixture of tea and jasmine is then dried to remove all moisture. Sometimes the jasmine blossoms are left in the final distributed product but this would only be for aesthetic beautification as they no longer lend any flavor or fragrance once they are dried.
Loose Leaf, Sachet, or Tea Bag?
If you’re someone who takes tea seriously you already know the answer to this question; for optimal flavor, loose leaf is the way to go. That’s because loose leaf often infers full leaves which are whole and contain more essential oils. Whereas tea bags often contain broken bits of leaves and even twigs which can sometimes resemble the rich flavors of full leaves but little. Additionally, tea bags often constrict the leaves inside thereby inhibiting full release of oils and flavors. However, if you care little about being a purist yet enjoy a good cup of tea, there’s a middle road. Sachets often contain full leaves and the bag which contains the leaves is much roomier thereby allowing the leaves to spread out in the hot water and release their glory.
Jasmine Tea Caffeine Compared to Coffee Caffeine
Jasmine Tea Caffeine is less potent than that of coffee. An 8 ounce cup of coffee contains 96 milligrams of coffee whereas green tea contains 29 milligrams for the same size cup. However, not to worry because you can safely consume 400 milligrams of caffeine per day. That’s a lot of cups of green tea! (1)
Is Green Tea or Coffee Better for You?
Both green tea and coffee share similar health benefits. Both beverages are a potent source of antioxidants which combat oxidative stress, a process which accelerates aging and can sometimes be responsible for disease. The caffeine contained in both beverages is also believed to promote weight loss. However, there are a few health benefits that are specific to green tea. Green tea contains L-theanine, an amino acid which is believed to produce a feeling of both calmness and alertness. Because green tea also contains less caffeine than coffee, it’s also a better option for individuals who struggle with sleep disorders. Consider your health goals when choosing between the two and this will inform good decisions! (2)(3)
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- 1 cup water
- 1 1/2 teaspoons jasmine tea
- Using good quality water, fill a tea kettle and bring the water to a boil.
- Place either loose leaf tea or a sachet into a teapot and add hot water.
- Steep for 3 minutes with the teapot covered.
- Strain out the jasmine leaves and pour the tea into a cup.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 0Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 9mgCarbohydrates: 0gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 0g
The Vegan Plate attempts to provide accurate information. However, this nutritional information is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. The nutritional information provided comes from online sources and calculations.