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China Green Chun Mee (Spring)

- green tea
Shangba

The classic, inexpensive and most produced green tea in China is also the most popular green tea in Europe, at least in terms of the amount of consumption. Until a few years ago, hardly any other teas were known in Europe. It was only with the increasing interest of European consumers in green tea that consumption and variety of types increased, and higher-quality green and white teas came to Europe.  

Grey-green, wiry, evenly rolled tea leaves.

The cup color is green to light yellow transparent. 

Tt taste is dry and fruity.

Mechanically picked and processed · Medium quality = Note 3 (satisfying).

China Green Chun Mee (Summer)

- green tea
Shangba

The summer picking material is less suitable for producing high-quality teas. However, much more tea can be harvested in summer because the leaves grow faster. During this time, in China predominantly Chun Mee is produced in different qualities. These teas are harvested in very large quantities by machine and are mainly exported. For green tea consumers in Europe, these are simple, inexpensive, tasty teas.

Grey-green short, wiry, unevenly rolled tea leaves.

The cup color is green, light yellow to yellow.

The taste is dry, fruity with a very light smoky note. 

Mechanically picked and processed · Simple quality = Note 4 (sufficient).

China Green Fannings

- green tea
Shangba

This green fannings tea is produced during the processing of green Chun Mee. Looking like finely chopped, this green tea is created by abrasion while rolling the Chun Mee tea leaves. Generally, during the production of green leaf tea about 15 to 20 percent fannings arise.

Because of its small leaf size this tea is suitable for filling teabags. The quality is different depending on the season of picking, just as with Chun Mee.

Very fine, very small tea leaves.

The cup color is light green to light yellow and transparent clear.

The taste is pleasant, dry and fruity.

Predominantly machine picked and machine processed · Medium quality = Note 3 (satisfying).

China Green Gunpowder

- green tea
Shangba

Gunpowder is sold in many different qualities in European retail. The tea got its name because of its spherical shape reminding of gunpowder. In China, these spherical teas are called Zhucha (pearl tea). They are partly low-grade and inexpensive teas. The tea is harvested in late spring and autumn. The 3 to 5 youngest green shoots are harvested by machine and processed as green tea. 

The inexpensive material is processed like the White Pearls Qucha by machine. The leaves are rolled under great pressure, giving the tea its spherical appearance. When compared to other Gunpowder qualities, this tea performs very well, because the climatic conditions in the Shangba tea farm are excellent. The location in high altitude with its lots of clouds creates a humid climate, which is particularly beneficial to the quality of these teas.

Heavily rolled, green, spherical tea leaves.

The cup color is light green to white and transparent clear.

The taste is pleasantly mild, fresh, fine bitterly and sweet.

Mechanically picked and processed · Medium quality = Note 3 (satisfying).

China Jasmine Tea

- Jasmine tea
Shangba

For this green Jasmine tea, the 4 to 5 youngest leaves of the tea plant are picked in the summer. The tea is processed into green tea and scented three times with jasmine flowers. 

Dark green leaves, lightly interspersed with white leaf buds (tips).

The cup color is greenish, light yellow and transparent.

The taste is mild, dry and floral.

Mechanically picked and processed · Medium quality = Note 3 (satisfying).

China Lung Ching

- green tea
Shangba

Dragon Well tea is offered in many different qualities at extremely varying prices. The name comes from the village of Lung Ching (modern transcription: Longjing) in the province of Zheijang, located near the city of Hangzhou.

Classic Lung Ching is traditionally produced there and can be sold at astronomical prices in China. Today, this type of tea is made in almost all provinces, but rarely reaches the quality of the traditional original. The harvest time of this simple tea from Guizhou is summer.

Grey-green typical flat-pressed Lung Ching leaf.

The cup color is bright, yellowish green and clear.

The taste is dry and fruity.

Mechanically picked and processed · Medium quality = Note 3 (satisfying).

China Sencha

- green tea
Shangba

Sen Cha means boiled green tea in Japanese. This is the common name for teas produced with fully automated manufacturing lines developed in Japan. After mechanical picking of the tea bushes, the tea leaves are slightly withered and then steamed with 110° C hot water vapour. The demand of the Japanese people for this tea is so great that the domestic tea production cannot meet the demand alone. Japan imports more tea than it exports. On behalf of Japanese tea importers, such fully automated Sencha production facilities are being installed in tea growing countries around the world, so that this tea can also be produced in other countries.

Flat-pressed, light to dark green tea leaves. The cup color is pale green to pale yellow and transparent clear. 

The cup tastes dry, slightly grassy with a light fruity note. 

Mechanically picked and processed · Medium quality = Note 3 (satisfying).