Two Leaves Tea Company Green Tea Organic Gen Mai Cha - 15 Tea Bags
Two Leaves Tea Company Green Tea Organic Gen Mai Cha comes in single wrapped mug-size sachets. Gen Mai Cha, or brown rice tea, is fresh green tea prepared with puffs of brown rice. Two Leaves starts with a great organic whole leaf sencha (sun-finished green tea) balanced by just enough organic roasted rice to give you that great toasty flavor. With a light level of caffeine, the top note is grassy, the middle note is smooth and nutty and a toasty finish. In Gen Mai Chai, the familiar vegetal taste of green tea combined with the toasty, nutty flavor of roasted brown rice. A unique cuppa' tea with a layered flavor.
Discover whole leaf tea that tastes as if it's been plucked and steeped direct from the gardens. Two Leaves' environmentally-friendly tea sachets are pyramid-shaped so that their organic, whole leaf teas can unfurl and release their full, complex flavor with every steep. Forget about the "dust tea" in traditional tea bags - experience whole leaf tea the way it's enjoyed in the gardens, but in a convenient, portable tea sachet.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why did they shorten their name from two leaves and a bud tea company™ to two leaves tea company™?
In a word, simplicity! They found their long name, while descriptive, was confusing to people - tea lovers and tea novices alike.
Why did Two Leaves packaging change?
Two Leaves packaging has changed to match their new (shorter) name and logo. The new packaging is also more eco-friendly; they have replaced the plastic over-wrap with a simple tear-strip at the top of the box. Plus, their eco-friendly sleeves inside the box that keep your tea fresh are now 18% smaller. Furthermore, they know you appreciate a good lookin' box of tea. But while their look is different, it's the same quality tea you have come to enjoy.
I bought two boxes of the same kind of tea and found that they taste slightly different. Why is that?
Two Leaves teas will occasionally vary in flavor for couple of reasons. First, tea is an agricultural crop that is affected from harvest to harvest by changes in weather conditions, including temperature and levels of precipitation (just like wine grapes!). Second, they source their whole leaf teas from single gardens, and on occasion, they are forced to find new gardens and new tea crops. Despite these variables, they always endeavor to source quality organic tea that tastes as much like the previous crop as possible.
Where is Two Leaves tea packed?
Two Leaves pack the majority of their tea in Asia because they can pack the tea much fresher there, as it is closer to the tea source. Most of their teas are grown in China and India - the world's premier tea growing regions. They have staff on site to inspect each shipment, everyday. They don't face the transit delays that most tea companies who pack in the U.S. do. Their tea goes from the garden to the store shelf in less than six months, which is about a year faster than most tea companies.
Their Organic Peppermint (which is grown in eastern Washington state) and Organic Chamomile are packed in British Columbia, Canada. Their Paisley Tea Co.™ teas are packed in Philadelphia, USA.
Are any of Two Leaves teas sourced in Japan?
No. At one point Two Leaves did source some green tea from Japan (long before the earthquake and resulting nuclear disaster). However, the Chinese started growing high-quality organic Japanese-style teas that rivaled the traditional Japanese teas. Now all of the green teas they use in their sachets are grown in China.
Does Two Leaves tea expire?
Two Leaves teas technically do not expire. However, they will taste their best if consumed within the first two years. All of their teas are stamped on the side or bottom of the product with a "best by" date. This "best by" date is determined by the date it is freshly packed.
Two Leaves sachet is derived from cornstarch; can I drink Two Leaves tea if I have a corn allergy?
The sachets no longer contain the properties that would affect people with those plant allergies because the chemical structure of the corn has been altered to have a plastic character.
Some of Two Leaves teas taste sweet. Does Two Leaves sweeten them/do they have calories?
Two Leaves do not put any sweeteners in their teas. They leave the sweetening up to the discretion of their customers. Brewed tea does not contain any calories, so you can sip carefree! In fact, while they're not scientists or nutritionists, they hear that green tea can even promote weight loss.
How much caffeine is in a cup of tea?
As reference, coffee contains around 120-200 mg of caffeine per cup. Black teas have approximately 50 mg of caffeine; green and white teas have around 30 mg of caffeine. Rooibos and herbal teas are all naturally caffeine free.
If there is caffeine in tea, won't I get dehydrated drinking it?
Caffeine in any beverage is a diuretic; diuretics dehydrate the body. Because herbal infusions do not have caffeine, they hydrate. Therefore, if you are drinking many cups of tea per day, it is better to make most of them herbal.
How much water should I use when brewing Two Leaves tea?
Two Leaves™ tea sachets are best prepared with 12 - 16 ounces (355-473ml) of water. Use a good-sized mug, not a little teacup!
How hot should the water be when brewing tea?
The proper temperature of the water depends on the type of tea. Black, red and herbal teas can handle water at a full boil of 212º F (100º C). In fact, black teas especially need very hot water to help draw out the complex flavors of the tea. Water for green and white teas should be at a light boil of 160-190º F (71-88º C). These teas can scald if the water is too hot. Fun fact: Two leaves™ headquarters is at an elevation of 6,611 ft (2,015 m) where water boils at around 200º F (93º C)! At what temperature does water boil where you live?
How much loose tea should I use?
Two Leaves recommend using 2 to 2.5 grams per 12 -16 oz when brewing their loose teas. That's the same amount of tea as is in their sachets, which are meant for a big mug. If you don't have a scale, you can use this basic guide: For black and green teas, use a slightly heaping teaspoon of loose tea. But for bulkier teas (like full-leaf white tea) and big leaf/flower herbals (like chamomile), use more like a heaping tablespoon.
Of course, it's all a matter of preference, so they encourage you to experiment when brewing your loose tea to find out how to best prepare the cuppa' to your liking.
Can I reuse a sachet?
Two Leaves certainly won't discourage you from reusing your sachets; in fact, they're all about experimenting with tea! You'll likely experience different flavors in the second steep that you might enjoy.
About Two Leaves Tea Company
Tea is more than just the leaves in the bag. It's the passion, care and effort that went into getting them there. Their experiences at the gardens have taught them one incredibly important thing - how to recognize and appreciate great organic whole leaf tea. Their commitment to "go there" means they're providing the customers with tea that tastes as if it has been plucked and steeped direct from the gardens. Two Leaves Tea Company was one of the pioneers of the pyramid shaped tea sachet that allows tea drinkers to experience whole leaf tea in the comfort of their own home. The sachet gives the whole tea leaves the ability to expand, yielding a rich, flavorful cuppa' that can't be paralleled.
Two Leaves is committed ...
- To Organic: It's not easy finding great organic tea. Many organic tea gardens of the world convert old tea bushes to organic tea production, instead of planting fresh tea bushes grown organically from scratch. At Two Leaves, they work tirelessly to provide great organic tea - they seek out the gardens committed to growing new organic tea bushes. It's not easy, but their goal is to provide organic tea that tastes like nothing you've ever had before. The result of the efforts are rich, complex black teas, like Assam or Earl Grey, that are certified organic with a taste you won't believe.
- To Small Farmers: Two Leaves journeys to the gardens show them time and time again that great growers deserve to be rewarded for great tea. As a result, they pay more for premium whole leaf teas, ensuring that more money makes it back to the source. Two Leaves is also one of the founding members of the TRUST Organic Small Farmers Initiative. When sourcing African Sunset rooibos tea, they found that the farmers didn't receive a fair share for their efforts - Two Leaves helped to spearhead the movement to form the TRUST initiative so they could reward South African farmers for their hard work in providing great tea. Two Leaves tea company is also a Fair Trade certified company.
- To Education: "Going There" is a learning experience. Their interactions with farmers, their endless cupping of tea, seeing and experiencing the actual region of origin all adds up to an incredible depth of knowledge that they are committed to sharing with employees and customers.
Who Two Leaves Is
They Go There
At Two Leaves Tea Company, they go to the tea gardens. Visit the rolling hills of Darjeeling, the tropical climate of Assam, and other gardens around the world and you'll find them tasting tea, interacting with farmers and experiencing whole leaf organic tea in its purest, native form. They feel it's their mission to bring the experience of the gardens back to their customers. From providing tea that tastes as if it's been plucked and steeped directly from the gardens, to education to help customers experience new teas and appreciate them for everything they have to offer, they invite customers to "go there" and experience every step of the way how deeply passionately they care about your cuppa' tea.
Founded in 2005, Two Leaves Tea Company began with a journey. Founder Richard Rosenfeld travelled the world on business, where meetings are synonymous with amazingly flavorful cups of tea. After returning to the States, Richard looked everywhere for a good cuppa tea... but had a hard time finding one.
Richard travelled to gardens in China, Sri Lanka and Japan to establish relationships with tea growers in order to bring premium, whole-leaf tea from the best harvests to tea drinkers around the world. Two Leaves Tea Company has been recognized for the passion, care and effort that goes into cupping their tea, with awards such as the Best New Tea award from 2005-2006 from the Specialty Coffee Association of the United States, and the People's Choice Award at the Great Canadian Tea Steep Off in 2006.