PERFECT SOUTH GREEN TEA

Green tea is a type of tea made from the leaves of the camellia sinensis plant (all tea is made from this plant). The difference in the type of tea (black, green, white, oolong etc.) comes down to how the leaves are processed after they’re harvested. To make green tea, the fermentation or oxidisation of the leaves is stopped right away and the leaves are then steamed, rolled and dried.  In contrast, black tea leaves are fully oxidised.

In our opinion, the best green tea is skilfully grown in a prime location and is harvested and crafted using time-honoured methods. The best green tea is also a matter of personal taste.

We cannot stand crappy, dull, sub-standard or old tea. We won’t drink it so why should you. We only supply the very best green tea we can find. We taste and select the best tea from the harvest and create blends that are unique to the Australian market. We also only offer tea from the last two harvests to ensure freshness and when we blend green tea we use high-quality and where possible, organic ingredients. Read about our Perfect South tea here.

Nope, we specialise in Australian green tea only. We have pure green teas containing just leaf, and also have green teas blended with other ingredients, such as roasted rice, matcha powder or organic herbs, flowers and fruits.

Our First Harvest teas are single origin, single variety and are harvested in the first flush of spring when the leaves are at their very best.  Estate teas can come from a single farm or a range of farms and are harvested in the second or third flush of the season.

No we don’t. Attempts to grow an organic green tea in Australia did not yield a product that was at the right standard to sell – for us anyway.

We source our tea from farms in the fertile alpine valleys region of Victoria’s High Country.

Harvest starts in October and continues flat out until around March, depending on how the crops are going. There are currently three harvests in the season.

The camellia sinensis plant is hardy and has few pests or diseases. A small amount of human intervention is needed to grow the crop, the rest is left to nature. In May the crop is sprayed minimally to protect it against botrytis (just like grape vines in vineyards). All trace of the spray is long gone when harvest begins, months later. Perfect South green tea is stringently tested (for over 300 chemicals) to ensure it’s clean and pure. Every batch of tea goes through a number of quality checks and product tests. There are no nasties in it.

Australian green tea is harvested by machine then steamed, rolled and dried. In some styles the tea has the additional step of being roasted.

It’s very good. Excellent, in fact.  Have a read of some of our product reviews from our customers to get their thoughts on it.

BREWING AND STORING GREEN TEA

The rough measure is two grams per person or per cup of water. In a 50 gram pack you’ll get about 25 cups and in a 100 gram pack you’ll get 40 to 50 cups, however this does depend on how much tea you like per serve.

Our brewing tips are here.  Be sure to follow the recommended time on the tea label.

Yes you can steep Perfect South green tea leaves two or three times, but this will vary depending on the type or blend of tea, so test it out.  If you are re-steeping / infusing the tea leaves, increase the temperature of the water to draw out additional flavour.

The water temperature should be between 60° – 80°, no higher.  Using a lower temperature is recommend for Shincha.

Good green tea should not taste bitter. If it does, it’s due to poor quality leaves or production, or the tea has been incorrectly brewed. Using boiling water to brew green tea will scald or burn the tea leaves resulting in a bitter taste. Everyone has a unique palate and will experience different things when tasting and smelling green tea and sometimes the astringency or tannins in green tea are mistaken for bitterness. We 100 per cent guarantee that our Australian green tea is not bitter.

Don’t brew the tea for longer to make it stronger. Just use more tea leaves and brew for the recommended time.

Store in a cool, dry, dark cupboard in a sealed or airtight container.

Tea doesn’t like light, heat or air. These things deteriorate the quality of the leaves.  You can keep green tea fresh by storing it in an airtight container in a dark, cool place.  Some people keep their tea in the fridge, which is fine as long as the container is always sealed tightly.  Tea tends to absorb flavours from things around it so you don’t want it taking on the taste of cheese or last night’s leftovers.

SELECTING THE BEST GREEN TEA FOR YOU

Start with the more mellow styles and work up. We’d recommend Genmaicha, Sencha or Kukicha.

It really depends on the style of green tea you like. We’d suggest trying something you’ve never tried before.

Dedicated coffee lovers tend to have taste buds accustomed to strong flavours so we’d suggest Shincha or Wattleseed Sencha.

GREEN TEA AND CAFFEINE

There is caffeine in green tea (in all tea, in fact). The amount varies depending on the style of tea and the processing method used.

Amounts vary wildly and there are lots of variables. Caffeine can range from 30mg to 100mg, depending on the type of tea and how long it was infused.  Caffeine in green tea is released to the body in a different way than coffee, so you won’t get a caffeine ‘hit’ or ‘jitters’ from tea. You can still get a little buzzed off tea if you drink a lot at once or brew it very strong.

Yes, First Harvest leaves are higher in caffeine. Leaves picked later in the harvest have less caffeine.  Genmaicha has less caffeine because it’s blended with roasted rice and contains less leaf per gram.  Houjicha is also lower in caffeine.

It’s said that much of the caffeine in green tea can be flushed out in the first infusion of the leaves, however this is debated. If you’re sensitive to caffeine in tea, try infusing the tea leaves in a pot of hot water but throw out this first pot of tea, then steep the leaves properly for the recommended time.  Or just pick a lower caffeine tea, such as Houjicha.

SHIPPING OR STOCKING GREEN TEA

We normally ship within two to four days once we’ve received payment.

Shipping charges start at $7.45 and vary depending on the amount of tea you order and where you’re located. We ship via Australia Post and tracking numbers are provided.

Yes we do via DHL International.  Prices vary depending on the amount of tea you order and where you’re located.  Tracking numbers are provided.