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In a couple of last issues, we looked at different elements in green tea such as Theanine and Catechins; as well as their effects. Another important element not to be forgotten is Caffeine. Caffeine is an energy booster that brings alertness. While caffeine is mostly known in coffee, tea does have caffeine too. The amount of caffeine extracted to a tea cup, though, is usually smaller than in a cup of coffee, and its effects are also slower and smoother due to the interaction with theanine.

Caffeine, however, is a controversial element, as some are constantly seeking it through the day, while others are trying to avoid it at all costs. Fortunately with green tea there are ways to match all the needs. Firstly, caffeine solubility depends on water temperature: it is extracted more at hot and boiling temperatures than at cool and warm temperatures. For example it is twice as soluble in water at 80°C than at 60°C.

Also, some teas naturally tend to have more caffeine than others. The level of caffeine tends to be higher in the buds and young leaves as well as in shaded tea leaves. So Matcha and Gyokuro are on the high end of caffeine. On the other hand, teas made from bigger more mature leaves such as Bancha, as well as from stems and twigs such as Kukicha will be much lighter in caffeine. An caffeine naturally evaporates form the tea leaves  at high temperature, so roasted tea - Hojicha is virtually caffeine free.

To compare the effects of caffeine try the teas of the month below.
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Tea of the Month
Samidori Matcha
Rich and smooth, Samidori has a subtle sweetness with undertones of banana and rosemary. Its forest green colour is accompanied by a delicate aroma of avocado. Made by grinding Tencha from the first harvest of the year, it is one of the highest grade Matchas best enjoyed on its own.
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Gokou Matcha
Rich and rounded, Gokou has light sweetness accompanied by notes of broccoli and peach. Its beautiful emerald-green color is supplemented by a lingering aroma of banana. Made by grinding tencha from the first harvest of the year, it is one of the creamiest matchas available and is best enjoyed on its own
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Kukicha Tsubame
Medium bodied with a mild aftertaste, Tsubame has a dark sweetness with notable flavors of licorice, bark, and molasses. Pale yellow in color, Tsubame has a leafy aroma with hints of caramel. Made from the stems of the Summer harvest Tencha leaves used to produce our kitchen grade Matcha, this tea is a bit hardier and more resilient than the other unroasted Kukichas.
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What's New? - Genmaicha Teabags

We like to take a moment and brew a soothing cup of tea, but sometimes time is short and instead of slow and relaxing we look for quick and refreshing. This month Obubu presents Genmaicha Teabags - popular comfort tea in a convenient form. Just soak a teabag in hot water for a minute and enjoy this lovely tea.
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Coming Up - Autumn Tea Picking and Rolling Event

Summer has rushed through and autumn is almost here. Before it brings the beautiful change of colours, Obubu invites tea friends to come and spend a day in a beautiful tea town. One last time this year - Tea Picking and Rolling Event on 22nd September is a great opportunity to pick tea leaves and follow their travel to a cup.
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Events of the Past Month - Wazuka's Summer Festival

Even if a small town, Wazuka holds many events and celebrations. On the 20th August the town had a summer festival with tea and local delicacies. With Matcha art, goldfish scooping and other activities, it was a wonderful event for families and friends. Obubu's intern team also participated and served anmitsu - a traditional Japanese sweet made of jelly, red beans and fruit - to the festival guests.
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