I’ve been drinking this occasionally over the past few weeks but forgot to log it. I rather like it! It’s much milder than the powdered sencha. Sweeter, and hay-like. My boyfriend is a big fan of Den’s powdered sencha and stands by that, but I find this more pleasant to drink in the winter. It’s like gently flavoured water when I use it with more than the suggested amount of water, and even cold it’s warming somehow (I haven’t tried it hot yet). Plus, perfect format for work.
If you’ve read the Green Tea and Health section of our web site, you know that some of the healthy ingredients in green tea are antioxidants called catechins. There is one tea with a special catechin (Methyl Catechin) which has become renowned for its ability to fight the symptoms of hay fever. We are happy to announce that we now carry Benifuki tea, a powdered tea with this powerful catechin. Benifuki is a species of tea that was invented at the National Institute of Vegetable and Tea Science (NIVTS) in 1993. It was originally developed manufacturing black tea. The NIVTS conducted a study of teas from 1996 to 2000 to find if tea can help ease the symptoms of allergies. They found that if Benifuki was processed into green tea it was rich in Methylated Catechins and this ingredient was effective suppressing histamine, the cause of itchy eyes and a runny nose.
As mentioned, Benifuki was originally developed for black tea, but Methyl Catechin is generated in this species of tea only when it is processed into green tea. Also our Benifuki is made with pan parching method instead of the regular steaming process. This reduces the bitterness of the tea considerably. Further we made it into a powdered tea so that the ingredients are easily absorbed into human body. (Since you are consuming the leaf, we selected only chemical-free leaves.) You can have not only Methyl Catechin, but all the good ingredients instantly. Hay fever can ruin the wonderful season of spring for so many of our customers. We have been interested in introducing Benifuki in North America because of all the wonderful comments from our customers in Japan who suffer from hay fever. We hope you give it a try and enjoy being outdoors during the warmer months this year.
Preparation is easy. Pour one 0.4 gram bag into a 5oz of hot or cold water and mix well. Since it is individually packed, you can take it anywhere.