Drinking Longjing tea has been in practice for thousands of years, but it has only recently begun to spread to other parts of the world.
What is Longjing Tea?
Longjing tea is a variety of green tea that is commonly called ‘Dragon Well tea’ and is prepared by hand by heating in large pans or woks. This type of green tea is roasted soon after being picked, which stops the oxidation process, similar to most other green tea varieties. By stopping the oxidation process, this type of tea is able to retain a very high concentration of antioxidants, catechins, and other polyphenolic compounds. This highly sought-after tea has a surprisingly high level of caffeine, almost the same as a cup of coffee, but there are other active ingredients that can simultaneously soothe the body. This specialty tea has a mildly astringent taste, similar to other green teas, but it is light yellow in color, rather than the yellow-green color of most other similar teas.
Longjing Tea Varieties
There are various types of this tea, including Shi Feng Longjing tea, Mei Jia Wu Longjing tea, and xi hu Longjing tea, among others.
- Shi Feng – These leaves are yellowish-green and the tea has a very strong aroma and flavor.
- Mei Jia Wu – The unusual jade-green color of this tea makes it very recognizable.
- Xi Hu – This tea is known for its concentrated potency, and ability to be used repeatedly in different infusions.
Longjing Tea Benefits
The top benefits of this tea include its effect on the following:
- Weight management
- Cancer prevention
- Relief from symptoms of stress and anxiety
- Lower risk of heart ailments
With a high concentration of catechins and polyphenolic compounds, this tea can lower your risk of various cancers.
Stress and Anxiety
The theanine found in this specialty tea is a known sedative substance, helping to counter the stimulant effects of the caffeine in the tea.
This tea is known to lower blood pressure and help the body keep cholesterol levels under control, thus preventing atherosclerosis and lowering your risk of heart attack, stroke, and coronary heart disease.
How to Make Longjing Tea?
Making your own Longjing tea at home is simple, provided you have access to the leaves.
- Add 3 grams of dried Longjing tea into a teapot or infuser.
- Heat a saucepan of water to boil, then remove from heat and allow the water to cool for 3-4 minutes.
- Pour the warm water into the cup slowly, allowing the leaves to float on top.
- Let the tea steep for 2-3 minutes, then strain out the leaves and enjoy!
Longjing Tea Side Effects
There are very few side effects to this tea, but as with any beverage containing caffeine, there can be side effects related to gastrointestinal problems, such as diarrhea, constipation, and stomach upset. Furthermore, drinking an excessive amount of this tea can cause nervous system problems and sleeplessness.