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20 Types Of Green Tea Famous Around The World

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by Siadra

Updated January 17, 2021

Do you know how many types of green tea is produced all over the world?

Based on popularity and region, we can categorize green tea into 3 types: Chinese, Japanese, and Korean green tea.

All green tea comes from the same plant Camellia Sinensis and is harvested earlier than black tea.

We got 20 different kinds of green tea here for you!

But how are they different from each other?
If you are a real tea lover, you can find those subtle differences. The mode of harvesting, the nature of the processing, climate, and soil are important factors that play a role in creating those differences.


1. Biluochun (Pi Lo Chun)

Biluochun is one of the rarest chinese green tea and it has a unique aroma that local people call ‘scary fragrance.’

Taste profile:

Has a fruity taste and floral aroma as it’s grown among apricot and peach trees. Very delicate in appearance.

Health benefits and characteristics:

  • The tea leaves are like snail meat as it is rolled into a tight spiral.
  • Unique aromatic flavors provides super calming effects.

2. Chun Mee

Chun Mee is a popular tea both inside and outside of China and has a dusty appearance when brewed.

Taste profile:

Has a plum-like flavor, light tangy sweetness and astringent.

Health benefits and characteristics:

  • The tea leaves look like the eyebrows of a woman.
  • Rich in caffeine and vitamins as it’s non-fermented. Has all the benefits of a typical green tea.

3. Gunpowder Tea (Pearl tea)

Gunpowder is a worldwide popular tea and its name resembles the shape of the processed tea leaves.

Taste profile:

Lightly smoky flavor

Health benefits and characteristics:

  • The leaves of gunpowder tea are steamed and rolled into pellet-like shape.
  • The rolling retains more flavor and aroma of the tea.
  • Rich in antioxidants that can help prevent chronic diseases.

4. Huangshan Maofeng

Huangshan Maofeng is one of the most famous Chinese tea produced in Anhui province of China.

Taste profile:

The taste is very sweet and has a floral aroma. No astringent flavor.

Health benefits and characteristics:

  • The leaves are pointy resembling orchid buds or the peak of a mountain and covered in white fur.
  • Has antibacterial property and positive effects on the liver.

5. Longjing (Dragonwell)

Longjing is the most popular pan-fired Chinese green tea which is renowned for its high quality.

Taste profile:

The tea tastes very gentle and sweet. It has an astringent flavor as well.

Health benefits and characteristics:

  • It is roasted by pan-firing right after harvesting, so it has lots of catechins and antioxidants.
  • Rich in vitamin C and amino acids.

6. Lu’an Melon Seed

Lu’an Melon Seed is harvested later in the year and has a rich historical significance in Chinese culture.

Taste profile:

The taste is sweet and grassy. Has a pumpkin seed like nutty flavor.

Health benefits and characteristics:

  • Leaves are flat and oval resembling melon seeds and hence the name melon seed tea.
  • Has all the health benefits of a typical green tea.
  • You can also eat the tea leaves after infusion.

7. Taiping Houkui (Monkey tea)

The 2004 winner of ‘King of Tea’ award, Monkey tea is one of the most unique tea you will ever drink.

Taste profile:

Has an aromatic orchid fragrance with a mellow taste.

Health benefits and characteristics:

  • Monkey tea has the largest tea leaf among other green tea. One bud and two leaves remain together and are brewed in that way.
  • The tea infusion is also faster.
  • Has high amounts of amino acid.

8. Xinyang Maojian (Green tip)

Xinyang Maojian tea is a specialty of the Henan province and is believed to create a peaceful atmosphere when the aroma mixes with the surrounding air.

Taste profile:

Has a strong floral scent with long-lasting after taste.

Health benefits and characteristics:

  • The tea leaves are processed with one bud and one leaf together and have white hair covering.
  • Very refreshing.


9. Sencha (Steeped tea)

Sencha is a regular Japanese green tea accounting to 80% of all tea produced in Japan.

Taste profile:

Has a mellow taste when brewed in warm water and an astringent taste when brewed in hot water.

Health benefits and characteristics:

  • The tea plant grows in sunlight and undergoes steaming and rolling during the processing. Leaves have a needle-like shape.
  • The brewed tea is cloudy and light yellowish green in color.
  • This is one of the best types of green tea for weight loss.

10. Bancha

Bancha is an average quality green tea having a weaker flavor than other green teas.

Taste profile:

The smell of this tea is like organic straw and tastes bitter.

Health benefits and characteristics:

  • It’s the lowest grade green tea as it’s harvested after the first flush of leaves has been plucked for Sencha. So, that makes it more affordable among all other different kinds of green tea.
  • The tea contains high fluoride levels that can help prevent tooth decay.

11. Genmaicha (popcorn tea or brown rice tea)

For weight loss, Genmaicha tea is perfect. The unique flavor is as a result of the inclusion of rice in the tea.

Taste profile:

The starch from the rice adds a nutty flavor to the brew.

Health benefits and characteristics:

  • Sencha or sometimes Bancha is mixed with roasted puffed brown rice to make Genmaicha tea.
  • It can be consumed after eating fried foods to soothe the stomach.
  • Also good for cutting down calorie intake from other foods.

12. Gyokuro

Gyokuro is an exclusive Japanese green tea known for its rich color when brewed.

Taste profile:

Has a very sweet and light flavor due to cultivation in the shade.

Health benefits and characteristics:

  • The tea leaves are grown in the shade for 3 weeks before harvesting.
  • Due to the unique harvesting technique, it retains more caffeine that can help boost neural functions.
  • Suitable for maintaining healthy skin.

13. Hojicha

When you mix Sencha and Kukicha together, you get Hojicha tea. Its flavor is a lot different than other Japanese green tea.

Taste profile:

Has a caramel-like toasty flavor. The taste is less astringent than other typical Japanese green tea.

Health benefits and characteristics:

  • It often has a mixture of Sencha or Bancha along with twigs from kukicha tea.
  • The unusual taste comes as a result of roasting in porcelain pots.
  • It has a lower caffeine level that is suitable for individuals who have issues with caffeine.

14. Kukicha

Kukicha is a leafless tea with a unique flavor and aroma.

Taste profile:

It has a nutty and creamy sweet flavor with a fresh green aroma. The taste is something in between Gyokuro and Sencha tea.

Health benefits and characteristics:

  • Kukicha tea has a blend of stems, twigs, and stalks from Sencha or Matcha tea leaves. Hence, the flavor is the most unique among other different types of green tea.
  • You can use kukicha for 3-4 infusion.
  • It has low caffeine level and is often added in a macrobiotic diet.

15. Matcha

Matcha is a high intensity powdered green tea known for its health benefits.

Taste profile:

Matcha has a sweet vegetal taste with an astringent and aromatic flavor. The sweetness remains even after drinking. The intensity of the taste is comparable to dark chocolate.

Health benefits and characteristics:

  • Matcha is powdered green tea. It is harvested from plants kept in the shade 3-4 weeks before harvesting.
  • It’s rich in caffeine and theanine and hence can be very addictive and healthy at the same time.
  • Matcha is one of the healthiest green tea, though matcha consumption during pregnancy can cause issues.

16. Shincha

The first harvest before Sencha is known as Schincha.

Taste profile:

Shincha has a minimal astringent taste with sweetness and grassy flavor. The taste is similar to white tea.

Health benefits and characteristics:

  • Shincha is harvested from Sencha tea plants. The harvesting takes place before the first harvest of the Sencha when tea leaves are young.
  • It is rich in amino acid and is best for people who want to avoid the bitter taste of catechin and caffeine in green tea.
  • It has a high price tag and sold in limited amount during April-May.


17. Ujeon

Made from the youngest tea leaves, Ujeon has a delicate flavor.

Taste profile:

The taste is similar to Shincha tea with a grassy and sweet flavor.

Health benefits and characteristics:

  • It is harvested from the youngest tea leaves during the end of April.
  • The tea is mild and suitable for drinking throughout the day.

18. Sejak

Sejak is a famous Korean tea and popularly known as Jakseoul.

Taste profile:

Has a slightly floral flavor with a nutty aroma.

Health benefits and characteristics:

  • Sejak tea leaves are harvested from the second flush of the plant during the end of April to May season.
  • The tea leaves reach about the size of a sparrow’s tongue.
  • Has all the health benefits of a typical green tea.

19. Jungjak

Jungjak, also known as Semul-cha, is also a famous Korean tea.

Taste profile:

Has an invigorating taste with refreshing mellow aroma.

Health benefits and characteristics:

  • It is harvested from the third flush of tea plants during Early and mid-May.
  • The caffeine level can be high in this tea and hence best for relieving stress and anxiety.

20. Daejak

Daejak is harvested later in the year and is available in tea bags.

Taste profile:

It has the richest and strongest flavor among all Korean tea.

Health benefits and characteristics:

  • It is obtained from the fourth and final flush, and hence the tea leaves are fully matured.
  • It is rich in caffeine and makes a full flavored brew.

Best types of green tea to lose weight

Though all green tea types have some level of weight loss effect, these 3 types of green tea work best for weight loss:

  • Matcha
  • Sencha
  • Genmaicha

Final Thoughts

You can also add ginger to green tea. Ginger helps you to suppress hunger, and so you will consume fewer calories throughout the day.