No.12 Organic Gunpowder

Gunpowder tea is one of the bolder tasting green teas & has herbal, light smoky accents.

The tea pickers choose larger & older tea leaves to create this tea creating a strong & robust flavour compared to other green teas.


  €0,15 cents per cup. Re-infuse tea leaves up to 3 times.

Organic Gunpowder Green Tea

€ 4,50

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Health Benefits

It is well-known that Green Tea is a great choice for supporting the
body's immune system & has anti-ageing properties but did you know
that Green tea is also a good choice for improving sports performance?


In recent studies it is said that it can help sporters with fat burning, improving endurance & speeding up recovery after sporting. 
Gunpowder green is higher in caffeine than most other green teas & naturally contains tannins. 


How We Like It

The pellets are tightly rolled tea leaves so to help loosen them up, we rinse them under the tap very briefly. 


With all green teas, water temperature & timing is crucial. We put a spoonful of cold water in the cup, then pour the freshly boiled water into the cup before placing the tea leaves in. This way we know that the boiled water has reduced in temperature so that the green tea doesn't get burnt & cause a bitter taste.


Then, when the timer goes off, we take the leaves out but we don't throw the tea leaves out straight away! We put them to the side ready to enjoy up to 4 more cups made later in the day.


Form: Classis China Tightly Rolled Pellets
Origin: China


Caffeine: Gunpowder green tea is higher in caffeine than most other green teas.

Tannins: Naturally contains tannins.


Brewing Advice

Take a scoop of pellets (around 5 pellets / 1.8g) per cup, first rinse with water. This helps the pellets unfurl whilst brewing & also removes a little of its bold flavour. Then brew the tea in cooled boiled water for 2-3 minutes. Highly recommended to re-infuse multiple times. 

The Story Behind the Name
Gunpowder Green Tea (originally called Pearl tea or zhu cha) gets its western name from the shape the tea leaves are rolled into. It is said that British sailors who were transporting the tea from China to the West believed the tea to look very much like their ammunitions gunpowder and because of the tea's often smokey taste accent. 


This tea is believed to be one of the first to have been rolled in the form of pellets/pearls to make it more viable for transport across China & eventually to the West. It protects the leaves from becoming broken & the reduces the surface area helping the tea to maintain its flavour & aroma for longer.


North African Culture
Gunpowder tea has an important place in North African culture where the tea is brewed with fresh mint tea leaves in a metal teapot & sugar is added.  After 15 minutes of brewing, the tea is then poured into decorated glasses from a great height which releases oxygen & creates a froth. This tea recipe is normally prepared by the head of the household & serving guests tea plays a very important role in social gatherings. If a guest declines, it is seen as an insult.