Green tea is a widely popular brewed beverage for its flavor profiles and health benefits. Green tea gets its name from the light, slightly green coloring it has after a fresh brew. Compared to other popular tea varieties, such as black tea, green tea undergoes a much shorter curing and oxidation process, so the leaves retain much of their original color. As such, the resulting flavor profile of many green teas is light with a slightly acidic or bitter flavor.
The drinking of green tea is a well-documented tradition dating back to the Tang Dynasty in China (600 - 900 AD) where one of the definitive books on green tea and cultivation was written. The health benefits of green tea have been documented as early as 1200 AD as well.