Chun Mei Green Tea (Zhen Mei)


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A great, refreshing tea to drink during the day after meals, Chun Mei has a rich earthy taste, but with a slight hint of bitterness that is great to help clean and freshen your palette, but with a lingering sweet plum-like aftertaste.

A delicious green “eyebrow” tea
  • Green Tea From Anhui province
  • Jade colored buds and leaves, with a small curved “eyebrow” shape
  • A yellow-green colored tea
  • An earthy, slightly bitter tea with a plum aftertaste
  • Low caffeine (less than 10% of a cup of coffee)

When your taste buds want a really refreshing tea, Chun Mei is a perfect choice, and is widely drunk in China during and after meals with strongly flavoured foods.  With a very consistent size and shape, PureTea's Chun Mee is a grade 1 Chun Mee that has been picked early in the year, before the rainy season sets in, to ensure it has the best taste and a smooth, sweet aftertaste this tea is famed for.

Recommend Brewing Guide:
Western Method Chinese Gongfu Way
Water : 17oz / 500ml 203℉ / 95℃ Water : 3oz / 85ml 203℉ / 95℃
Use 1 Tablespoon / 8 Grams Tea Use 5 Grams Tea
1 - 5 mins 7 steeps : rinse,15s,25s,35s,50s,80s,110s,140s
Teapot may be your choice Gaiwan may be your choice
Rinsing time is around 3 seconds

Chun Mei – sometimes called Zhen Mei – is the most popular type of “eyebrow tea” in China, so named because when dry it's narrow, curved shape looks like a fine, painted on eyebrow.  The traditional local drink of Anhui, it is also now widely grown in Zhejiang, Jiangxi provinces.

The production of this tea, especially high quality Chun Mei like PureTea's, is particularly laborious and time consuming, as each leaf must be carefully hand rolled at exactly the right temperature to ensure the uniformity in the size and shape of each leaf, that is needed to ensure the resulting tea delivers the exact combination of sweetness and astringency this tea is renowned for.

Brief Health Info

Chun Mee, like all green teas, has high levels of antioxidants that reportedly reduce the incidence of cancer, promote good skin tone and help reduce the affects of aging.  Also high in vitamin C, fluoride and calcium, they also promote healthy teeth and bones.

How to make Chun Mee

Chun Mei should brewed in water around 194 ºF (90 ºC) for less than 30 seconds.  A longer time will give the tea a bitter taste. It can be infused 7 or 8 times.

Where is our Chun Mei green tea produced

The source of tea is from the traditional birthplace of this tea, high in mountains of Anhui province. This amazingly beautiful area is a mix of high rugged mountains and dense forests, with the cool temperatures and perpetually misty conditions ideal for growing the delicate buds and leaves.

Map of Anhui province


Chun Mei traces its roots back to a traditional green tea produced in Anhui during Ming Dynasty in the 1600's, called Anhui green tea.  As the hand rolling and processing techniques of this tea evolved and improved, the highest quality versions of this tea were given a new name – Chun Mei – to distinguish them from the earlier, inferior, forms.  In the nineteenth and twentieth centuries Chun Mei became hugely popular in China, and to this day is the most commonly drunk green tea in the country.

Collections: Green Tea, Loose Leaf Teas, Teas

Category: Green Tea

Type: Green Tea

Vendor: PureTea

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