For this event, you want to stay sharp, so why not explore the world of green tea? And for those who think beer is a must for an occasion like this, there is a variety of Japanese brands to choose from. Ordinary tea, as most people know it, comes from the leaves of the camellia sinensis plant. There are three main types of tea: green tea, oolong tea, and black tea, categorized according to their oxidation levels (called the fermentation process). Green tea is steamed, baked, or pan heated to prevent oxidation and thus the leaves remain green. Unlike green tea, oolong tea is partially fermented, and black tea is fully fermented. Green tea is considered good for your health. This is mainly because of the antioxidant epigallocatechin-3 gallate (EGCG), which is preserved in green tea but lost when tea is fermented. Antioxidants are thought to counteract free radicals. When brewing your tea, the quality of the water will reflect on the quality of your tea. Use clear, fresh water without too many minerals. Bring your water to the boil and let it cool down before infusing the tea. The temperature varies depending on the kind of tea you’re using but the most common temperature is about 80° C and the infusion time is about 1-2 minutes. Measure about a teaspoon.