What is GABA tea and why should you drink it in the autumn?

What is Gaba Tea?

GABA tea, renowned for its health benefits and distinctive production, is gaining popularity among tea enthusiasts in the Netherlands. We aim to spotlight this trend

GABA tea, short for Gamma-Aminobutyric Acid tea, is a type of specialty tea known for its potential health benefits and unique production process. Here's what you should know about GABA tea:

  1. GABA and Its Health Benefits:

GABA is a naturally occurring amino acid in the human brain and is known for its calming and anti-anxiety effects. GABA supplements (that were synthezised) are sometimes used for these purposes.

GABA tea is made by exposing fresh tea leaves to nitrogen during the oxidation process. This nitrogen exposure increases the GABA content in the tea leaves.

Some potential health benefits attributed to GABA tea include stress reduction, improved sleep, and anxiety relief. However, more research is needed to confirm these effects.

  1. Production Process:

GABA tea is primarily produced in Taiwan and Japan. We are offering Gaba teas from Thailand and Vietnam as well from Georgia! Most often Gaba tea is made from oolong tea leaves, although black and green GABA teas are also available. 

The tea leaves are typically harvested and processed in the summer. After picking, the leaves are subjected to nitrogen gas processing, known as anaerobic fermentation. This unique production method creates the high GABA content in the tea.

  1. Flavor Profile:


GABA tea is known for its unique flavor profile. It often has a mild, sweet, and fruity taste with a hint of honey and floral notes. Some describe it as having a smoother and less astringent taste compared to traditional teas.

  1. Caffeine Content:


GABA tea typically contains caffeine, but it's generally lower in caffeine compared to other tea types. This makes it a good option for those looking to reduce their caffeine intake but still enjoy tea.

  1. Varieties of GABA Tea:


There are several types of GABA tea, including GABA oolong, GABA black tea, and GABA green tea. Each has its unique characteristics and flavor profiles. You can try even GABA shu puer at our Tea club!

  1. Brewing GABA Tea:


To brew GABA tea, use water at a temperature of around 90-95°C and 5-6 g per 100 ml water if you brew tea in Gong Fu cha style. You can  steep the leaves in a traditional way (large pot) for 2-3 minutes for oolong and green GABA teas, or 3-5 minutes for GABA black tea.

Why should you drink more GABA tea in the autumn?

People are often drawn to GABA tea, particularly in the autumn, for a combination of reasons. 

  • First, the soothing and stress-relieving properties of GABA can be especially appealing as the seasons change and the days become cooler, making it an ideal choice for those seeking relaxation and comfort during this time. 

  • Additionally, the unique flavor profile of GABA tea, with its mild sweetness and fruity notes, pairs well with the autumn season, making it a delightful and flavorful choice for tea connoisseurs.


  • Finally, GABA tea's lower caffeine content provides an excellent option for those who prefer to reduce their caffeine intake while still enjoying the delightful ritual of tea in the crisp autumn air.

Discover our Gaba Teas with an additional 15% discount! This offer is valid until 26th October. Click here!

Written by Anna Leona