A novel approach to evaluate the commercial value of green tea products is explored in this paper. The green tea Quality Index Tool (QI-Tool) is based on high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), capable of identifying and understanding the constituents that are important to create superior consumer and commercially valuable green tea beverages in the Japanese-style. This tool will allow producers to better identify a product's potential value within the various levels of green tea retail quality structure. Via the quantification of theanine, caffeine and the catechins: epicatechin (EC), epicatechin gallate (ECG), epigallocatchin (EGC), epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) and gallocatechin gallate (GCG) within a green tea beverage, the QI-Tool provides categorisation of a product against the green tea market retail competitive set. This allows a better understanding of the product's potential commercial value, as well as a comparison to other products within that market category. The QI-Tool is an alternative and promising method for objectively evaluating commercial value of green tea products using HPLC analysis.
Keywords: Caffeine; Catechin; Green tea; Quality; Theanine; Value.