Title:
Beverage Packed in Sealed Container
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
An object of the present invention is to provide a beverage packed in a sealed container, which can suppress occurrence of precipitation for a long period and retain high flavor. The above-described problem can be overcome by containing (1) theanine ranging from 100 mg to 1000 mg and (2) quinic acid ranging from 30 mg to 300 mg per 500 ml beverage.



Inventors:
Matsumoto, Masaki (Mie-prefecture, JP)
Okubo, Tsutomu (Mie-prefecture, JP)
Application Number:
11/575369
Publication Date:
10/04/2007
Filing Date:
09/16/2005
Primary Class:
Other Classes:
426/590
International Classes:
A23F3/00; A23L2/38
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Primary Examiner:
ANDERSON, JERRY W
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
BURR & BROWN, PLLC (FAYETTEVILLE, NY, US)
Claims:
1. A beverage put in a sealed container, characterized in that the beverage contains: (1) theanine ranging from 100 mg to 1000 mg; and (2) quinic acid ranging from 30 mg to 300 mg per 500 ml beverage.

2. The beverage according to claim 1, characterized in that the beverage is a tea beverage.

3. The beverage according to claim 1, characterized in that the beverage contains tea extract powder or tea extract.

4. The beverage according to claim 2, characterized in that the beverage contains tea extract powder or tea extract.

Description:

TECHNICAL FIELD

The present invention relates to a beverage packed in a sealed container and containing theanine and quinic acid.

BACKGROUND ART

Theanine is known as a principal component of deliciousness of green tea and is an important substance as a flavor component of food such as tea. It is pointed out that γ-glutamyl derivative containing theanine acts as a biologically active substance in animals and plants. Particularly for human, it is known that theanine has effects of suppressing and ameliorating various symptoms accompanying diminished homeostasis such as sensitivity to cold, menopausal symptoms, sleep disorder, autonomic imbalance symptoms, etc. (Patent document 1).

An extremely large amount of tea needs to be taken when theanine is taken only from conventional green tea in order that the above-mentioned physiological effect may be developed. Accordingly, a technique for dispensing high-concentration theanine in beverage has been desired in order that a large amount of theanine may be taken more easily.

On the other hand, when tea beverage is sealed in a container, there is a problem that a macromolecular component such as pectin, hemicellulose or the like separates out as precipitation during long term preservation. Some methods have been reported to solve the problem (Patent documents 2 and 3, for example).

Patent document 2 discloses a technique for filtering green tea extract by an ultrafilter membrane to eliminate a macromolecular component. Although this technique can achieve the prevention of precipitation, flavorful components of tea adsorb to a filter medium. As a result, there is a disadvantage that a flavor particular to tea is diminished.

Furthermore, patent document 3 discloses a technique for preparing green tea in an acid range and thereafter quenching the green tea so that turbidity is enhanced. The turbidity is eliminated by centrifugation, and a supernatant solution is added with diatom earth and is filtrated. Thereafter, pH is re-prepared into a neutral range. Filtration of diatom earth also removes flavor component of tea in this technique.

  • Patent document 1: JP-A-2000-247878
  • Patent document 2: JP-A-H04-45744
  • Patent document 3: JP-A-H04-311348

DISCLOSURE OF THE INVENTION

Problem to be Solved by the Invention

The present invention was made in view of the foregoing problem and an object thereof is to provide a beverage packed in a sealed container, which can suppress occurrence of precipitation, retain high-level flavor and contain high-density theanine for a long period.

Means for Solving the Problem

The inventors found that a beverage could be preserved stably for a long period by blending theanine and quinic acid at a predetermined ratio and achieved the present invention.

Thus, a beverage contained in a sealed container in accordance with the first invention for overcoming the above-mentioned problem is characterized in that the beverage per 500 ml contains (1) theanine ranging from 100 mg to 1000 mg and (2) quinic acid ranging from 30 mg to 300 mg.

In the above invention, it is preferable that the beverage is a tea beverage. It is further preferable that tea extract powder and tea extract are added to the beverage.

Effect of the Invention

According to the present invention, the beverage contained in the sealed container can suppress occurrence of precipitation for a long period and retain high-level flavor. Furthermore, since the beverage contains high-concentration theanine, the advantage that theanine offers a physiological effect can be expected.

BEST MODE FOR CARRYING OUT THE INVENTION

An embodiment of the present invention will be described in detail. However, the technical scope of the invention should not be limited by the following description of the embodiment, and the invention can be practiced in various modified forms. Furthermore, it is noted that the technical scope of the invention should encompass the scope of equivalence.

Theanine used in the invention is a glutamic acid derivative contained in tea leaves and a principal component of deliciousness of tea. Theanine is used as a food additive for use as taste component. Theanine is called γ-glutamilethylamide or L-glutamic acid-γ-ethylamide and used as a food additive for seasoning.

In an acute toxicity test with use of mice, no mice died and abnormality was found in an ordinary state, weight and the like even in the case of oral administration of theanine by 2 g/kg. Thus, theanine is an exceedingly safe substance.

A method of producing theanine used in the present invention includes, for example, an organic synthesis (Chem. Pharm. Bull. 19 (7) 1301-1307 (1971)), an enzyme method (JP-A-H05-68578, JP-A-H05-328986) or a modified procedure in which an ethylamine derivative such as ethylamine hydrochloride is used as ethylamine, a method in which pyroglutamic acid is caused to react with ethylamine hydrochloride (JP-A-H09-263573), plant cell culture method (JP-A-H05-123166), a method of extracting theanine from tea leaves, etc. Of these methods, it is preferable that theanine is produced by the extract or enzyme method from each of which a large amount of theanine can be obtained at low costs although the theanine producing method is particularly not limited to these methods. The tea leaves include various types of tea having their roots in tea (Camellia sinensis) such as green tea, oolong tea, black tea.

Theanine has two optical isomers, L-type and D-type. Of these two isomers, any one of I,-theanine, D-theanine, and DL-theanine is usable. In particular, L-theanine is admitted as food additive and is easy to use from an economical point. Accordingly, it is preferable to use L-theanine in the present invention. An amount of theanine is, as a lower limit, 100 mg, 150 mg, 200 mg or 300 mg and as an upper limit, 500 mg, 700 mg, 800 mg or 1000 mg per 500 ml beverage. A specific range can be exemplified as from 100 mg to 1000 mg, from 150 mg to 1000 mg, from 200 mg to 1000 mg, from 300 mg to 1000 mg, from 300 mg to 500 mg or the like.

Beverage means a liquid serving for drinking. For example, as beverage are exemplified tea beverage such as green tea, oolong tea, black tea (tea with lemon, tea with milk), herb tea, etc., concentrated juice, from-concentrate juice, juice, mixture of fruit juices, fruit juice with fruit grain, beverage with fruit grain, mixture of fruit and vegetable, vegetable juice, carbonated beverage, refreshing beverage, milk beverage, Japanese sake, beer, wine, cocktail, shochu, whisky, etc. Of these beverages, the present invention can be preferably practiced in tea beverages.

A beverage contained in a sealed container means beverage substantially inhibits movement of substance (including gas) in and out of the container. For example, the beverage includes a beverage contained in a metal container, such as steel can, aluminum can, etc., a beverage contained in a plastic container such as PET bottle.

Quinic acid is 3,4,5-tetrahydroxycyclohexane-1-carboxylic acid. Quinic acid exists in Chnchona, coffee seed, leaves of Beta vulgaris, fruit such as apple, strawberry, grapes, blue berry, cranberry, raspberry. When quinic acid is absorbed into the body, it is metabolized into hippuric acid in the liver, keeping urine acidic and having an effect of suppressing growth of bacterium. Quinic acid used in the present invention may be, for example, an extract from a plant, chemical synthesis or the like without origin.

An amount of quinic acid is, as a lower limit, 30 mg, 40 mg or 50 mg and as an upper limit, 100 mg, 150 mg, 200 mg, 250 mg or 300 mg per 500 ml beverage. A specific range can be exemplified as from 30 mg to 300 mg, from 40 mg to 300 mg, from 30 mg to 100 mg, from 50 mg to 100 mg or the like.

Tea extract powder includes tea leaves such as powdered tea obtained by pulverizing tea leaves by a millstone, powder of extract from tea leaves or the like. Tea extract powder can be prepared by extraction from tea leaves of black tea, oolong tea, green tea, boiled tea, coarse green tea using hot water and thereafter, carrying out spray drying or freeze dehydration thereby to obtain powder with a suitable grain diameter.

Tea extract means water extract from tea leaves or mixed liquid extract from tea leaves, water and organic solvent. Tea extract can be used as a concentrate. A method of concentrating tea extract is exemplified as (1) a method of extracting water content from extract of tea leaves to obtain a concentrate, suspending the concentrate in water or a mixture of water and a solvent, adding an organic solvent to the suspended concentrate, thereby removing resultant precipitation, and distilling the solvent away, (2) a method of extracting water content from extract of tea leaves to obtain a concentrate, dissolving the concentrate in an organic solvent, adding water or a mixture of water and an organic solvent to the dissolved concentrate, thereby removing resultant precipitation, and distilling the solvent away. Tea extract which is usable in the invention may be a solid, water solution, a slurry or the like.

Furthermore, the beverage contained in a sealed container in accordance with the present invention may be used with material allowed as food, such as herb, amino acid, vitamin or mineral.

There is no specific limitation to the herb used with the beverage. However, for example, the herb may include anise, carrot seed, cloves, coriander, cypress, cinnamon, juniper, ginger, sweet orange, basil, patchouli, bitter orange, fennel, blackpepper, bay, peppermint, bergamot, mandarin, myrrh, lemon grass, rosemary, vanilla, hyssop, eucalyptus, lime, lemon, ylangylang, cardamom, clarysage, jasmine, geranium, Bulgarian rose, rose, olibanum, matricaria, sandalwood, verbena, petit grain, vetivera zizanoides, marjoram, Melissa officinelis, rosewood, Hypericum, kava kava, St. Jones Wart, valerian, passion flower, hop, rafuma (Apocynum venetum), blackcohosh (cimicifuga rasemosa), chamomile, extract of Korean ginseng, lemon balm, rosemary and the like.

There is no specific limitation to the amino acid used with the beverage. However, for example, the amino acid may include GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid), glutamine, glutamic acid, inosinic acid, alanine, arginine, asparagine acid, threonine, Serine, taurine, thiotaurine, hypotaurine and the like.

There is no specific limitation to the vitamin used with the beverage. However, for example, the vitamin may include vitamin A, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K, folic acid, lipoic acid, pantothenic acid, biotin, ubiquinone, prostaglandin, etc. and derivatives of these vitamins.

There is no specific limitation to the mineral used with the beverage. However, for example, the mineral may include calcium, iron, magnesium, copper, zinc, selenium, potassium and the like.

EXAMPLE 1

(1) Theanine Preparation 1

Theanine was prepared based on the technique disclosed as an embodiment in gazette of Japanese Patent No. 2139750. More specifically, 0.3 M glutamine and 1.5 M ethylamine were reacted in the presence of 0. 3U/ml glutaminase (refined from pseudomonas nitroreducens IFO 12694) at 30° C. for 22 hours in a boric acid buffer fluid (Na2B4O7—NaOH, pH 11) , whereby theanine was obtained. Reaction liquid was applied to Dowex 50×8 column chromatgraphy and Dowex 1×2 column chromatography thereby to be eluted by ethanol, whereby theanine was refined. As a result, 5 kg L-theanine was obtained. In the following description, the theanine prepared by the above-described preparing method will be referred to as “theanine 1.”

(2) Theanine Preparation 2

1500 kg water was warmed up to 80° C., and 100 kg green tea leaves were added to the warmed water and stirrered for 30 minutes so that tea dregs were removed. Thereafter, filtration and concentrated refinement were carried out. The concentrated liquid was passed through cation-exchange resin and eluted by 1N NaOH. An activated carbon treatment was carried out, and the obtained liquid was spray-dried, whereby 10 kg preparation of 30% theanine was obtained. In the following description, the theanine prepared by the above-described preparing method will be referred to as “theanine 2.”

(3) Preparation of Tea Extract Powder Containing Quinic Acid

1500 kg water was warmed up to 80° C., and 100 kg green tea leaves were added to the warmed water and stirrered for 30 minutes so that tea dregs were removed. Thereafter, filtration and concentrated refinement were carried out. The concentrated liquid was spray-dried, whereby 20 kg tea extract containing 1 kg quinic acid was obtained (that is, the content of quinic acid is 0.05 mg/mg extract powder).

(4) Quinic Acid

Quinic acid manufactured by KANTO CHEMICAL CO., INC. was used.

EXAMPLE 2

(1) Preparation of Tea Beverage:

Extraction from 1 kg tea leaves of green tea was carried out in 10 liter hot water (60° C.) for 30 minutes and thereafter, solid-liquid separation was carried out by a filtration process, whereby 7 liter green tea extract was obtained.

Theanine 1, Theanine 2, quinic acid and tea extract powder containing quinic acid were blended together with blending quantities of the respective substances shown by TABLE 1 and put into a polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottle aseptically after ultra high temperature (UHT) sterilization (sterilization at 135° C. for 3 seconds), whereby a beverage contained in a sealed container was prepared. Thus, 8 types of test beverages (1 to 8) and two types of comparative beverages (9 and 10; comparative example) were prepared.

TABLE 1
Comparative
Test beveragebeverage
12345678910
Theanine 1 (mg)100100300300100300
Theanine 2 (mg)5001000
Quinic acid (mg)50100501005050
Tea extract100010001000
powder (mg)
Green tea450450450450450450450450450450
extract (ml)
Drinking wateradj.adj.adj.adj.adj.adj.adj.adj.adj.adj.
Total (ml)500500500500500500500500500500
Theanine1151153153151653151303301515
Content
Quinic acid7012070120707070707020
Content

Where adj. is an abbreviation of “adjustment”.

Furthermore, Theanine and quinic acid were analyzed by the following process regarding the test beverages and comparative beverages.

Process for Analyzing Theanine:

Analysis was carried out by liquid chromatography using a preparation of L-theanine. The conditions of analysis were as follows:

The following was used:

  • Analytical column: Develosil ODS HG-5/Nomura Chemical Co., Ltd. Column dimensions: 4.6 mm I. D.×150 mm L
  • Precolumn: Develosil ODS HG-5/Nomura Chemical Co., Ltd. Column dimensions: 4.0 mm I. D.×10 mm L
  • Detector: Waters 2487 Dual×UV/VIS detector/Waters

A mixture of 20 ml methanol, 980 ml ultrapure water and 1 ml trifluoroacetic acid was used as a mobile phase. A ratio of a peak area of an internal standard substance to a peak area of a standard detected component was obtained from the resultant chromatogram. An analytical curve was plotted, and an amount of sample theanine was obtained from the analytical curve.

Process for Analyzing Quinic Acid:

Each test substance was pretreated in a perchloric acid solution and thereafter measured by a high-performance liquid chromatography manufactured by Shimadzu Corporation.

(2) Preservation Test:

A preservation test was conducted under 7-day and 30-day sampling conditions at 50° C. regarding sealed beverages.

Regarding the turbidity, the sealed beverages were checked with eyes and evaluated in three levels of “clear,” “slightly clear” and “opaque.” Regarding precipitation, the sealed beverages were evaluated in four levels based on the precipitation phase. Furthermore, regarding organoleptic evaluation, the sealed beverages were tasted and evaluated by panelists. A five-level evaluation was carried out. The sealed beverage with the best flavor scored five points, whereas the sealed beverage with the worst flavor scored 1 point. A mean of the evaluation by all the panelists was obtained.

The results of evaluation are shown by TABLE 2 (7-day preservation) and TABLE 3 (30-day preservation). Precipitation is shown in four levels. Symbol “−” designates “no precipitation.” Symbol “±” designates “slight precipitation.” Symbol “+” designates “a small amount of precipitation.” Symbol “++” designates “a large amount of precipitation.”

TABLE 2
Comparative
Test beveragebeverage
12345678910
Turbidityclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclearslightly clearopaque
Precipitation±±++
Flavor4.24.84.85.05.05.04.753.42.0

TABLE 3
Test beverage
12345678
Turbidityclearclearclearclearclearclearclearclear
Precipitation±
Flavor3.14.54.44.64.54.64.54.6
Comparative beverage
910
Turbidityopaqueopaque
Precipitation+++
Flavor2.21.1

As obvious from the above tables, each of the test beverages 1 to 8 has no turbidity and is clear both after 7-days preservation and after 30-days preservation. Furthermore, although test beverage 1 has slight precipitation after 7-days preservation and 30-days preservation, the other test beverages 2 to 8 each have no precipitation. Furthermore, regarding flavor, each of the test beverages 1 to 8 retains a high value both after 7-days preservation and after 30-days preservation.

On the other hand, each of the comparative beverages 9 and 10 has turbidity and precipitation both after 7-days preservation and after 30-days preservation. Furthermore, the flavor of each of the comparative beverages 9 and 10 has been found to be reduced.

As described above, the tea beverage containing theanine and quinic acid and put in the sealed container has been proved to have no turbidity, to suppress precipitation and to retain good flavor even after a long-term preservation.

EXAMPLE 3

Black Tea Beverage Contained in a Sealed Container

(1) Preparation of Black Tea Beverage:

Extraction from 1 kg tea leaves of black tea was carried out in 10 liter hot water (60° C.) for 30 minutes and thereafter, solid-liquid separation was carried out by a filtration process, whereby 7 liter black tea extract was obtained.

Theanine 1, Theanine 2, quinic acid and black tea extract powder containing quinic acid were blended together with blending quantities of the respective substances shown by TABLE 4 and put into a PET bottle aseptically after ultra high temperature (UHT) sterilization (sterilization at 135° C. for 3 seconds), whereby a beverage contained in a sealed container was prepared. Thus, 6 types of test beverages (11 to 16) and two types of comparative beverages (17 and 18; comparative example) were prepared.

Furthermore, contents of theanine and quinic acid in each beverage were analyzed in the same manner as in the embodiment 2.

TABLE 4
Comparative
Test beveragebeverage
1112131415161718
Theanine 1100100300300100
(mg)
Theanine 25001000
(mg)
Quinic acid50100501005050
(mg)
Black tea450450450450450450450450
extract (ml)
Drinkingadj.adj.adj.adj.adj.adj.adj.adj.
water
Total (ml)500500500500500500500500
Theanine11011031031016031011010
Content
Quinic acid601106011060601010
Content

Where adj. is an abbreviation of “adjustment”.

(2) Preservation Test:

A preservation test was conducted under 7-days and 30-days sampling conditions at 50° C. regarding sealed beverages.

The results of evaluation are shown by TABLE 5 (7-days preservation) and TABLE 6 (30-days preservation). Turbidity (degree of transparency), precipitation and flavor are similar to those described in paragraph (2) of Example 2 and accordingly the description of them will be eliminated.

TABLE 5
Comparative
Test beveragebeverage
1112131415161718
Turbidityclearclearclearclearslightly clearclearslightly clearopaque
Precipitation±±++
Flavor4.44. 64.85.04.64.83.32.0

TABLE 6
Test beverage
111213141516
Turbidityclearclearclearclearslightly clearclear
Precipitation±
Flavor3.34.44.64.84.44.6
Comparative beverage
1718
Turbidityopaqueopaque
Precipitation++++
Flavor2.11.2

As obvious from the above tables, although test beverage has slight turbidity after 30-day preservation, each of the other test beverages has no turbidity and is clear both after 7-days preservation and after 30-days preservation. Furthermore, although test beverage 11 has slight precipitation after 7-days preservation and 30-days preservation and test beverage 15 has slight precipitation after 30-days preservation, the other test beverages each have no precipitation. Furthermore, regarding flavor, each of the test beverages 11 to 16 retains a high value both after 7-days preservation and after 30-days preservation.

On the other hand, each of the comparative beverages 17 and 18 has turbidity or is opaque and has a large amount of precipitation both after 7-days preservation and after 30-days preservation. Furthermore, the flavor of each of the comparative beverages has been found to be reduced.

As described above, the tea beverage containing theanine and quinic acid and put in the sealed container has been proved to have no turbidity, to suppress precipitation and to retain good flavor even after a long-term preservation.

EXAMPLE 4

Beverage Containing Lemon Juice

(1) Preparation of Beverage:

Theanine 1, theanine 2 and quinic acid were added to drinking water with 25 g lemon juice, 30 g fructose and 0.5 g fragrance according to blending quantities of the respective substances shown by TABLE 7 and then sterilized at 80° C. The beverage was then packed into a PET bottle aseptically, whereby a beverage contained in a sealed container was prepared. Thus, five types of test beverages (19 to 23) and three types of comparative beverages (24 to 26; comparative example) were prepared.

Furthermore, contents of theanine and quinic acid in each beverage were analyzed in the same manner as in the Example 2.

TABLE 7
Comparative
Test beveragebeverage
1920212223242526
Theanine 1100100300300100
(mg)
Theanine 2500
(mg)
Quinic acid501005010050100
(mg)
Fructose (g)3030303030303030
Lemon juice2525252525252525
(g)
Frafrance0.50.50.50.50.50.50.50.5
(g)
Drinkingadj.adj.adj.adj.adj.adj.adj.adj.
water
Total (ml)500500500500500500500500
Theanine10010030030015001000
Content (mg)
Quinic acid601106011060601010
Content (mg)

Where adj. is an abbreviation of “adjustment”.

(2) Preservation Test:

A preservation test was conducted under 7-days and 30-days sampling conditions at 50° C. regarding the sealed beverages.

The results of evaluation are shown by TABLE 8 (7-days preservation) and TABLE 9 (30-days preservation). Turbidity (degree of transparency), precipitation and flavor are similar to those described in paragraph (2) of Example 2 and accordingly the description of them will be eliminated.

TABLE 8
Comparative
Test beveragebeverage
1920212223242526
Turbidityclearclearclearclearslightly clearslightly clearslightly clearopaque
Precipitation±±±++
Flavor4.84.84.85.04.83.03.32.0

TABLE 9
Comparative
Test beveragebeverage
1920212223242526
Turbidityclearclearclearclearslightly clearopaqueopaqueopaque
Precipitation±±±++++++
Flavor4.04.44.04.03.92.22.11.2

As obvious from the above tables, although test beverage 23 has slight turbity after 30-days preservation, each of the other test beverages no turbidity and is clear both after 7-days preservation and after 30-days preservation. Furthermore, although test beverage 19 has slight precipitation after 7-days preservation and 30-days preservation and each of test beverages 21 and 23 has slight precipitation after 30-days preservation, the other test beverages each have no precipitation. Furthermore, regarding flavor, each of the test beverages 19 to 23 retains a high value both after 7-days preservation and after 30-days preservation.

On the other hand, each of the comparative beverages 24 to 26 has turbidity or is opaque and has a large amount of precipitation both after 7-days preservation and after 30-days preservation. Furthermore, the flavor of each of the comparative beverages has been found to be reduced.

As described above, the lemon juice beverage containing theanine and quinic acid and packed in the sealed container has been proved to have no turbidity, to suppress precipitation and to retain good flavor even after a long-term preservation.

EXAMPLE 5

Tea Beverage Contained in a Sealed Container

(1) Preparation of Barley Tea Beverage:

Extraction from 1 kg barley tea was carried out in 10 liter hot water (60° C.) for 30 minutes and thereafter, solid-liquid separation was carried out by a filtration process, whereby 7 liter barley tea extract was obtained.

Theanine 1, Theanine 2, quinic acid and black tea extract powder containing quinic acid were blended together with blending quantities of the respective substances shown by TABLE 10 and put into a PET bottle aseptically after ultra high temperature (UHT) sterilization (sterilization at 135° C. for 3 seconds), whereby a beverage contained in a sealed container was prepared. Thus, five types of test beverages (27 to 31) and three types of comparative beverages (32 to 34; comparative example) were prepared. Furthermore, contents of theanine and quinic acid in each beverage were analyzed in the same manner as in the Example 2.

TABLE 10
Comparative
Test beveragebeverage
2728293031323334
Theanine 1100100300300100
(mg)
Theanine 25001000
(mg)
Quinic acid50100501005050
(mg)
Barley tea450450450450450450450450
extract (ml)
Drinkingadj.adj.adj.adj.adj.adj.adj.adj.
water
Total (ml)500500500500500500500500
Theanine10010030030015001000
Content (mg)
Quinic acid50100501005010000
Content (mg)

Where adj. is an abbreviation of “adjustment”.

(2) Preservation Test:

A preservation test was conducted under 7-days and 30-days sampling conditions at 50° C. regarding sealed beverages.

The results of evaluation are shown by TABLE 11 (7-days preservation) and TABLE 12 (30-days preservation). Turbidity (degree of transparency), precipitation and flavor are similar to those described in paragraph (2) of Example 2 and accordingly the description of them will be eliminated.

TABLE 11
Comparative
Test beveragebeverage
2728293031323334
Turbidityclearclearclearclearclearslightly clearslightly clearopaque
Precipitation±±++
Flavor5.04.94.95.04.84.03.93.6

TABLE 12
Comparative
Test beveragebeverage
2728293031323334
Turbidityclearclearclearclearslightly clearopaqueopaqueopaque
Precipitation±±±±++++++
Flavor3.94.04.04.43.92.02.01.2

As obvious from the above tables, although test beverage 31 has slight turbidity after 30-days preservation, each of the other test beverages has no turbidity and is clear both after 7-days preservation and after 30-days preservation. Furthermore, although each of test beverages 27 and 29 to 31 has slight precipitation after 30-days preservation, the other test beverages each have no precipitation. Furthermore, regarding flavor, each of the test beverages 27 to 31 retains a high value both after 7-days preservation and after 30-days preservation.

On the other hand, each of the comparative beverages 32 to 34 has turbidity or is opaque and has a large amount of precipitation both after 7-days preservation and after 30-day preservation. Furthermore, the flavor of each of the comparative beverages has been found to be reduced.

As described above, the barley tea beverage containing theanine and quinic acid and put in the sealed container has been proved to have no turbidity, to suppress precipitation and to retain good flavor even after a long-term preservation.

EXAMPLE 6

Coffee Beverage Contained in a Sealed Container

(1) Preparation of Coffee Beverage:

Extraction from 1 kg roasted and ground coffee beans was carried out in five liter hot water (90° C.) for 30 minutes and thereafter, solid-liquid separation was carried out by a filtration process, whereby four liter coffee extract was obtained.

Theanine 1, Theanine 2, quinic acid and black tea extract powder containing quinic acid were blended together with blending quantities of the respective substances shown by TABLE 13 and put into a PET bottle aseptically after ultra high temperature (UHT) sterilization (sterilization at 135° C. for 3 seconds), whereby a beverage contained in a sealed container was prepared. Thus, six types of test beverages (35 to 39) and three types of comparative beverages (40 to 42; comparative example) were prepared. Furthermore, contents of theanine and quinic acid in each beverage were analyzed in the same manner as in the Example 2.

TABLE 13
Comparative
Test beveragebeverage
3536373839404142
Theanine 1100100300300100
(mg)
Theanine 2500
(mg)
Quinic acid501005010050100
(mg)
Coffee450450450450450450450450
extract (ml)
Drinkingadj.adj.adj.adj.adj.adj.adj.adj.
water
Total (ml)500500500500500500500500
Theanine10010030030015001000
Content (mg)
Quinic acid55105551055510555
Content (mg)

where adj. is an abbreviation of “adjustment”.

(2) Preservation Test:

A preservation test was conducted under 7-days and 30-days sampling conditions at 50° C. regarding sealed beverages.

The results of evaluation are shown by TABLE 11 (7-days preservation) and TABLE 12 (30-days preservation). Turbidity (degree of transparency), precipitation and flavor are similar to those described in paragraph (2) of example 2 and accordingly the description of them will be eliminated.

TABLE 14
Comparative
Test beveragebeverage
3536373839404142
Turbidityslightly clearclearclearclearslightly clearslightly clearslightly clearopaque
Precipitation±±++++++
Flavor4.85.05.05.04.83.43.42.9

TABLE 15
Comparative
Test beveragebeverage
3536373839404142
Turbidityslightly clearclearclearclearslightly clearopaqueopaqueopaque
Precipitation±±++++++
Flavor4.04.24.24.43.92.22.11.2

As obvious from the above tables, although each of test beverages 35 and 39 has slight turbidity after both 7-days preservation and 30-days preservation, each of the other test beverages has no turbidity and is clear both after 7-days preservation and after 30-days preservation. Furthermore, although each of test beverages 35 and 39 has slight precipitation after both 7-days preservation and 30-days preservation, the other test beverages each have no precipitation. Furthermore, regarding flavor, each of the test beverages 35 to 39 retains a high value both after 7-days preservation and after 30-days preservation.

On the other hand, each of the comparative beverages 40 to 42 has turbidity or is opaque and has a large amount of precipitation both after 7-days preservation and after 30-days preservation. Furthermore, the flavor of each of the comparative beverages has been found to be reduced.

As described above, the coffee beverage containing theanine and quinic acid and put in the sealed container has been proved to have no turbidity, to suppress precipitation and to retain good flavor even after a long-term preservation.

Examples of the present invention are as follows:

(1) A tea beverage put in a sealed container, characterized in that the beverage contains L-theanine ranging from 100 mg to 1000 mg and quinic acid ranging from 30 mg to 300 mg per 500 ml beverage.

(2) The tea beverage as described in above (1), characterized in that tea extract powder is added to the tea beverage.

(3) A black tea beverage put in a sealed container, characterized in that the beverage contains L-theanine ranging from 100 mg to 1000 mg and quinic acid ranging from 30 mg to 300 mg per 500 ml beverage.

(4) A coffee beverage put in a sealed container, characterized in that the beverage contains L-theanine ranging from 100 mg to 1000 mg and quinic acid ranging from 30 mg to 300 mg per 500 ml beverage.

(5) The beverage as described in any one of above (1) to (4), characterized in that the sealed container is a metal container.

(6) The beverage as described in above (5), characterized in that the metal container is a steel can.

(7) The beverage as described in above (5), characterized in that the metal container is an aluminum can.

(8) The beverage as described in any one of above (1) to (4), characterized in that the sealed container is a plastic container.

(9) The beverage as described in above (8), characterized in that the plastic container is a PET bottle.

(10) The beverage as described in any one of above (1) to (9), characterized in that the beverage contains a herb.

(11) The beverage as described in any one of above (1) to (10), characterized in that the beverage contains GABA.