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It seems that most people believe there is no crisis that cannot be handled with a coffee. Indeed, judging from the human dependency on coffee, it would appear that most humans don’t believe themselves capable of addressing most of the daily challenges of life without some kind of caffeinated beverage on hand to lessen pain, speed thinking, and quicken reaction time. While the growing news about the health benefits of coffee seems to make it more and more attractive, coffee does have its downsides: namely the tendency to produce jitters, difficulty sleeping and the lows that result as a reaction to the caffeine-generated energy boost. What if you discovered that there has recently emerged a beverage that provides all the positive effects of coffee, with little of the negatives? Matcha tea, anyone?

What Is Matcha Tea?
Matcha tea is the age old newest thing to hit the market. It originated more than 1,000 years ago in Japan when Japanese monks discovered its ability to make them feel “calm, yet alert” during endless hours of meditation.

The reason that the tea is so strong is that the leaves are not steeped in bags, but dissolved in water, leaving all the antioxidant powers of the leaf intact. As a result, you get antioxidant levels 6.2 times that of goji berries, 17 times that of blueberries, 7 times that of dark chocolate, anti-carcinogenic and 60.5 times that of spinach.

Cancer Prevention
Green tea contains catechins, which are antioxidants which knock out free radicals in the body. The most potent catechin in green tea is EGCG, which is anti-carcinogenic properties. A 2003 study done at the University of Colorado found that one cup of matcha has 137 times the EGCG or regular green tea.

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Anti-Aging
Some of the oldest living people in the world live in Okinawa, Japan. The longevity of these people has been partially attributed to matcha green tea consumption. Although the tea is most popular in Japan, it is becoming widely recognized throughout the world for its ability to fight inflammation, aging, and oxidation.

Lowers Bad Cholesterol
According to a 2011 study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition green tea beverages can significantly lower serum total and LDL cholesterol concentration.

Weight Loss
A study from the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition conducted in 1999 revealed that catechins found in green tea extract have thermogenic properties capable of promoting fat oxidation beyond that explained by tea’s caffeine content. The study showed that consuming green tea increases the body’s thermogenesis, or rate of calorie burn, by 8-10% to 35-43% of energy expenditure daily. Yet another study showed that exercise done immediately after consuming matcha green tea resulted in a fat burning increase of 25%.

Mood Booster
Matcha tea can contain up to 5 times more L-theanine than most tea. L-theanine is an amino acid with psychoactive abilities which induce alpha wave activity in the brain. Stress is associated with the brain’s beta wave activity. Alpha wave activity combats this, relieving stress, promoting relaxation, and lowering blood pressure, counterbalancing the jittery effects of caffeine. Thus, matcha tea promotes clarity of the mind without the nervous energy related to coffee.

What do you think? Are you ready to trade in your daily java for some matcha? Let us know!

Become A Tea Aficionado

There are many reasons for becoming a tea aficionado. You might have some English friends that you want to impress with your newly learned extensive knowledge. You might be thinking of becoming a natural healer and want to include herbal teas in your repertoire. Maybe you think that every body needs to be an expert on something, so why not tea? Or, maybe you just want all your friends to know to buy you fancy tea sets on your birthday.

All kidding aside, tea has been associated with about every health benefit under the sun, from lowering risk of heart disease to cancer prevention and, if that isn’t a good enough reason to become a tea connoisseur, what is? Let’s take a look at how you can increase your experteas.

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Know Your Tea
There four main types of tea are white, green, black and oolong, here’s a little bit of information about each one.

White Tea
The least oxidized and processed of all the teas, white tea also contains the least caffeine and most antioxidants.

Green Tea
Green tea is steamed after it is harvested; this gives it its distinctive flavor and slightly more caffeine than white tea.

Black Tea
The most processed of the teas, black tea has the highest caffeine content, strong flavor and fewer antioxidants.

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Oolong
With a caffeine content somewhere between that of green and black tea, oolong tea is a favorite among connoisseurs and features rolled or twisted leaves for a distinct appearance.

Tasting Tea
Lalith Lenadora is the East India Company’s chief taster. He says, to properly taste tea, “Take a small sip and let it cover the tip of your tongue. Then take a second sip and taste it with the back of your tongue. Now your taste buds are all awake as you take a third sip.” He also recommends that you slurp your tea to mix in air, however, you may want to avoid this at parties and social gatherings.

Appreciating Quality
While many big brand teas use machines to pick their tea leaves, others pick by hand to ensure the crop consists only of the bud and top two leaves of the tea bushes, which is as it should be. If you are going to become a tea aficionado, pay attention to where the tea comes from, how it is produced and whether or not the grower is getting a fair price.

Appreciating Variety
The flavor of tea is affected by the climate, soil and weather conditions in the region and year in which the crop is grown and the time of year in which it is harvested. The harvesting and blending will also have an impact on the taste. As Lenadora says, “You could probably try a different type of tea every day for the rest of your life and never run out of options.

Of course, after all this, you must find “your tea”. Let us know how you “found your tea” or maybe how you plan to. We want to hear all of your tea encounters! Let us know!