Sometimes we in the tea industry use terminology that is hard to follow.  Use our handy definition chart to solve that problem.

Professional Tasters’ Lexicon:

Dry Leaf:

  • Bloom: sheen or luster on black leaf.
  • Bold: large leaf or sometimes pieces of leaf too big for a grade, outsized.
  • Chesty: resinous odor/taste imparted by uncured wood in tea chest.
  • Common: poor quality.
  • Dull: leaf without sheen, i.e., “bloom.”
  • Flaky: poorly made leaf that’s flat and easily broken; nonpejoratively, small grades.
  • Shotty: well-made Gunpowder; sometimes also applied to Souchong.
  • Tippy: generous amounts of white or golden tip, i.e., budding leaf.
  • Well-twisted: fully withered, tightly rolled leaf.
  • Wiry: stylish, thin whole leaves; quite often OP grade.

Infusion:

  • Agony of the leaves: unfolding of the leaves in boiling water.

Tea Liquor:

  • Bakey: unpleasant taste caused by firing leaf at too high a temperature; not as strong as “burnt.
  • Biscuity: pleasant characteristic often associated with Assam teas.
  • Bite: not a taste but the astringent puckeriness that gives Black Tea its refreshing quality.
  • Body: viscosity, the strength of the liquor combined with its weight on the tongue; body may be “full,” “light,” etc.
  • Brassy: unpleasant tang caused by under-withering.
  • Bright: sparkling liquor characteristic of all fine teas; also describes taste opposite of “dull.”
  • Brisk: lively, not flat.
  • Complex: the harmonious melange of various flavors characteristic of the very finest teas.
  • Dull: muddy looking liquor, the opposite of “bright”; “flat” tasting.
  • Flat: soft, rather flabby-bodied tea lacking “bite” and “briskness.”
  • Fruity: piquant quality, characteristic of good Oolongs, some Keemuns, etc.
  • Gone off: tea that’s been spoiled by improper storage or packing or is simply past its prime and stale.
  • Malty: a subtle underlying flavor often characteristic of Assam.
  • Peak: the high point of the tasting experience when, some instants after the liquor enters the mouth, its body, flavor, and astringency make themselves fully felt.   Greens and Oolongs do not peak but stand immediately and fully revealed.
  • Pointy: a liquor is said to “have point” if it shows some desirable property – for example, briskness or fine fragrance.
  • Pungent: astringent; what gives a tea its “bite.”
  • Self-drinking: any tea with sufficient aroma, flavor, body, and color to stand alone and in no need of blending or the addition of milk and / or sugar for improvement.
  • Stewed or stewy: poorly fired tea giving soft liquor without “point”; also used of tea that’s brewed too long and has become bitter.
  • Tarry: the smoky flavor associated with Lapsang Souchong.
  • Thin: lacking body and/or color.
  • Weedy: may be applied to thin, cabbagy Black Teas; non-pejoratively, a Green Tea may be called weedy if it has a not-unpleasant vegetative aroma and flavor, varying from simple “herbaceousness” to scents of new-mown hay.
  • Winey: usually descriptive of a mellow quality fine Darjeelings or Keemuns acquire with six months to a year or more of age; more rarely used to describe overfermented tea.


Tea found in teabags (at your local grocery) is made with very small pieces of tea – called “Fannings & Dust.” Because of their miniscule size, the tea pieces in a commercial teabag discharge all of their tannins and flavor at once.   This can result in a bitter brew if allowed to steep for more than a minute or two.   Conversely, Loose-Leaf Tea is made from either large pieces or whole-leaf teas.   These allow the tannins and flavors to be released slowly, and in a controlled manner.

You can only get one cup (or pot) of tea from teabags, but you can get up to four cups (or pots) from an equal amount of loose tea.   Loose tea is also more environmentally friendly – you don’t have the box, the box liner, the paper or foil wrappers, the bag, string, staple & tag to dispose of.   When you’re finished brewing a pot of loose-leaf tea, you can take the spent leaves and dump them on your garden, yard, flower or herb pots, or compost heap.   They bio-degrade and help to replenish the soil.   Of course, if you don’t have a garden, yard or flower pots, you can dump them down the drain, or dispose of them in the trash, where they will also bio-degrade.

And finally, when you factor in the fact that you’re not paying for expensive packaging (it actually costs more than the tea!), and that you can get multiple cups or pots out of loose tea, it turns out that most Loose-Leaf teas are actually cheaper per serving than teabag teas!


A hot delicious cup of premium loose leaf tea is the ideal beverage for soothing a sore throat, warming up on a frosty winter’s night, or binge-watching your favorite new TV show. But there is something else that certain teas do really well, and that’s helping you lose extra weight.

Below is a rundown of the 5 best teas for weight loss and each of their individual, enhancing properties. From deactivating your hunger hormones to increasing your bodies calorie burn to even melting the fat that’s stored in your fat cells within your body. In addition certain teas can also help reduce your risk of heart disease and diabetes, too.

Here’s this amazing list of 5 teas that will help you lose weight and live a better lifestyle.

1. THE METABOLISM MACHINE

Green Tea

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WHY? BECAUSE IT: Unlocks the fat cells within your body

Prior to a workout, jump start the fat-burning impacts of that workout by sipping on a cup of green tea. In a 12-week study done last year, participants who combined a daily habit of 4-5 cups of green tea each day with a 25-minute cardio session lost an average of two more pounds than those members that didn’t drink tea. Who is to thank?  Well, you can thank the molecules in green tea called “catechins”, which trigger the release of fat from fat cells (particularly in the belly), and then accelerate the liver’s capacity for turning that fat into energy for more vitality in your life.

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2. THE WEIGHT MELTER

Oolong Tea

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WHY? BECAUSE IT: Boosts metabolism

“Oolong” means “black dragon” in Chinese, but the tea is all but that.  Oolong tea is a light, floral tea that, like it’s brother tea (green tea), is also packed with catechins.  Catechins have been proven to promote weight loss by boosting your body’s ability to metabolize and burn off lipids (fat). A study in the Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine found that members who regularly added oolong tea to their daily diet and routine lost six pounds over the course of the six-week time period. That’s a pound a week!

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3. THE CRAVINGS CRUSHER

Mint Tea

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WHY? BECAUSE IT: Keeps away the munchies at 12am at night.

Fill a large teacup with relaxing, calming peppermint tea, and sniff yourself thin! While certain fragrances can trigger hunger, others can trick your appetite to lessen. A study within the Journal of Neurological and Orthopaedic Medicine found that individuals who sniffed peppermint every two hours lost an average of 5 pounds a month. Premium Mint tea is relatively low in caffeine boasting only about 25% of what a regular cup of coffee will give you but it does offer some boosting features.  Ultimately mint tea isn’t so much of as a fat burner as it is as a soothing bedtime treat that will keep you fuller longer.  Besides tea you can also add a few drops of peppermint oil to your pillow or burning a minty candle to fill the room with slimming smells.  Mind blown!

 

4. BLOCKER OF FAT

White Tea

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WHY? BECAUSE IT: Prevents new fat cells from forming

The white tea leaf is dried naturally, regularly in natural daylight, making it one of the least handled and processed teas but still among the richest source of antioxidants among all teas.  Fun fact: white tea has more than three times as many polyphenols antioxidants as green tea! A study distributed in the journal Nutrition and Metabolism demonstrated that white tea can simultaneously boost lipolysis (the breakdown of fat) and block adipogenesis (the formation of fat cells) due to high levels of ingredients thought to be active on human fat cells. If there’s such a thing as diet tea, BrewTeaFul’s Premium White Tea is it.

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5. THE HUNGER HALTER

Rooibos Tea

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WHY? BECAUSE IT: Manages your fat-storage hormones

Rooibos tea is produced from the leaves of the “red bush” plant (hence its “Red Tea” name).  Rooibos tea is grown exclusively in the small Cederberg region of South Africa, near Cape Town which makes it somewhat hard to find in store and normal retailers. If you can find it you are in for a treat.  What makes rooibos tea particularly good for your stomach is a unique and powerful flavonoid called “Aspalathin”. Research demonstrates this compound can lessen stress hormones that trigger hunger and fat storage and hormones that are linked to hypertension, metabolic syndrome, cardiovascular disease, insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes. Overall, Rooibos tea takes on a lot of general health concerns and deserves to be mixed into your routine.

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Summary

There you have it, the top 5 teas to drink to lose weight.  We promise that if you mix in more tea consumption, a proper diet, and a proper cardio & weight plan that you will see results soon.  As a generalized statement stick to 3-4 cups of tea—or tea bags— per day and choose brewed tea varieties over bottled to avoid extra calories and sweeteners.  If you have questions or want to share your results comment on our posts or on our social media!  Now get out there and make stuff happen.

 

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You all know we cherish and love our matcha green tea. I am personally obsessed, truly. It gave me help in kicking my coffee addiction for good and it also has been the ingredient I love adding to lattes, smoothies and even desserts. So today I am sharing one of those recipes (the matcha latte), plus 7 Tips for the Best Matcha Latte Ever!…

Matcha Fun Fact! #1 Matcha produced in Uji / Kyoto is recognized in Japan to be the best. Kyoto is also known as the birthplace of green tea in Japan.

Matcha Fun Fact #2 Matcha tea drinking is a 800-900 year-old tradition.

7 Tips for the Best Matcha Latte Ever!

1. Only the Best Matcha
I’ll be the first to tell you that I am a matcha snob. But that doesn’t imply that I generally spend $50/30g canisters and that I turn my nose up to matcha that is not perfect. Actually, not that kind of snob. I just know the difference between a high quality matcha and a low quality matcha. And when I make matcha at home, I have the power and knowledge to make it the best latte possible. And quality matters. High quality matcha is important for these reasons:

Taste. High quality matcha tastes better. Sweet and grassy with a slightly nutty, very mildly earthy flavor. Lower quality matcha has a much stronger earthy flavor, and the grassiness is muddled, bitter and unappealing.
Color. high quality matcha is bright spring green in color. The makes your matcha look prettier and also most likely means that more of those precious green tea antioxidants, also known as catechins, are in tact.
Where it comes from. High quality matcha means that origin is accounted for. I only drink matcha from Japan.
USDA Organic. I also only drink organic matcha, when possible. I am a fan of organic farming both for quality sake and also environmental factors.

Experience + testing = knowledge.

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2. Non-Dairy Milk.
I make matcha lattes that are non-dairy because there has been some research done that says matcha and dairy milk just do not blend well. Dairy milk may actually meddle with absorption of green tea antioxidants.

“German researchers found that casein found in dairy milk binds to the delicate catechins in green tea, inhibiting the absorption. This means that you may want to skip the dairy milk in your matcha recipes and instead use soy, almond or rice milks, which are casein free.”
Select a non-dairy milk that you think tastes good. I personally like homemade almond and organic/non-GMO soy milk the best.  The reason is because soy milk allows for more foam most of the time.

3. Sweeten Naturally.
Adding sweetener to taste is essential. Now and again I add no sweetener and because I really appreciate the complex flavors of original matcha. Other times I like lots of sweetener to make my matcha latte taste like a dessert style treat! I still say that sweet matcha lattes with lots of foam taste like marshmallows. No, seriously.

Some other sweetener options:

– maple syrup
– agave syrup
– organic sugar
– medjool dates

4. Blend it Up!
Despite the fact that matcha is traditionally made with a bamboo whisk, I have to say that I go against tradition (most times) and use my Vitamix to blend my matcha lattes. This produces a lovely airy, foam on the latte. However, I have seen some matcha whisking pros, get significant amounts of air into the matcha using the proper tools: bamboo whisk and a wide matcha bowl.

5. Maximize Heat.
There is nothing worse than lukewarm coffee. Well, for me, the same goes for matcha. For my matcha lattes I like to optimize the heat without over-heating and destroying the flavor and raw nature of the matcha. I usually blend my matcha with very hot water and then add super hot, preheated non-dairy milk once the matcha has dissolved into the water. I highly advise against “re-heating” your matcha latte in a microwave. Not because i think microwaves are bad, I actually do not, but because it over cooks the matcha and the taste can sour into bitterness. (Microwaves apply such strong heat that is not good for the matcha taste and quality, from my experience.) Use your stove for the best matcha latte ever.

6. Add Mint or Vanilla for a Twist!
I love adding natural extracts and flavors to my lattes! Try a real vanilla bean (scoop those seeds!) for the best vanilla-matcha latte ever. And use real mint or peppermint extract for a minty flavor. I am totally into adding mint to all my matcha recipes lately. I am even in the process of making my own peppermint extract! The recipe involves vodka + fresh mint + a few months of aging! I cannot wait to see how it turns out.

7. Serving Time.

Everyone needs a soulful matcha mug or cup. Matcha lattes served in happy mugs taste so much better!  Yes, you can use your coffee or green tea cup but there is something about having a specific cup that makes it more enjoyable.

Matcha Latte Recipe

 

Mint Matcha Latte

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup non-dairy milk (soy or almond are my preference)
  • 1/2 cup water (for a creamier latte, you may use more or 100% non-dairy milk as the liquid)
  • 2 tsp matcha green tea, organic – my favorite brand is obviously our BrewTeaFul Matcha
  • sweeten to taste with maple syrup, organic sugar, agave or blended Medjool dates

Instructions

  1. Bring water to a slow boil in a small sauce pot. Add water to blender. Turn blender on low and add in the matcha while blender is blending.
  2. Warm non-dairy milk to just under boiling, in same sauce pot. Note: Microwave can be used as well for faster heating of water and milk – just do not place green tea in the microwave)
  3. Pour the warmed non-dairy milk into the blender. Add sweetener as well. Blend for a few minutes for whip air into the latte and help foam form.
  4. Pour blended liquid into serving mug or cup or glass. Drink while warm, frothy and steamy. I like to add a drizzle of sweetener right on top of the foam just before serving.
  5. Sweetener note: start with a teaspoon of sweetener.

Yield: 1 latte

Cook time: 00 hrs. 05 mins.

Total time: 5 mins.


There has always been a conversation surrounding the caffeine content in a delicious cup of green tea. Green tea originates from the same plant used to brew black tea, known as Camellia Sinensis, so that ought to give you a clue. Does green tea contain caffeine? Well, the simple answer is… yes.  But how much you ask?

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As mentioned above both teas are harvested from the Camellia Sinensis plant but there is a slight difference between the two types of tea –  the fermentation or aging process.  The process is much gentler when making green tea, and there is a hidden player.  Within green tea there is an amino acid present in green tea that offsets the ‘hyper’ effect of caffeine.  That keeps the effects from being as strong as black tea.

What does that all mean for the days where I dog tired and need a boost?  Green tea gives you a small caffeine boost but it creates a gentler and steady source of stimulation.  This is better for concentration, like studying or reading but you won’t “feel it”. Green tea can also create a calming effect on your brain. Although there is caffeine in green tea, it contains less caffeine than black tea, and in turn black tea has a lot less caffeine than coffee.

See this helpful chart below to visually learn about caffeine levels.

 

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We have done a numerous blog posts about the benefits of drinking tea; such as for matcha tea, green tea, etc. Now it’s black tea’s time to get the spotlight. Black tea has it’s own great benefits and I wanted to share 11 of the most notable benefits with you now.

1. Healthy, Solid Bones: It has been suggested by medical practitioners and researchers that regular black tea consumers have stronger bones and significantly bring down the likelihood of arthritis due to the phytochemicals found in black tea.

2. Reduce your cholesterol with black teaThis study posted findings that black Tea consumption decreased LDL cholesterol by up to 7.5%. The study states that the addition of tea in a diet that is moderately low in fat reduces total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol by huge sums and may, therefore, reduce the danger and risk of coronary heart disease.

3. Blood Sugar Control with black tea – An abstract within the American College of medicine cited a British study which found that a 1 gram black tea drink decreased the late phase plasma glucose reaction in healthy humans with a corresponding increase in insulin.  Meaning, that you are more leveled from a blood sugar perspective.

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4. Stress Relief: We all know and are well aware of the calming and unwinding advantages of black tea. Not only does it help relax after a long day, studies show that the amino acid L-theanine found in black tea can offer you a more leveled mental stability and help you concentrate better. Black tea has been shown to reduce levels of the stress hormone “cortisol” when consumed in moderate amounts (3 cups a day) on a regular basis.

5. Anti-Oxidants within the Black Tea leaf – A webMd article says that black tea has a substance called polyphenols in it, which search for cell-damaging free radicals in the body and aim to detoxify them,  particularly damage caused from smoking and toxic chemicals. Black tea has anti-oxidant ORAC (Oxygen radical absorbance capacity) value of 313 μ mol TE/100g.

6. Expanded Energy: Unlike different beverages that have a generally higher caffeine content, the low sums found in tea can improve blood flow to the brain/cerebrum without over-straining the heart. It also additionally invigorates the metabolism and respiratory system, as well as the heart and the kidneys.

7. Ovarian Cancer reduction with black Tea – According to this study women consuming two or more cups daily, experiencing a 30% decrease in Ovarian cancer risk.

8. Oral Health – Studies funded by the Tea Trade Health Research Association recommends that black tea decreases plaque formation, as well as restricts bacteria growth that promotes the development of cavities and tooth decays. Polyphenols found in black tea kill and remove cavity-causing bacteria as they hinder the growth of bacterial enzymes that form the sticky-like material that binds plaque to our teeth.

9. Kidney Disease and Black Tea – The US library of medicines database states that ladies who drink black tea have an 8% lower danger of creating and developing kidney stones.

10. Parkinson Disease and Black Tea – In the Singapore Chinese Health Study referred to here states that black tea showed a reduction in Parkinson’s disease risk. Ingredients of black tea other than caffeine appear to be responsible, because green tea had no effect on parkinsons.

11. Mental Alertness – A Dutch study which looks at whether tea improves attention and self-reported alertness in two double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled, crossover studies demonstrates that black tea significantly enhanced accuracy and and self-reported alertness.

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Black tea has a unique place in the world of Tea. Not only does it taste great it has so many great health benefits.  Drink up and we will see you on social media.

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If you have already landed here on our community and website then you already know that green tea has major benefits.  It can improve your waist line and skin, but that is just the tip of the iceberg.

Drinking green tea has been around for more than a thousand years. Over the years the Far East has made green tea a staple of their normal daily food and drink to control weight, reduce colds and fevers, and to have an overall positive impact on their lives.

Now, in 2016, there is a boom in the United States, and other Western nations to move towards more healthy drinks instead of sugary drinks like soda and juices.  We at BrewTeaFul obviously agree with the boom and can’t wait to teach you a few cool benefits of drinking green tea.  Drink on and read on.

1. Lowered your bad cholesterol

The generally loved favorite, green tea, was found to help lower cholesterol; both the total serum cholesterol and LDL cholesterol types according to a study distributed in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Most industry experts suggest that drinking five cups of green tea per day will provide “some” results, yet numerous studies have shown that higher utilization of the tea leads to the biggest drop in cholesterol; go figure.

Tea is thought to work by hindering the absorption of cholesterol by the intestines of the body. While green tea helps quite a bit, another quick tip is to take a look at pu-erh tea (which is another type of tea) because it has the most renowned in its ability to lower cholesterol.

2. Eyesight loss prevention

Because green tea has high levels of antioxidants they travel around the body.  In a Webmd study it was astounding that studies have discovered green tea antioxidants in eye tissue.  The article states that drinking green tea can help to prevent visual deficiency caused by cataracts (the clouding of the lens inside the eye).

3. Reduced stress levels and cortisol

Cortisol is the anxiety and stress hormone that adds to your waistline and makes your skin visibility age faster. One recent study proposed that four cups of green tea per day may make your cortisol levels stay more flat and prevent huge spikes.

A 2006 study suggested daily consumption of tea for six weeks will (as compared to placebo) will keep your cortisol levels more in line and keep you from shooting up and coming back down (crashing). Both studies found that tea consumption may diminish the effect of cortisol.

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4. Anti-inflammatory

Dynamic mixes in tea can bring down levels of inflammation and inflammatory reactions within the body. As per Dr. Mark Hyman, inflammation is connected to almost every modern ailment, including joint pain, arthritis, metabolic syndrome, and depression. Inflammation can cause you to hold water and look puffy, so a few cups of tea can help you look and feel slender.

Want a healthier heart? A recent study showed the lower inflammation levels resulting from green tea consumption may help to protect against cardiovascular infections and a healthy system over time.

5. Better focus & concentration

Extensive exploration has demonstrated that the blend of caffeine and L-Theanine, a natural amino acid found in tea, enhances reaction time, response time, and memory, while increasing focus and concentration.

Grab a cup of tea — perhaps some premium white tea — before a meeting when you need to think on your toes, or drink it during a test (if you are a student) for increased concentration and focus to do your best..

6. Kick those allergies

With spring coming up, now is an ideal opportunity to begin searching for your favorite tea.  Why spring, you may ask? A 2007 Japanese study found that the tea polyphenol, EGCG (epigallocatechin gallete), may be useful to remove some of your personal allergy sensitivities. Tea may likewise diminish allergic response through quercetin, a flavonol that happens in green tea naturally, which is known to get rid of some of your histamine response.  I know that was very medical, but Google is your friend.

Smart tip: Take some locally grown honey and put a few squirts of that into your tea as well to get even more anti-allergy fighting power.

7. Decrease your risk of stroke

A study in 2009 stated that there was a 21% reduction in a potential stroke when drinking at least three cups of green or black tea per day.  It’s a new year, start your tea habit now, especially if you are in your 40, 50, 60 year old range.  You’ll thank us later.

8. Reduce your risk of dementia

It’s very important that as you age you need to drink more green tea, as it is thought to lower the risk of dementia.  This dementia risk is reduced by acting through different pathways, including those of nerve synapses and glucose blood sugar regulation. A recent report also found that tea acts on brain theta waves to improve memory and increase attention span — yet another reason to start drinking tea early in life.

9. Improved generalize health

Tea consumers have a tendency to be healthier, which is demonstrated in all the research I’ve talked about earlier.

You can bolster your wellbeing, including your skin and body composition, with as few as 2-3 cups per day.  Green tea is a calorie-free, sugar-free beverage naturally, so join this growing health movement and start today exploring the novelty of tea.

So, go, now and discover. And as always, take a cup of tea with you.

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All green tea is known to be an incredibly healthy drink that promotes weight loss, provides jolts of energy, and more. There is one specific tea that surpasses all others, Matcha Green Tea. Matcha green tea is accepted to be the highest quality powdered green tea on the planet. It’s no surprise that it has been extremely prevalent in the Far East for thousands of years because of it’s wondrous results and usage.

Matcha green tea powder is made by crushing the young leaves of Camellia sinensis plant. The smooth and delicate powder is then stored in a location sans light and oxygen to preserve its high antioxidant content and superior, brightly famous, green color.

Matcha Green Tea Benefits

One cup a day of matcha green tea will provide you with many astonishing benefits, some that include:

1. Cancer fighting power

Matcha green tea is brimming full of antioxidants.  It features the most powerful type of antioxidants called epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). EGCG are known for their astonishing anti-cancer properties. They search for free radicals within the body and destroy them. Matcha green tea contains more than 100 times more of these EGCG natural warriors compared to other teas on the market.

2. Increased metabolism means more weight loss

Matcha green tea offers assistance with burning calories and to help you lose those excess pounds. Studies have demonstrated that in the event that you include Matcha tea into your routine, you can lose 25% more weight than people who don’t drink it. This ancient tea comes with zero side effects, so it doesn’t influence your heart rate and blood pressure.  Overall you can depend on green tea for weight loss.

3. Natural jolts/boosts of energy

Matcha green tea provides you with great, clean vitality and energy that keeps you going for a long time after enjoying your cup. Like all green teas, Matcha contains caffeine, but the naturally boosting impact is credited to the combination of other nutrients and activity ingredients.

4. Counter act getting and looking older

The anti-aging advantages of matcha are connected with the abundance of the tea’s antioxidants, which I talked about earlier. The drink fights off diseases within the body and protects against UV radiation, thus maintaining the skin’s youthful appearance.  If you live in a coastal community or beach community you’ll want to add this to your daily drink list.

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5. Feelings of relaxation

Despite its caffeine content (it has about a quarter of the caffeine content as a cup of coffee), Matcha has a calming effect on the body and can be used prior to meditation. Its L-theanine (a relaxing agent) balances the body and lowers stress levels.  Unlike coffee it doesn’t give a rush of caffeine and then a crash, it is a smooth feeling.

6. Improved concentration through the day

At the point when the body is relaxed, the brain becomes more clear and is capable of more proficient cognitive processing. Matcha tea increases the secretion of dopamine and serotonin.  Dopamine and serotonin are two neurotransmitters that stabilize mood and preventing depression within the body.  If you have issues with mental stress give matcha green tea a try.

7. Improve your body’s immune system

Matcha’s cancer prevention agents act as natural anti-infection antibiotics and support the immune system. Besides, the tea is rich in potassium, vitamins A and C, iron and calcium, that all add to the body’s protection system.

8. Bad cholesterol, no problem

Matcha tea brings down LDL (this is the awful kind) cholesterol and in the meantime builds the levels of HDL (the good stuff) cholesterol, which assists with the prevention of cardiovascular disease.

9. Detoxing effect

With the assistance of its chlorophyll (the inner workings of the plant), Matcha tea detoxifies the body and evacuates heavy metals and different perilous substances.

In the event that you haven’t tried matcha green tea before, you’ll be happy to hear that its flavor is something to rave about as well. It tastes delicious by itself and drinking it will provide a distinct experience for your taste buds.  It’s used in matcha lattes, protein shakes and more.

How Much You Should Drink

This is a hard question to answer, mainly because if it is good for you then you can drink as much as you want.  Matcha green tea is a very potent drink for some and everyone has an individual response to the powder due to our unique bodies. The average consumption for a normal adult is 1-2 cups a day. Most people like a cup of a matcha in the morning to get started and then a cup in the afternoon to “perk” them up (the 3pm drag).  Find clever ways to build it into your routine, drinks, and food and try new things.

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If you’re new to tea, chances are you’ve heard this term thrown around a few times. In fact, people often order an “Orange Pekoe” tea not knowing exactly what they are asking for. One of the most confusing terms in the tea industry, Orange Pekoeactually has nothing to do with oranges.

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Orange Pekoe is a tea industry term for defining a specific tea size. The “Orange Pekoe” grading system is one of the most widely recognized, and is the western version of tea grading. It comes from a time when the Dutch East India Company was expanding its tea empire. Orange Pekoe typically refers to black teas from India, , however, it’s not uncommon to hear this grading system used for green teas, or even teas from other growing regions.

The term Orange Pekoe is a little strange and its origins are in question. One explanation is that it’s a mispronunciation of the Amoy (Xiamen) dialect word for a Chinese tea known as “white down/hair” (白毫; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: pe̍h-ho). The Orange part of the word is thought to originate from the Dutch East India Company, that tried marketing the tea by associating it with the House of Orange, one of the most respected aristocratic families in the days of the Dutch Republic.

This system has less to do about quality of tea as the appearance of the tea. The top few freshly grown leaves are typically reserved for a tea harvest. The very top buds are a higher grade. As you go lower down the shrub to the larger leaves, the grade goes down too. A standard Orange Pekoe (OP) grade typically means the top tea leaf before the tea bud. Whereas a Flowery Orange Pekoe (FOP) typically means the very top tea bud. A Pekoe grade is a larger leaf underneath the Orange Pekoe leaf. Below that, you’ll find a Souchong grade.

tea leaf grading

Whole leaf teas fill up less demand in the western tea market. If you’ve had tea in America, it’s most likely been either a broken leaf, fannings, or tea dust. For the broken grades, simply add a B at the beginning and follow the whole leaf grades. In other words, break an Orange Pekoe leaf and you come up with a Broken Orange Pekoe (BOP). Fannings and Dust are what’s left when you process whole leaf and broken leaf grades. The Fanning and Dust grades are cheap and typically sold for larger commercial production.

Here is an index of Orange Pekoe Grades:

Whole Leaf Grades

The grades for whole leaf orthodox black tea are: Ceylon orange pekoe (OP) grades

  • OP1—slightly delicate, long, wiry leaf with the light liquor
  • OPA—bold, long leaf tea which ranges from tightly wound to almost open
  • OP—main grade, in the middle between OP1 and OPA, can consist of long wiry leaf without tips
  • OP Superior—primarily from Indonesia, similar to OP
  • Flowery OP—high-quality tea with a long leaf and few tips, considered the second grade in Assam, Dooars, and Bangladesh teas, but the first grade in China
  • F OP1—as above, but with only the highest quality leaves in the FOP classification
  • Golden Flowery OP1—higher proportion of tip than FOP top grade in Milima and Marinyn regions, uncommon in Assam and Darjeeling
  • Tippy Golden F OP—the highest proportion of tip, main grade in Darjeeling and Assam
  • TGF OP1—as above, but with only the highest quality leaves in the TGFOP classification
  • Finest TGF OP—highest quality grade (Note: “Special” is occasionally substituted for “Finest”, with a number 1 at the end to indicate the very finest), often hand processed and produced at only the best plantations, roughly one quarter tips
  • SFTGFOP(1)—sometimes used to indicate the very finest

Broken Leaf Grades

  • BT—Broken Tea: Usually a black, open, fleshy leaf that is very bulky. Classification used in Sumatra, Sri Lanka, and some parts of Southern India.
  • BP—Broken Pekoe: Most common broken pekoe grade. From Indonesia, Ceylon, Assam and Southern India.
  • BPS—Broken Pekoe Souchong: Term for broken pekoe in Assam and Darjeeling.
  • FP—Flowery Pekoe: High-quality pekoe. Usually coarser with a fleshier, broken leaf. Produced in Ceylon and Southern India, as well as in some parts of Kenya.
  • BOP—Broken Orange Pekoe: Main broken grade. Prevalent in Assam, Ceylon, Southern India, Java, and China.
  • F BOP—Flowery Broken Orange Pekoe: Coarser and broken with some tips. From Assam, Ceylon, Indonesia, China, and Bangladesh. In South America coarser, black broken.
  • F BOP F—Finest Broken Orange Pekoe Flowery: The finest broken orange pekoe. Higher proportion of tips. Mainly from Ceylon’s “low districts”.
  • G BOP—Golden Broken Orange Pekoe: Second grade tea with uneven leaves and few tips.
  • GF BOP1—Golden Flowery Broken Orange Pekoe 1: As above, but with only the highest quality leaves in the GFBOP classification.
  • TGF BOP1—Tippy Golden Flowery Broken Orange Pekoe 1: High-quality leaves with a high proportion of tips. Finest broken First Grade Leaves in Darjeeling and some parts of Assam.
  • PF—Pekoe Fannings
  • OF—Orange Fannings: From Northern India and some parts of Africa and South America.
  • FOF—Flowery Orange Fannings: Common in Assam, Dooars, and Bangladesh. Some leaf sizes come close to the smaller broken grades.
  • GFOF—Golden Flowery Orange Fannings: Finest grade in Darjeeling for tea bag production.
  • TGFOF—Tippy Golden Flowery Orange Fannings.
  • BOPF—Broken Orange Pekoe Fannings: Main grade in Ceylon, Indonesia, Southern India, Kenya, Mozambique, Bangladesh, and China. Black-leaf tea with few added ingredients, uniform particle size, and no tips.

Dust Grades

  • D1—Dust 1: From Sri Lanka, Indonesia, China, Africa, South America, and Southern India.
  • PD—Pekoe Dust
  • PD1—Pekoe Dust 1: Mainly produced in India.

Other Terms

  • Musc.—Muscatel
  • Cl.—Clonal
  • Ch.—China varietal
  • Qu.—Queen jat
  • FBOPF Ex. Spl.—Flowery Broken Orange Pekoe Fannings (Extra Special)
  • FP—(Flowery Pekoe)
  • PS—Pekoe Souchong
  • S—Souchong
  • BOF—Broken Orange Fannings
  • BPF—Broken Pekoe Fannings
  • RD—Pekoe Dust/Red Dust
  • FD—Fine Dust
  • GD—Golden Dust
  • SRD—Super Red Dust
  • SFD—Super Fine Dust
  • BMF—Broken Mixed Fannings

Ever wondered what the difference between a tea infuser vs diffuser is?  We help you understand a Infuser vs Diffuser.  A tea infuser is a little mesh or silicone basket that holds tea leaves so that you can seep them in hot water within your tea cup.  The main benefit of the tea infuser is you can use loose leaf tea instead of tea bags (which have less quality).

 


A tea diffuser is a cup that holds both the water and tea leaves and allows them to seep together over time.  You can drain the water into a separate container, and that is the tea you drink. The leaves are left in the tea diffuser so that the remnants don’t get in your mouth when you are drinking.

 

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