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Best Substitutes for Matcha Tea...for Concentration, Caffeine & Antioxidants

Posted by Elizabeth Taeed on

For all those matcha lovers (or haters) out there: This blog covers the best alternatives to matcha for those who are looking for concentration and focus; a morning caffeine hit; or loads of antioxidants. With direct price, antioxidant and caffeine comparisons to matcha so you can make up your own mind!

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For all those matcha lovers (or haters) out there: This blog covers the best alternatives to matcha for those who are looking for concentration and focus; a morning caffeine hit; or loads of antioxidants. With direct price, antioxidant and caffeine comparisons to matcha so you can make up your own mind!

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Ultimate Guide to Brewing Tea and Tisanes

Posted by Elizabeth Taeed on

The difference between a great cup of tea and something that is best for watering plants is down to three key factors: time, temperature and quantity. Always make sure your tea doesn't over- or under-brew, that your water is the right temperature (some teas taste best in boiling water, whereas others will burn), and that you have used enough tea (to your taste!). Each tea and tisane is slightly different, so follow the below instructions carefully and you will have a gorgeous brew every time.

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Ultimate Guide to Brewing Tea and Tisanes

Posted by Elizabeth Taeed on

The difference between a great cup of tea and something that is best for watering plants is down to three key factors: time, temperature and quantity. Always make sure your tea doesn't over- or under-brew, that your water is the right temperature (some teas taste best in boiling water, whereas others will burn), and that you have used enough tea (to your taste!). Each tea and tisane is slightly different, so follow the below instructions carefully and you will have a gorgeous brew every time.

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The Dark Truth About Matcha Tea

Posted by Stephany Morgan on

Matcha green tea powder has exploded in Western markets over the past decade, as its superfood reputation spreads. However, is it all it's cracked up to be? Is it truly king of the healthy drinks when consumers are going to Starbucks and drinking matcha lattes that are 50% sugar? It's also fiercely expensive, at up to $3 for a mug, at home! Is it the high antioxidant claims that have led to the title of king? The nutrient profile? There are MANY herbs that beat matcha by a long shot. Consider Moringa: this plant is also a preparation of ground leaves that are whisked into water and enjoyed similarly to matcha. Let’s also compare Rooibos and Honeybush, who are also strong contenders.

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The Dark Truth About Matcha Tea

Posted by Stephany Morgan on

Matcha green tea powder has exploded in Western markets over the past decade, as its superfood reputation spreads. However, is it all it's cracked up to be? Is it truly king of the healthy drinks when consumers are going to Starbucks and drinking matcha lattes that are 50% sugar? It's also fiercely expensive, at up to $3 for a mug, at home! Is it the high antioxidant claims that have led to the title of king? The nutrient profile? There are MANY herbs that beat matcha by a long shot. Consider Moringa: this plant is also a preparation of ground leaves that are whisked into water and enjoyed similarly to matcha. Let’s also compare Rooibos and Honeybush, who are also strong contenders.

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Rooibos vs. Honeybush: What's the Difference?

Posted by Stephany Morgan on

Although the two “teas” are similar, particularly in taste, they come from entirely different African plants and are NOT the same thing. Honeybush is the sweeter of the two, as the name suggests, Red Rooibos (aka 'Red Bush') has a woodier taste, and Green Rooibos has a citrus-y taste and is higher in antioxidants than red.

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Rooibos vs. Honeybush: What's the Difference?

Posted by Stephany Morgan on

Although the two “teas” are similar, particularly in taste, they come from entirely different African plants and are NOT the same thing. Honeybush is the sweeter of the two, as the name suggests, Red Rooibos (aka 'Red Bush') has a woodier taste, and Green Rooibos has a citrus-y taste and is higher in antioxidants than red.

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