The Matcha Alternatives Blog

 

For the rational tea drinker:

A fully referenced, anti-pseudoscience exploration into the glorious world of tea science. We publish 2-3 times per month, with posts ranging from cool tea science to delicious recipes to how to have fun with tea!

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5 Best Tea + Song Combos to Lower Stress and Boost Your Mood

Posted by Lauren Leese on

Music inspires emotion, but wouldn't it be even better if we could taste the music? Try our 5 pairings of teas + songs to help improve your mood and energy. If you're wondering how to feel relaxed, energetic, focused, confident or simply happy, these music and tea choices are here for you!

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5 Best Tea + Song Combos to Lower Stress and Boost Your Mood

Posted by Lauren Leese on

Music inspires emotion, but wouldn't it be even better if we could taste the music? Try our 5 pairings of teas + songs to help improve your mood and energy. If you're wondering how to feel relaxed, energetic, focused, confident or simply happy, these music and tea choices are here for you!

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Commonly Googled Questions About Covid-19 + Tea

Posted by Elizabeth Taeed on

Our response + your questions: First, here's what we're doing on our end to keep your tea safe, and second your coronavirus tea questions answered: Can green tea cure covid-19? Can I catch the virus by drinking tea? What teas should I be drinking to boost my immune system? What about teas for mental health? Plus how best to stay safe and healthy.

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Commonly Googled Questions About Covid-19 + Tea

Posted by Elizabeth Taeed on

Our response + your questions: First, here's what we're doing on our end to keep your tea safe, and second your coronavirus tea questions answered: Can green tea cure covid-19? Can I catch the virus by drinking tea? What teas should I be drinking to boost my immune system? What about teas for mental health? Plus how best to stay safe and healthy.

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Ten Ways to Drink Tea: The Founders’ Tea Travels in 2019

Posted by Elizabeth Taeed on

Welcome to 2020! With the start of anything comes reflection on what has passed. In our case, that includes what teas we drank and where. Without further ado, here’s an ever-so-serious review of what hot leaf water we sipped in the ten countries we visited in 2019 – in case you need some tea-spiration for future travels!

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Ten Ways to Drink Tea: The Founders’ Tea Travels in 2019

Posted by Elizabeth Taeed on

Welcome to 2020! With the start of anything comes reflection on what has passed. In our case, that includes what teas we drank and where. Without further ado, here’s an ever-so-serious review of what hot leaf water we sipped in the ten countries we visited in 2019 – in case you need some tea-spiration for future travels!

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Our Origin Story: Why are we called MatchaAlternatives.com anyway?!

Posted by Elizabeth Taeed on

A few years ago we tried to get "into" matcha tea given how every year for the last 10+ it has been getting more and more popular (as you may have noticed) but we have really struggled to like it. This post covers how we started, the world of matcha vs better value antioxidants, and why MatchaAlternatives.com is here.

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Our Origin Story: Why are we called MatchaAlternatives.com anyway?!

Posted by Elizabeth Taeed on

A few years ago we tried to get "into" matcha tea given how every year for the last 10+ it has been getting more and more popular (as you may have noticed) but we have really struggled to like it. This post covers how we started, the world of matcha vs better value antioxidants, and why MatchaAlternatives.com is here.

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A Tea & Tisane Primer (Everything You Need to Know About Tea and 'Tea')

Posted by Elizabeth Taeed on

Tea is simply dried leaves from one specific type of evergreen: a type of camellia. Its Latin name is Camellia var. sinensis and there are two varieties: Camellia sinensis var. sinensis (translates to the Chinese Chinese camellia) and Camellia sinensis var. assamica (the Indian Chinese camellia). Any other plant that has been steeped in hot water and turned into a drink is an ‘infusion’ or ‘tisane’, not tea. Common (and delicious) infusions include rooibos, mate and all the plants you can think of (chamomile, mint, liquorice, orange, lavender, vanilla, raspberry, and so on). Most of the ‘teas’ at Matcha Alternatives are not actually teas, but tisanes.

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Tea is simply dried leaves from one specific type of evergreen: a type of camellia. Its Latin name is Camellia var. sinensis and there are two varieties: Camellia sinensis var. sinensis (translates to the Chinese Chinese camellia) and Camellia sinensis var. assamica (the Indian Chinese camellia). Any other plant that has been steeped in hot water and turned into a drink is an ‘infusion’ or ‘tisane’, not tea. Common (and delicious) infusions include rooibos, mate and all the plants you can think of (chamomile, mint, liquorice, orange, lavender, vanilla, raspberry, and so on). Most of the ‘teas’ at Matcha Alternatives are not actually teas, but tisanes.

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