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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What is Matcha? A Matcha Primer

Posted by Stephany Morgan on

Matcha is green tea that has been ground into a fine powder and blended into hot water, rather than steeped. But leaves for Matcha are subject to specific growing conditions: namely, shade. The plant is protected from the sun, and light is carefully controlled, leading to a unique production of plant chemicals (caffeineantioxidantsflavonoids, etc) which contribute to its unique flavor. Descriptions vary from sweet, creamy and full-bodied to vegetal, wheat-grass-like and bitter. This partly has to do with preparation, but in the end Matcha really is an acquired taste. Perhaps this bitterness is why Matcha lattes and desserts are so popular, but adding cream and sugar counteract its health benefits. 

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What is Matcha? A Matcha Primer

Posted by Stephany Morgan on

Matcha is green tea that has been ground into a fine powder and blended into hot water, rather than steeped. But leaves for Matcha are subject to specific growing conditions: namely, shade. The plant is protected from the sun, and light is carefully controlled, leading to a unique production of plant chemicals (caffeineantioxidantsflavonoids, etc) which contribute to its unique flavor. Descriptions vary from sweet, creamy and full-bodied to vegetal, wheat-grass-like and bitter. This partly has to do with preparation, but in the end Matcha really is an acquired taste. Perhaps this bitterness is why Matcha lattes and desserts are so popular, but adding cream and sugar counteract its health benefits. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Posted by Elizabeth Taeed on

Every wants some answers before they try a new website, So....What do we sell at MatchaAlternatives.com? Do we sell matcha? Where are we based? Do we have a physical shop? Where do we ship? What’s the tea blog like? Should you subscribe? What are our prices like? What should you do if you don’t drink loose leaf tea? and more!

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Frequently Asked Questions

Posted by Elizabeth Taeed on

Every wants some answers before they try a new website, So....What do we sell at MatchaAlternatives.com? Do we sell matcha? Where are we based? Do we have a physical shop? Where do we ship? What’s the tea blog like? Should you subscribe? What are our prices like? What should you do if you don’t drink loose leaf tea? and more!

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Welcome to the Matcha Alternatives Blog!

Posted by Elizabeth Taeed on

This blog is a no-nonsense (but lighthearted) resource for everyone who is interested in herbal teas and the science behind them. We will go in-depth on the various herbal teas available in our shop, and also will explore the world of matcha, antioxidants, superfoods and how these can all be incorporated into a healthy lifestyle. We will also share our experiences from traveling the world to try and discover teas, as Vientiene and I have been doing for the last four years. We have had some fun and interesting experiences that we will be sharing with you. As part of this, we have some yummy tea recipes, both for cooking with your tea and also for making ideal tea accompaniments.

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Welcome to the Matcha Alternatives Blog!

Posted by Elizabeth Taeed on

This blog is a no-nonsense (but lighthearted) resource for everyone who is interested in herbal teas and the science behind them. We will go in-depth on the various herbal teas available in our shop, and also will explore the world of matcha, antioxidants, superfoods and how these can all be incorporated into a healthy lifestyle. We will also share our experiences from traveling the world to try and discover teas, as Vientiene and I have been doing for the last four years. We have had some fun and interesting experiences that we will be sharing with you. As part of this, we have some yummy tea recipes, both for cooking with your tea and also for making ideal tea accompaniments.

Read more