For different teas to get just the right flavor, and to release the antioxidants, they have to be steeped at just the right temperature.

I’ve been looking for a good easy solution to getting the right temperature for tea. My whistling tea pot cannot be counted on to whistle consistently at the same temperature. Rather, it blows after boil, and how long after the boil begins is dependent on how tight I pushed the whistle stopper in.

Not a good solution.

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Caffeine Content of Matcha Green Tea

by Matthew Burgess on June 17, 2010

What if I told you that matcha uses half the caffeine of coffee to give you as much energy for twice as long, with less jitters.

Sound too good to be true? The secret is in the whisk. Read on and learn why matcha tea I such a win-win-win.

Our readers have been asking about the caffeine content of matcha green tea as opposed to regular tea. The simple answer is that matcha has just as much, if not more, caffeine than regular tea does. However, the preparation and brewing method of matcha makes a positive difference in the overall effect of caffeine on your body.

It is true that because matcha is made from crushed whole tea leaves, the caffeine content is somewhat higher than that of bagged tea. In fact, the caffeine level of matcha can actually equal half the level of a black cup of coffee.

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Antioxidant Levels Compared in Matcha & Leaf Green Tea

by Matthew Burgess on June 8, 2010

Some of our readers have asked us to explain the antioxidant levels in matcha powder green tea as oppose to leaf green tea. As always, we’re happy to oblige.

(And by the way, keep the comments coming!)

A majority the health benefits you enjoy from drinking green are due to the high level of antioxidants present in the plant. Epicgallocatechin gallate (EGCg) is a potent cancer-busting antioxidant that is only found in green tea. However, there is definitely a difference between the level of EGCg found in matcha versus in leaf tea.

A 2003 study conducted at the University of Colorado found that matcha green tea had nearly 200 times the amount of EGCg than a common brand of leaf green tea.

Why such a radical disparity? It’s due entirely to the way matcha is prepared.

Traditional matcha is prepared by whisking powdered tea into hot water. The powder itself is a more highly concentrated (and we think more delicious) version of leaf green tea, so it makes sense that it contains more of the antioxidant properties of the plant.

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The antioxidants in green tea are known to prevent cancer and promote good heart health, but a study has just been published that shows that green tea has the potential to heal eye ailments, like glaucoma. [click to continue…]

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Green Tea Antixodants Reduces Risk of Lung Cancer

by Matthew Burgess on March 26, 2010

States all over the country are cracking down on smoking. A huge number of private establishments and public places are now thankfully smoke-free zones, which is great news for everyone concerned about the hazards of second-hand smoke. However, there’s still a risk of lung cancer due to carcinogens in the air, whether or not you’ve got a smoking habit.

One way to mitigate this risk? Drinking green tea.

You probably already know that green tea is packed full of the cancer-busting antioxidant EGCG. Recent studies in China and Arizona show that drinking green tea can prove effective in reducing the risk of lung cancer, especially if you don’t smoke.

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by Matthew Burgess on March 2, 2010

Tea Geek is an online community dedicated to providing information and high-quality tea products to tea lovers everywhere. This members-only site was started by Michael J. Coffey, a knowledgeable professional with many years in the tea industry.

The site includes a blog, a wiki, and an online store. Anyone who has a passion for tea of all-kinds should definitely check it out.

Although you don’t have to be a member to purchase tea or read the Tea Geek blog, purchasing a membership has great benefits. You automatically receive a 15% discount [click to continue…]

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Studies Show That Green Tea is Good For Your Skin

by Matthew Burgess on February 27, 2010

A commenter requested links to studies we’ve referenced regarding green tea’s power to protect the skin from a multitude of irritants, especially the sun. First of all, thanks for the inquiry. Secondly, we’re happy to oblige!

There have been many studies conducted on the various benefits of consuming green tea. Here are three studies that focused exclusively on the dermatological effects of green tea.

A pertinent study of the dermatological benefits of green tea was conducted in 2000 by Santosh K. Katiyar, Ph.D., Nihal Ahmad, Ph.D., and Hasan Mukhtar, Ph.D., of the Department of Dermatology at Case Western Reserve University in Ohio. The researchers’ goal was to test the polyphenolic compounds in green tea for their anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and anti-carcinogenic properties. [click to continue…]

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Matcha Tea Facial in Action from @jamie_montreal

January 25, 2010

So, we wrote recently about how you can use matcha green tea powder to create an amazing homemade facial. Well, our Twitter friend @jamie_montreal was brave enough to try it. She shared the following: I was reasonably attractive, then I took advice from @MachoMatcha – now I’m stunning ;-) and my skin is now baby [...]

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Tea 101 from Samovar Tea Lounge

December 18, 2009

Tea-Sommelier Christine Savage from Samovar Tea Lounge as we discuss “tea basics.” What is Tea? How to determine quality tea. How to brew tea. Very informative. Share on Facebook

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Matcha For Your Skin

December 18, 2009

OK, we’re branching out from the Tough Guy Routine. Matcha green tea isn’t just for drinking. Although the finely ground powder is meant to be whisked into a frothy cup of tea, you can actually use it for a whole host of things.  One really cool way of using matcha is using it as the [...]

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More Online Matcha Resources

December 17, 2009

Here are a few more sites that we’ve found. Japanese Green Tea ( – This awesome website has a wide range of organic matcha teas, with varieties from specific regions in Japan. They also sell inexpensive matcha tea sets that you can use at home to evoke a traditional Japanese matcha tea ceremony. Teanobi ( [...]

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Purchasing Matcha Online

December 12, 2009

Here’s a quick list of great matcha green tea providers. We love these brands for the great taste of their high-quality leaves. Remember, you can use matcha powder in a tons of different recipes, as well as in tea. From cupcakes to lattes, matcha green tea is a really flexible ingredient that adds both color [...]

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A New Spin On Holiday Sweets With Matcha

December 10, 2009

The holidays are the season for baked goods and desserts. Cookies, cakes, tarts, pies – they’re inexpensive, easy to make, and loved by everyone. Do you know a single person that would turn down a tin of homemade holiday cookies or a moist Christmas cake? I sure don’t! This holiday season, give a new spin [...]

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Matcha Green Tea Helps Woman Find Inner Peace

December 10, 2009

Here’s a nice story. A Pittsburgh woman has credited an interest in Japanese tea rituals to helping her find a spiritual center to her life. Mrs. Schurko used to work 80-hour weeks in her job in corporate finance. Now, she spends hours performing a leisurely — almost meditative — traditional Japanese tea ceremony. I was [...]

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Matcha versus Regular Green Tea

December 9, 2009

Green tea is green tea is green tea. Right? Actually no. There are major distinctions between different types of green tea. These differences often impact the level of good-for-you antioxidants traditionally found in the beverage. As we’ve discussed before, antioxidants are scientifically proven to promote longevity, cleanse the body, encourage weight loss, and slow aging. [...]

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What Is An Antioxidant?

December 5, 2009

Antioxidant is a word that is used more often than it’s understood. Nutritionists, health gurus, and marketers alike constantly tell us about the great benefits of antioxidants, such as preventing or slowing cancer and promting a youthful appearance, but rarely do we receive an explanation of what antioxidants are, what they do, and where they [...]

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Why is Green Tea Good For You?

December 3, 2009

There are very few foods in the world that are completely good for you. Green tea happens to be one of them. Numerous studies have been conducted on the health promoting properties of green tea with astounding results. Consuming green tea on a daily basis can prevent cancer, curb your appetite for weight loss, lower [...]

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Traditional Matcha Tea Preparation

November 27, 2009

Aiya, a maker of traditional green tea, also has a short little video on how to prepare matcha. Aiya – Preparation of Traditional Matcha Share on Facebook

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How to Prepare Matcha Green Tea

November 27, 2009

Here’s a short video with a nice demonstration of how to use the wisk with your matcha green tea powder. Share on Facebook

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Hello Green Tea, Goodbye Stress

November 26, 2009

The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition just published a study on stress reduction from green tea. The research team from Tohoku University Graduate School of Medicine in Japan concluded that consuming sufficient quantities of green tea improved their psychological well-being.   See more details from Green tea eases stress and fatigue from overworking Share on [...]

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