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Did you know that tea is the most widely consumed drink in the world? Packed with tons of health benefits, this beverage has always been a delicious staple with staying power. While it is true that all tea comes from the same plant, this does not necessarily mean that all tea is fundamentally the same. Join us as we take a closer look at the two most popular tea varietals: green tea and black tea.

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While water makes up the bulk of any cup of tea, most people may not think twice about the various ways it can alter your tea experience. In this week’s blog post, we will touch upon the importance of water in tea for both Matcha and other Japanese green teas.

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Matcha’s recent rise in popularity among health enthusiasts and professionals comes with no surprise when considering the many health benefits it offers. Of those perks, we would like to take the time to talk about one of them in detail, Matcha’s natural energy boost.

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On the surface, blending Matcha might not seem remarkable. The mechanisms are simple – combining tea leaves from one batch with leaves from another batch. However, the art of blending Matcha is much more than just tossing together tea leaves. Properly blending Matcha is the secret to achieving consistent flavor, aroma, and quality, and to ensuring that you get to enjoy the same delicious cup of Matcha every single time.

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This is an image of ingredients for a DIY Matcha green tea face mask.

In today’s growing beauty industry, consumers are constantly on the lookout for different products and ways to protect their skin. Popular tips like applying a daily moisturizer with SPF, exfoliating with a face scrub, and staying hydrated with water have become embedded “musts” in most skin care routines. However, there are tons of other innovative skin care techniques to consider, especially when it comes to using products with all-natural, nontoxic ingredients.

Recent studies on the effects of green tea on skin have encouraged medical professionals, dermatologists, and beauty bloggers alike to give the green light on this green superfood. As a result, more companies have been including forms of green tea into their skin care products. Get the same positive effects, while giving your skin a little TLC with this simple, 3-ingredient DIY Matcha green tea face mask.

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All teas are not created equal - so it should come as no surprise that all teas are not prepared the same way. When evaluating teas, the process of preparing a rich, amazing cup of tea is as important as the tea itself.

For the best Matcha making experience, it is recommended to pick up a few key items: a high-quality ceremonial grade Matcha green tea; a bamboo whisk, a tea bowl, and more. On-the-surface, though the process may seem a bit complicated, it can actually become a relaxing morning ritual. Regardless, if you are new to this amazing superfood, we’re here to help!

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Matcha powder ceremoniously whisked in water to create a frothy bowl of green tea can almost feel like a Zen experience. Not only is it enjoyable to make, but it is also delicious to drink. While other types of green tea offer your body great health benefits, Matcha is different. In fact, it is one of the most potent, healthy drinks on the planet.

Believe it or not, this tea has been around for hundreds of years. Over time, Japanese Buddhist monks have come to understand the numerous benefits that Matcha green tea provides for the body. Drinking one bowl in the morning can make a difference in your health. All in all, Matcha powder can help to keep your body and mind healthier and happier.

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Simply put, Matcha is nature’s own energy drink.

Matcha is a shade-grown, powdered Japanese green tea made from the finest tea leaves. It is dubbed a high-quality, premium tea type, as a result of its careful growing and processing techniques. Extremely high in antioxidants, amino acids, and other nutrients, Matcha has gained popularity within multiple industries thanks to its superfood qualities and versatile ingredient properties.

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