Happy New Year everyone!  I hope your year has gotten off to a good start, but if not and you are feeling bunged up and burned out after a few weeks of 2011 then it’s time to get the kettle on and brew yourself some tea!

Where to start?  There are many teas at Local Coffee + Tea that we can recommend you drink at this time of year to restore your energy and vitality but I would like to concentrate today on Green Tea.   Again, we have many varieties to choose from and the key is finding one that suits you.  If you like the taste of a particular tea, the chances are you will drink more, so experiment till you find the tea for you.

There is a green tea you should take note of.  Matcha is finely ground powdered green tea and is one of the healthiest beverages you can ingest.  When you drink matcha you are ingesting the whole leaf rather than an infusion of the tea leaf.

Matcha Green Tea

Most of green tea benefits are gained from 2 components, a family of antioxidants called catechins which include EGCG (or epigallocatechin- 3 gallate) and an amino acid called L-Theanine.   EGCG protects against cell damage that can result in disease.   Several medical reports indicate that green tea has anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties.   L-Theanine boosts the brain’s levels of alpha waves which in turn leads to greater mental focus and feeling of relaxation.  There is evidence that theanine also counteracts any negative behavior of caffeine.

Matcha is said to contain 10 times the antioxidants of regular green tea and the same goes for L-Theanine content.  If you cannot manage between 4 and 9 cups of regular green tea then have 1 or 2 cups of matcha every day.

Matcha can be served many ways, again find what works for you.  I am a juicer so blend right into my daily serving of fresh juice.  You can add to your water bottle, make an iced or hot latte with soy, almond or rice milk or simply drink a shot straight up.  We offer a ceremonial grade of Matcha as well as an Organic grade.

Green Tea Ice Cream

You can make ice cream too.  Check out a previous post along with a recipe for green tea ice cream.  Also, I have had customers tell me that they add matcha to their regular cuppa tea.  Matcha is all good, so you need to start drinking matcha NOW.

There are some other traditional green teas you should know about.  Goji Green contains the ‘superfruit’ gojiberry which also has powerful anti-oxidants.

We offer several unflavored green teas including Chunmee Taipan Superior, Pinhead Gunpowder and an unusual fair trade, raw tea from Kenya called Kosabei Plantation.  Our classic Jasmine green tea is very delicate and our very popular Strawberry Smile make those cups of tea go down really easy!

Look out for my next blog which will include some of our herbal teas which also have healing properties.  Time to put the kettle on, hope you are doing the same!  Good health and happiness for 2011 and make sure you ‘take time for tea’.

Cheers,

the TeaLady