Matcha Facial Recipe

Matcha is ground up tea leaves from the Camellia sinensis plant. The powdered green tea has a number of culinary uses, including smoothies, ice cream, and general drinking. The same reasons that make it good to drink, make it good to apply as a face mask. Just one week using this recipe, you’ll start to notice the difference in your skin.

Skin Benefits of Matcha Green Tea

  • Clears Blemishes, Helps Treat Acne
  • Reduces Scarring
  • Protects and neutralizes UV Damage
  • Reduces Inflammation
  • Rejuvenates old skin cells
  • Reduces appearance of wrinkles
  • Evens Skin Tone


  • 1/2 tsp organic matcha (sifted to remove clumps)
  • 1/2 tsp honey
  • 1/2 tsp spring water


  • Mix ingredients thoroughly in a shallow dish. Use a cotton ball, cosmetic sponge, or your finger to mix.
  • First time trying this? Try on a patch of skin first to see how your skin reacts.
  • With a cotton ball or cosmetic sponge, apply the matcha generously on your face. Let sit for 10 minutes.
  • Remove with a clean, damp cloth. Rinse face, pat dry, and apply a moisturizer.

Try the routine at least 2 weeks to observe significant results.

Have you tried a matcha face mask? Let us know how it works for you!


Tea Tree Sketches

Caffeine Comparison: Tea vs Coffee vs Cola vs Energy Drinks

Coffee vs tea caffeine

Image courtesy Greg Rodgers, Flickr

Did you ever wonder how tea stacks up to coffee, cola, and energy drinks when it comes to caffeine? It’s all here, including some other interesting food items.

This is from an FDA study. We provide a gram to gram comparison and a per-serving comparison. While some items are high in caffeine, their serving size is small, which can minimize the caffeine you consume overall.

Tea Infographic: Health Benefits and Consumption

Check out this fun tea infographic about tea health benefits and US consumption

Tea infographic, health benefits and consumption


Irish Tea Party – Green Tea Cocktail

Irish Tea Party Cocktail Recipe

Celebrate your St. Patrick’s Day with this refreshing green tea cocktail. All you need is some green tea, Jameson Irish whiskey, and an Absinthe rinse.


  • 4 parts gunpowder green tea, sweetened and chilled
  • 1 part Jameson Irish Whiskey
  • 1/2 part Absinthe
  • Lime slice for garnish


  • Rinse glass with Pernod Absinthe.
  • Add ice.
  • Pour Jameson over the ice.
  • Add Green tea and garnish with a lime slice.

Pairing Food with Tea

Tea, Food Paring: what teas go well with meals

Beer, wine, and coffee are common companions to many meals. However, tea is a great tasting and healthy alternative. Plus there are many options, from a light flavored white tea, to a full bodied and robust Assam tea. Here is a guideline for what teas go well with different type of foods.

White Tea

White tea is very smooth and delicate. It’s best paired with light flavored foods, such as salads, rice dishes, and lighter dessert items.

Green Tea

Green tea has a vegetative, grassy smoothness and a medium body. It’s well suited for subtly flavored foods such as seafood, rice, and chicken.

A more robust Pinhead Gunpowder green tea pairs well with Asian or Middle Eastern foods. A cool refreshing Moroccan Mint tea does wonders for digestion.

Oolong Tea

A popular tea served in Chinese restaurants, oolong tea goes well with many foods. A greener Jade Oolong will go well with chicken, seafood, and fruits. A toastier Wu Yi Oolong will hold up well to heavier dishes such as grilled meats and duck.

Black Tea

Another versatile beverage, black tea goes well with a wide range of foods. A lighter bodied Second-Flus Darjeeling goes well with salads, seafood, and chicken. A fuller bodied Keemun or Yunnan goes well with Chinese foods; spicy Mexican, Italian, or Indian dishes. While robust Assam teas and breakfast teas go well hearty foods, breakfast items, and decadent desserts.

Try a pine smoked Lapsang Souchong or Russian Caravan for barbeque food or smoked salmon; anything that can benefit from a smoky finish.


A traditional Indian beverage with spices, chai is great for hearty dishes and dessert items. With milk and sugar, chai is a warming, filling beverage that is a meal all its own.


Pu-erh is great for large meals. This fermented tea is exceptionally smooth and full-bodied, and has been used for centuries in China as a digestive aid. It has a number of compounds that cut grease and limit fat absorption. Serve this after a large meal, or with oily foods and red meats.

Herbal Teas

For late meals or for those with caffeine sensitivity, a nice herbal tea might be ideal. An herbal peppermint tea soothes the stomach. A sweet and full-bodied rooibos blend goes well with desserts. Try a Cranberry Apple tisane to pair with desserts, or maybe a Chamomile Lavender tisane to wrap up the evening.

Tea Infographic

Tea infographic, courtesy of

March is National Caffeine Awareness Month

It’s National Caffeine Awareness Month, a good time to evaluate your caffeine consumption. What’s your guilty pleasure? A pot of coffee? A few cans of energy drink? A bag of chocolate covered espresso beans? Just how much caffeine do you consume?

Check out our Caffeine Comparison of Popular Items to find out how much caffeine you’re really consuming.

Looking to kick your coffee craving in the morning? Check out these Top 5 Coffee Substitutes to get you started.

Whatever your craving, take time to cut back and let your body slow down a little.

Check out our decaf teas, our herbal and rooibos tisanes to find a caffeine free bevarage to get you through March!

How To Serve and Sell Tea in Your Café, Coffee Shop, or Restaurant

sell tea in your coffee shop

Here are some important considerations while planning to sell tea in your store.

Determine the number of teas you would like to offer

The wider variety of tea you stock, the more customers you can satisfy. You can check out our best selling coffee shop teas or our best selling seasonal teas to help get you started. If you are a wholesale customer with us, we can help you build your selection.

Consider the meal periods, and what teas best suit your menu

Depending on your menu and meal periods, certain teas will work better than others for you. This is a personal process depending on your menu and preferences. Check out our article on food and tea parings to find out the best tea for your shop. If you are a wholesale customer with us, contact us for advice.

What will you serve the teas in?

Here are some ideal vessels for brewing tea

  • The French Press (14 or 32 ounce)
  • Iron Pots (11 ounce or larger)
  • Real Tea Pots, Brown Betty, Pottery and Porcelain, (3-4 cups minimum)
  • Tea Makers (20 ounces)

All these vessels make more than a cup at a time and also make a nice presentation. The 14-ounce French press makes 2 cups and the tea maker makes 20 ounces. Both items are extremely popular in the shops and restaurants because of the ease and convenience but in actuality they make an excellent cup of tea and that’s the key point when using quality tea. Replacement beakers are available for the 14, 32 and 40 ounce presses and tea makers. If you can have these available to sell, do it. Customers like to buy the exotic and unusual tea supplies, especially what they see the experts using.

Teapots are nice for sit-in customers who have time to relax. Many come with (set in) infusers or for those without, the filters work well or a tea ball on a chain. Have a nice assortment of teapots for sale (especially the ones you use) if your operation allows space. Your profits will elevate with more retail products available to the consumer. Remember, the customer is looking for a unique experience. You can provide this and increase your sale with tea accessories.

How to make tea

Measuring Teas (for To-Go and Sit-down Service):

Always use a teaspoon for measuring. Common rule of thumb for tea measuring is:

  • 1 teaspoon, level = a 6-8 oz. cup.
  • 1 heaping tsp. = 12 oz. Cup
  • 1 ½ -2 tsp. = 16-20 oz. Cup (will do 16-20 ounces)

Tea Yields

A pound of tea yields 200-225 cups of tea. 1 tsp. per cup, approximately 6-8 ounces

For detailed instructions, visit our how to brew tea page.

Will you be selling tea to go?

For to-go service, we suggest using paper tea filters (size 2 or 3 is best), which will make up to a large cup, 20 ounces. Test all your water sources for the exact temperatures of the hot water drip. Train your staff to use the proper amount of tea for the cup size (use a regular teaspoon for measuring) and the proper water temperature for each type offered. Have filters available for purchase by your customers. These are different and we find our retail customers love them. They are available in unbleached or hemp in a variety of sizes.

To-Go Filter Sizes:

  • Size 1, 100 box, individual box or 12 box/cs, makes 1 cup (6-8 oz.).
  • Size 2, 100 box, individual box or case, 10-12 oz. Or 2 cups
  • Size 3, 100 box individual box or 12/case, best for 12-20 oz. to-go cup
  • Size 4, 100 box, makes 12 cups for pitchers or larger containers

Where are your hot water sources?

Ideally, you will have hot water at 185°F for green, white, and oolong teas, and 212°F for black and herbal teas. Your hot water dispenser(s) should have enough capacity to give you hot water during your busy periods. Nothing’s worse than running out of hot water.

What would you like to store your teas in?

Ideally, you will want to store your teas in a sealed container, out of direct sunlight. Read our article on how to store loose leaf tea.


Have a savvy tea taster try them. Make the teas correctly or call and ask for directions (on each package/sample).

Selling Tea

Bulk sales are encouraged in shops where applicable as this is an untapped and ever growing market. In order to sell bulk tea, you will need something to package your teas in, preferrably with branding labels. You will also need an accurate scale to measure out your tea. It helps to have instructions on your labels to help customers who aren’t familiar with making loose leaf tea.

Caffeine Content of Loose Leaf Tea

The Short Answer:

Here is a general guideline for how much the average cup of tea will have:

The Long Answer

Black tea, green tea, oolong tea, and white tea all contain caffeine. It’s commonly believed that black tea has the highest caffeine content while green and white tea has the lowest caffeine content. However, this isn’t always true.

Oxidation Doesn’t Affect Caffeine Content

What makes a green tea different from a black tea? Oxidation. All teas start from a freshly plucked leaf. It’s all about how long they’re allowed to sit out and naturally break down. During this process, the caffeine content remains the same. So the same leaf made into a green or a black tea will have the same caffeine.

What Affects Caffeine Content in Tea?

Caffeine molecule

  • Steeping Time: The longer you steep a tea, the more caffeine you get. That’s part of the reason why black tea tends to have more caffeine, because it steeps longer than green or white tea.
  • Steeping Temperature: The hotter the water, the more caffeine gets in your pot of tea.
  • Size of Harvested Leaf: Tea buds have the highest caffeine content. The lower leafs on the tea tree have lower caffeine. Guess what teas generally use the most tea buds? White teas and premium grade teas. Check out this article to see a fun graphic on how much caffeine is in each part of the leaf.
  • Fineness of Finished Tea: Some teas like oolongs have broad leaves when steeped. However, many breakfast teas have a broken leaf. Broken tea leaves lead to more caffeine getting released in your cup of tea.
  • Shading: A shade grown tea like Gyokuro will have a higher caffeine content than a tea grown in full sun.
  • Assam vs Chinese varieties: Indian Assam varieties of tea tend to have more caffeine than Chinese varieties.
  • Time Harvested: Tea harvested in warm months tends to have higher caffeine than teas grown in the cooler months.
  • Multiple Infusions Reduces Caffeine: To see how much caffeine is removed per infusion, check out this article with a fun graphic.


Fun Fact: Did you know that on average, the caffeine in 2 cups of tea equals 1 cup of coffee? Source: FDA