by Mike

Matcha Health Benefits

October 24, 2013 in Health Benefits of Tea by Mike



Matcha is a green tea in powdered form often used as a component in cooking and in the traditional tea ceremony of Japan. This tea is quite different from several other normal green teas due to its unique processing mechanism.  In addition, when black and green tea is boiled and drained, this matcha does not go through the same process. Its entire tea leaf is consumed. Matcha tea contains very little calories and sodium content. Apart from vitamins and protein, matcha is also rich in fiber and antioxidants compared to other steeped teas.

There are several reasons to consider Matcha as one of the healthy green tea which is widely used across the globe. Some of the most prominent and talked about matcha health benefits include:

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by Mike

Does Black Tea Beat Green Tea for Heart Health?

October 19, 2013 in Health Benefits of Tea by Mike

By Michael A. Smith, MD


The popularity of green tea is well-deserved and completely understandable given the numerous health benefits it offers. Not a day goes by without some new clinical research demonstrating its benefits and solidifying its top position in the supplement industry. But emerging cardiovascular research is about to turn green tea black. Read the rest of this entry →

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Black tea Research Exerpts

October 19, 2013 in Health Benefits of Tea by Mike

teaflavonoidsTea graph from the Linus Pauling Institute.

A long-term study by the Netherlands National Institute of Public Health and the Environment found a correlation between regular consumption of black tea and reduced risk of stroke. Read the rest of this entry →

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Chill Out

October 12, 2013 in Health Benefits of Tea by Mike

by Dr Ronald Hoffman

Clinical Nutritionist for the Hoffman Center. Faculty member of the American College for the Advancement in Medicine


Avoid Karoshi! In Japansese, karoshi means “death from over work.” Stress is legendary in Japan — so much so that according to Labor Ministry statistics there had been twenty-one case of karoshi in 1987, twenty-nine cases in 1988 and thirty cases in 1989. But a liaison council of attorneys established in 1988 to monitor deaths from overwork estimated in 1990 that over 10,000 people were dying each year from karoshi. Read the rest of this entry →

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L-Theanine in Tea

October 12, 2013 in Health Benefits of Tea by Mike

Self Medicating Anxiety with Tea? by John Lee

Reducing Anxiety with Theanine

Making the case for a cup of tea…an amino acid in tea may be just what you need to feel less anxious.



Whether taken as a supplement or in cups of tea, l-theanine is safe and helps many people reduce stress and anxiety. Research shows that l-theanine induces alert/relaxed thinking states, reduces your fight-or flight response to stressful events and helps protect the mind from stress-linked thinking and memory deficits. Read the rest of this entry →

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Turning over a new leaf By Ye Jun (China Daily)

December 29, 2012 in Uncategorized by Mike

Turning over a new leaf
By Ye Jun (China Daily)

Tea has become more than just a beverage – some Chinese chefs are taking it to the soup pot, frying pan and mixing bowl to create many exciting and healthy dishes. Read the rest of this entry →

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Visiting Mauna Kea Tea

December 21, 2012 in Uncategorized by Mike

kimberlyRob and I, along with our dear friend Sylvana, had the distinct pleasure to visit Mauna Kea Tea Gardens today.  Here we were on the old Mamalahoa highway, in the heavy rain, driving up to Ahualoa under the towering Eucalyptus trees. I was transported back to the late 70’s when I first discovered this very special area of the Big Island.  Driving the winding road past the same old plantation homes, it was as if nothing had changed. Of course, Mauna Kea Tea was not here back then but today, it seemed as if it always was. Read the rest of this entry →

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Drinking tea may help prevent chronic illnesses

September 20, 2012 in Health Benefits of Tea by Mike

Drinking tea may help prevent chronic illnesses
by Yagana Shah, USA TODAY

Research has long shown the antioxidant properties and health benefits of drinking tea, but new findings suggest that tea may also have significant preventative properties against chronic disease.

Recent findings were discussed Wednesday at the Fifth International Scientific Symposium on Tea and Human Health in Washington, D.C.

“If there’s anything that can confidently be communicated to the public, it’s the ability of tea to be associated and demonstrated in the primary prevention of chronic disease,” says meeting chair Jeffrey Blumberg, a professor in Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University, Boston. Read the rest of this entry →

by Mike

the Science of Taste and Flavor

August 8, 2012 in Teas by Mike

Chas, from ATMA,  sent this article regarding the science of taste and flavor:

This was an interesting analysis and good food for thought. It is very detailed, with valid scientific facts. My criticism would be that while I agree that the concept of taste is complex, I don’t agree that it is necessary to make Tea Tasting really this complicated? I guess for some, this analysis is useful, but for me, the sensory evaluation of Tea is more simple and enjoyable and not so cerebral. Read the rest of this entry →

by Rob

Summer Begins at Onomea Tea!

June 26, 2012 in Processing, Uncategorized by Rob

L to R, Mike, Rob, Justin, Janice and Gary



Our summer harvests are beginning! After pruning about a month ago our tea is flushing again. We spent a cloudy Friday picking our upper field. Our friends, Janice and Gary were as surprised as we were when we looked at the time and noticed we’d been picking non stop for 7 hours. WOW! The result was a wonderful black tea, rich with caramel notes and honey aromas. Read the rest of this entry →