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Making Great Coffee

There is nothing that beautifies your morning like a great cup of coffee, it has become a habit to all of us, and that is something that we can all agree to, that we prefer coffee nowadays than having tea in the morning, this is a going on trend which I do not think will come to an end very soon since each and everyone is always looking forward to having a fantastic mug of coffee, than anything else in the morning when the sun rises.

There are also a number of ways to how you can get an amazing cup of coffee in the morning, one can decide to go to the cafeteria and buy a cup of coffee for himself or else, one can also choose to make his cup of coffee in the house instead of going to the cafeteria for the same, those who go to the cafeteria mostly do not have the experience of making a cup of coffee for themselves or have no enough time for the process.

Different experts have brought forward, so many ways or rules to making great coffee, coffee that can get you rise very early in the morning because you do not wish to miss that cup of coffee before you go to work, these rules are numerous, and we may not be able to exhaust all of them at one, but on the other hand, we can look at some of them so we can have an idea of making great coffee in the same way.

Let us start by checking the rule that comes in the beginning, which is the acquisition of fresh beans, if you wish to make a great cup of coffee, my friend, you have and you must at all cost acquire fresh beans of coffee, because if you get the ones that have stayed on the display for days or weeks, then you will have only yourself to blame since they will have already absorbed moisture and will not be at all pleasant.

The next rule of making great coffee, keeping of the coffee beans being fresh, there is no need of acquiring fresh beans and then when you get to your house, you do not keep the beans fresh, this will still lead to you making coffee that will be very disappointing to you and you will not like it at all. Other rules are choosing of coffee that is good, grinding coffee that is your own, the usage of clean water, not using filters which are cheap and checking the heat.

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The Essentials of Teas – Revisited

Matcha Green Tea – How It Helps Your Health

Matcha green tea’s history and cultivation process is interesting, but what counts the most to drinkers is its health advantages. If you’re still not a regular matcha green tea drinker, you’re lagging behind the times!

Below are the key health benefits of this wonder drink:

Cancer Prevention

The most significant catechin contained in green tea is EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate), which is found to be a major anti-carcinogen as well. According to a 2003 University of Colorado study, 1 cup of matcha green tea contains up to 137 times more EGCG antioxidants than there are in a cup of the typical green tea.

Anti-aging

The Okinawans of Japan are some of the world’s oldest people living today. Their longevity has been attributed in part to habitual consumption of matcha green tea. Matcha green tea is Japan’s most popular green tea, but is fast gaining more popularity all around the world for of its ability to fight oxidation, inflammation, and aging.

LDL”BAD” Cholesterol Reduction

Based on a 2011 study, whose results were discussed in an American Journal of Clinical Nutrition issue, matcha green tea and other kinds of green tea or extracts, considerably lower LDL or bad cholesterol levels in the body when taken regularly.

Weight Control

In a research study featured in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in 1999, catechin-rich green tea extracts were found to promote fat oxidation and thermogenesis more than the drink’s caffeine stores could explain. More specificially, researchers found that drinking green tea jacked up thermogenesis, the rate at which the body burns calories, from 8-10% to 35-43%.

Yet another research demonstrated that drinking matcha green tea and exercising immediately after, led to 25% more fat burned at the end of the exercise. Moreover, in both studies, it is hinted that matcha green tea enhances not only the body’s fat-burning rate but its resting metabolic rate as well!

Detoxification

As it is grown in the shade, matcha contains more chlorophyll than all other types green tea. Besides giving leaves their green color, chlorophyll also cleanses the body of an entire range of toxins and hormone disrupters.

Brain Power

In matcha green tea is 5 times more L-theanine, a stress-relieving amino acid, than in the typical green tea. This allows the beverage to enhance focus and clarity of mind minus the jittery effects produced by coffee.

Healthy Bowel

Finally, organic matcha leaves are abundant in easily-absorbable dietary fiber, which is known to promote good bowel movement and stabilize blood sugar. Dietary fiber benefits are many, but mainly, it works to promote healthy bowel movement and stabilize blood sugar levels in the body.

Who knows what other matcha tea benefits there are? It’s great that you can now buy it in various convenient forms nowadays, although the most popular is still the organic matcha powder. You can even get a matcha tea set for a fuller experience. Don’t forget to include a matcha whisk that does the job just right. Unless you try, you’ll never discover.