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Tea Guide

Loose Leaf and Gourmet Tea vs.
Supermarket Tea

Like the many people who have switched from Sanka, Maxwell House or Folgers coffee after trying Starbucks so are folks today realizing the vast difference in quality and taste of loose leaf, Gourmet and Matcha green tea powdered teas. The varieties offered in your local supermarket are the bottom of the barrel: low-quality bags containing tea dust - the tiny leaf particles that break off when tea leaves are processed. Furthermore, many of these teas don't even come from the rich estate tea producing countries like China, India, Japan or Sri Lanka where they are carefully cultivated. In fact, most of these low grade teas come from South America. The manufacturers will add coloring to enhance your cup, but not much flavor. A far cry from the abundance of flavor and intoxicating aroma found in a cup of full-leaf gourmet tea. Once you try our teas, you will never want to drink anything sold in the supermarket again.

Matcha vs. Other Green Teas

Shizuoka Tea Farm Matcha green tea powder and mixes are the healthiest of all the green teas because you utilize the entire tea leaf. Matcha is cultivated in Japan near Tokyo, mainly in the Shizuoka and Uji districts. Almost 150,00 acres are used to yield almost 15,000 pounds of tea per year - surely a world record. This is due to the warm climate, dense fogs, consistant rains and heavy dews. Japanese tea farmers grow the bushes side by side in rows and the fields look like rolling waves (pictured left). This makes it easy for their mechanical clippers to harvest the tea and is another reason why they efficiently produce so much tea. However, it actually takes one pound of green tea leaf to make approximately 1.5 ounces of Matcha powder. After the green leaves are harvested the stems and veins are removed, the pure leaves are finely milled to yield this intensely pure green tea powder. As you can visualize it is a tedious and expenseive process to make Matcha green tea powder.

Matcha has become more profoundly consumed recently, in the United States, due to its versatility for beverages and other culinary recipes. That's why it is Island Teas top seller!

Read instructions on the best ways to brew, infuse, steep and store tea at Tea Brewing. To make Matcha or for other healthy Matcha beverage and cooking ideas see Matcha Recipes.

Find the answers to the most frequently asked questions about tea.

Want to understand tea terms? Here's a quick reference to the most common tea terms.

Learn about the caffeine content in various beverages, chocolate and over the counter medications at caffeine chart.

Travel through time - China, Japan, Great Britain, the Colonies and modern times with tea. Discover the legends and history of tea at tea history. For you Matcha fans, learn about the Japanese Tea Ceremony. Take a look at the tea cultivating regions of the world with our tea map.

Learn all there is to know about tea with our recommended reading, references and tea books.

Assam Tea

Assam Tea From near the Himalayan hils comes this black tea known for its malty and rich flavor.

Black Teas

Loose Leaf Black Tea We sell delicious Assam, Ceylon, Darjeeling, English Breakfast, Chinese Keemun and smokey Lapsang Souchong.


Herbal Chai Tea Traditional Indian Spiced herbal tea and caffeine free herbal blends also used for cappuccinos.

Decaffeinated Teas

Decaf Tea Our decaf teas are made by using the CO2 method. No harsh chemical process!

English Tea

English Tea Buy Island Teas English Breakfast and Earl Grey tea blends.

Flavored Teas

Natural Flavored Tea We blend all of our flavored teas with natural flavoring weekly, So, it doesn't get any fresher than this!

Green Tea Health

Health Benefits of Green Tea Learn all about the wonderful health benefits that green tea offers.

Green Tea

Green Tea Extract Our green tea extract is sold in bulk bags at a minimum of 10 pounds. It is a spray dried extract. It is 100% tea; there are no colors, carriers or fillers used in its manufacture and has a potency of 4:1.
Instant Green Tea Mix New Best Seller - Save money and make your own Frappuccinos like Starbucks at home with our instant Matcha green tea Frappe powder. It's healthier than Starbucks - fast - easy - delicious - healthy and low in caffeine.
Matcha Latte & Smoothie Mix Delicious instant green tea mix. Just add water and stir. Add fruit for smoothies.
Matcha Exquisite Japanese Matcha green tea powder from Shizuoka Japan.
Matcha Bulk Buy Exquisite Japanese Matcha green tea powder from Shizuoka Japan wholesale bulk.
Green Tea Recipes Free healthy and delicious Matcha green tea powder recipes like smoothies, lattes', frappucinnos, Sauces & Stocks, Appitizers, Poultry, Fish & Meats, Vegetarian, Rice & Noodles Dishes and Desserts .
Chinese Green Tea Premium loose leaf and gunpowder green teas from China.
Japanese Green Tea Delicate and healthy Sencha green tea from Japan.

Herbal Tea

Herbal Tea Fantastic and delicious herbal teas blended with pesticide free natural herbs.

Green Tea Ceremony

Japanese Tea Ceremony The Japanese are well known for serving their exclusively cultivated Matcha green tea powder for the tea ceremony.

Instant Tea

Instant Teas Island Teas makes all natural instant green, white and wulong instant teas with sugar or sugar free.

Oolong Tea

Oolong Semi-fermented tea from the Fujian province of China will please any palate.

Organic Tea

Organic Tea Wonderful organic teas QAI certified from around the globe.

Pu Erh Tea

Pu Erh Tea Buy quality Pu Erh Tea loose leaf or mini tea cakes. The tea cakes each can make one pot of tea and come with rose, jasmine or ginseng.

Rooibos Natural Cancer Therapy Herbal Tea

Rooibos Caffeine free Rooibos tea (red tea) has a wonderful taste and many antioxidants with nutritional health benefits. Safe to give to infants for Colic. Very relaxing and has anti-aging properties too.

White Tea

Silver Needle Tea The Supreme, delicate and rarest form of white tea buds are Silver Needle tea.

Wholesale Tea

Bulk Tea We offer great wholesale and bulk prices for green tea, herbal tea, instant teas and white tea, etc.

Wulong Tea

Wulong Tea for Weight Loss Find flavored sugar free loose leaf and plain or sweet sugar free instant wulong tea for your healthy diet.