School can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. Find your focus with a great cup of tea. Tea has been used for focus for ages: Zen Buddhist monks have been drinking it since the 12th century to simulate presence of mind, mental awareness, and a calm meditative state. If tea can help monks stay awake for hours of intense meditation, it can definitely help you ace your next test.
Many people reach for coffee in hopes that it will keep them awake and focused for the difficult hours that school often brings. While coffee will give you a boost of energy, it often comes with a jittery edge that leaves your heart pounding. Tea gives a calmer energy — one that invigorates, brightens and sharpens your mind and senses without overwhelming your body.
OUR FAVORITE FOCUS TEAS
Matcha is a high quality, finely milled Japanese green tea powder. It is derived from Japanese tea leaves that have been shade grown for about 3 weeks before harvesting to slow growth and increase amino acids. Only the highest quality top buds are picked, making for a pure, nutritionally rich refined powder. With elevated antioxidants and L-theanine, matcha gives you a pleasant buzz without that jittery edge, making it perfect for focus.
Sip Liquid Jade traditionally from a “Chawan” (Ceremonial bowl), mix it into smoothies, or drink it as a latte. For those always on the move, we have individually packaged authentic ceremonial grade matcha, or Matcha To Go. No whisking necessary! Just stir it into hot or cold water and enjoy.
Genmaicha is a traditional Japanese favorite blending sencha green tea with toasted brown rice. This combination is well known for being served in sushi restaurants. The fresh flavor of green tea is balanced with the toasted, nutty flavor of the rice. The melding of matcha and green tea gives the drinker an optimal caffeine boost. High levels of the amino acid L-theanine creates a calming alertness that aids with concentration.
Green tea is perfect for a late night study session, and Japanese teas have a tendency to have higher caffeine than most (due to a large amount of nitrogen typically used in the fertilizer). Japan Sencha Fukamushi is good for those in search of a higher caffeinated green tea. Sencha is the most common green tea in all of Japan, and there are several different styles. The steaming process which Fukamusi refers to enhances the savory notes, lending more mellowness than one might expect in a green tea. The tea is broken down more, which allows more vitamins, fiber, and chlorophyll to be directly consumed. Both your mind and body benefits from this nourishing tea.
It should be obvious that this tea is a great choice for focused energy. The blend of green tea and selected herbs reputed to enhance focus and memory, making it a great study buddy. Goji Green is a combination of Gunpowder Green tea with goji berries, Ginko Biloba, and Gotu kola for effect, while orange peel and lemon myrtle give a bright and sunny flavor. Licorice root rounds out the finish by lending a mellow, lingering sweet taste. If you’re up late studying for that big test, brew up some Goji Focus: it’ll help your memory, and you can snack on the rehydrated goji berries for a midnight snack!
If you really need to get moving, Yerba Maté is the drink for you. Unlike most caffeinated beverages, there is nothing to slow caffeine’s absorption in the body, meaning people feel the effects right quickly. It increases metabolism, enhances vitality, focus, and well-being. The invigorating leaves come from the leaves of the South American holly tree.
Sharing maté is a sign of friendship and hospitality in many South American countries, where people pass around maté gourds and sip the maté through a bombilla (the metal straw that filters the leaves as you drink). The word maté actually means gourd, and yerba means herb. This makes perfect sense if decide to sip it in its traditional form: straight from a gourd. Simply put the leaves in the gourd, fill it up with hot water, and drink it through an ornate bombilla.
Guayusa is the leaf an Amazonian tree, and also part of the holly family. It contains caffeine and large amounts of antioxidants which provide clear, focused energy. It has a much sweeter taste than maté due to its lack of tannic acid, which also allows for long steeping without going bitter.
If fruity tea is not your jam, go for a more traditional route with straight up Guayusa. It offers clear, focused energy—what the native Kichwa people call “mental strength and courage.” The aroma is rich and oceanic with molasses and chicory notes.
Yaupon is another member of the Holly genus; a cousin to yerba maté and Guayusa. It is the only known caffeinated plant native to North America. Try our United States Yaupon for a smooth flavored brew with notes of buttered green beans and artichoke.
Sometimes you need something to kick you in the pants. Breakfast tea does just that. The robust black brews have high levels of caffeine that will get you moving in the morning and keep you running through the day. Sometimes you need a cuppa classic, straightforward, black tea.
Irish Breakfast is the hardiest and boldest tea on the wall. It is brisk, full-bodied and malty. Our Scottish Breakfast Blend has strong malty flavors up front with a sweet and incredibly smooth finish, not unlike a good Scottish accent (I’m looking at you, Sean Connery). These two Great British beverage cousins taste lovely with a bit of cream and sugar, and perhaps a biscuit for good measure.
Mahatma Masala Chai translates from Hindi as “Great Soul Spiced Tea”. Our blend of India CTC Assam, ginger, cardamom, clove, and cinnamon makes for a spicy awakening blend that perks up the mind and nourishes the soul. Black tea comes from the Camellia Sinensis plant, so it has the magical balance of energizing caffenation and focused concentration. This drink goes beyond a caffeine boost: it’s a full-body enhancement. Ginger aids in digestion and improves circulation, while cardamom supports the immune system and helps detoxify the body. Cinnamon also has digestive properties and has been shown to have anti-inflammatory effects.