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FAQ

1. What are the benefits of antioxidants in dark chocolate?
Antioxidants work together like a fantastic team that defends against destructive unstable molecules called free radicals and reduces oxidative stress. Many experts suggest they protect us from premature aging, heart disease, cancer, and possibly depression and anxiety.

2. Does drinking dark chocolate stain your teeth?
Dark chocolate may contain a small amount of tannins which may cause tooth discoloration, but this only happens if your oral hygiene is poor. An average person will not face tooth stains issues from dark chocolate with good oral hygiene practices.

3. Is it okay to take dark chocolate everyday?
It is recommended to take pure dark chocolate daily as it has a lot of benefits. Proven to be highly saturated with antioxidants, dark chocolate will not only reduce the risk of heart diseases but lowers the level of oxidative stress as well. However, regular milk chocolate is not too beneficial when consumed daily as it is high in sugar content.

4. Will dark chocolate help me sleep better?
 Working hand in hand, tryptophan and high saturation of serotonin chemicals help flood your brain with neurotransmitters that make you feel relaxed — and maybe even slightly sleepy. Dark chocolate has many more of these compounds than milk chocolate does thus acting as a good sleep aid.

5. What is the best way to store Matcha?
Treat Matcha as if it is a fresh vegetable. Keep it sealed in a dry refrigerated place to ensure freshness and all beneficials properties of Matcha are preserved.

6. What does matcha taste like?
Matcha tea is made from shade-covered leaves. Chlorophyll content of the leaf will be increased in this process resulting in a full bodied, creamy vegetal taste, occasionally with an astringent note, depending on the grade of tea. Other factors like temperature of water and ration of powder to other ingredients will influence the flavor profile of your finished beverage.

7. What other ways can Matcha be used?
We encourage people, especially newcomers, to explore all of the ways matcha tea can fit into your daily use. Most of our buyers drink some version of a blending drink such as almond milk green tea lattes or morning smoothies. Matcha is delightful sprinkled over healthy desserts like yogurt or berries. That is not all, do not be surprised to find out that you can add Matcha to salt for a savory taste to eggs and fish.

8. Is Matcha good for health?
Matcha is packed with many valuable nutrients, including antioxidants, catechins, polyphenols, and chlorophyll. In fact, the distinctively smooth and sweet taste of premium matcha is thought to be indicative of its high amino acid content. As a shaded green tea, matcha also has high levels of L-theanine and caffeine which can work synergistically to energize and elevate one’s mood. Several studies have shown that matcha green tea aids with digestion and weight loss, increases energy, decreases stress levels, prevents cancer-causing cell growth and helps to lower blood pressure and cholesterol, among many other health benefits.


9. Where can I find Matcha in Malaysia?
Many stores in Malaysia sell Matcha in their Asian pantry section. You may get them online as well but make sure that the Matcha you plan to purchase is certified and imported from reputable tea plantations in Japan.

10. What is 100% Arabica coffee?
Arabica coffee is the first coffee ever. It’s the coffee bean that sprouted and developed into the most human-friendly version, and it originates from Ethiopia (African continent), dating back several centuries. Arabica coffee is the one with more flavor, nuances, less acidity, and less bitterness. It's a very mellow and mild coffee. It’s also got only half the caffeine of Robusta beans, but double the amount of natural sugars and fats, which help develop those flavors Arabica is famous for.

11. Why is 100% Arabica coffee so precious?
A few centuries ago, Coffee Leaf Rust came about and up till date, there is still no way to get rid of this parasite that ‘ate’ the coffee tree, and thus ruined crops across several countries, starting with Sri Lanka, Indonesia and Vietnam.The big problem was that Arabica crops were and still are highly sensitive to any pests and diseases, which meant that they were decimated when CLR came about. Arabica became kind of precious. Given how much more flavorful it is, and how much milder in taste than Robusta, Arabica became very sought after. The whole CLR incident only made it more important. This effect only amplifies over time by general demand and the efforts needed to grow a crop, thus now Arabica is regarded as a sort of premium item.

12. Where are Arabica coffee beans grown?
Arabica comes (originally) from Ethiopia. But that’s in Africa. Today yes, some Arabica comes from Africa. However, they can be grown anywhere in the Coffee Belt region with volcanic activity, good soil, humidity, and elevation. It means you’ll find Arabica from Central Africa, most of Asia, Central and South America, a tiny bit of North Australia.

13. What influences the price of Arabica coffee?
The type of terrain it usually occupies can influence the price of the coffee. Coffee (but especially Arabica) needs elevated ground to grow on, it’s a must in the industry. This means you’re going to find coffee farms pretty much on the side of a mountain, or at least on very high, sloping hills. Just how high the altitude needs to be depends on how far the region is from the Equator. There is also the fact that Arabica needs to grow not just on elevated ground, but at an angle so the excess rainwater will run off and not pool at the plant’s base. The high elevation and steep angles will mean getting to the coffee beans is a bit more difficult, and they are often hand picked. As with any manual labor, this raises the final price of coffee. All in all, successfully growing a crop of Arabica from sprout to harvest is kind of painstaking, which will reflect on the price you pay for that coffee.

14. What does hojicha taste like?
The term Hojicha refers to green tea that is roasted which removes its bitterness. Due to the roasting process, Hojicha has a unique more zesty, less vegetal taste compared to Matcha. Hojicha has gained rapid popularity worldwide for having a mellow, nutty flavor similar to the toasty flavor of a genmaicha blend—which achieves its nuttiness with roasted, puffed rice—and the lightly sweet, caramel undertones of oolong.

15. What are the benefits of drinking Hojicha tea?
There are many benefits to drinking Hojicha tea. Hojicha is very high in antioxidants which help to flush out unwanted and even harmful free radicals from the body. It acts as a natural cleansing and detoxifying agent. Antioxidants are also important for the body because they help to keep the skin looking young as they help to reduce the signs of aging. It also helps to release stress. Sitting down and enjoying a nice, warm cup of tea is relaxing on its own, but Hojicha tea also contains L-Theanine, which is an amino acid that helps to boost mental capacity. It also helps to lower blood pressure and cortisol levels resulting in lower stress levels. The wonderful scent of a cup of Hojicha tea also helps to ease the mind as it has a nice, soothing aroma. It also helps to reduce cholesterol thanks to the high levels of catechins that are present in green tea. When cholesterol levels are lower, inflammation is reduced, and the risk of heart disease also declines. For those who are sensitive to caffeine, Hojicha is a great alternative since it will boost energy levels naturally without the jitters. One cup of Hojicha contains only about 7.7 mg of caffeine.