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Decaf Matcha

Looking for decaf Matcha? Is there a better option?

Matcha is made so that it offers more Caffeine

Have you wondered where you can find decaf Matcha? The reason it’s hard to find is the nature of Matcha. Once you know what really matcha is, you will understand “decaf Matcha” is the two contradictory ideas. “Decaf Matcha” is like rain on a sunny day, ice cream in a hot oven, or a warm blanket filled with ice. Why? Because Matcha is made to offer higher Caffeine. If you want to find a low caffeine green tea powder that offers amazing green tea benefits, please read on.

iced Sencha powder tea

Drink Matcha to get “Calm Alertness”

Matcha is made with a leaf of Camellia Sinensis, the same as other types of green tea. Matcha uses the leaf grown in shade, and the leaf is ground into a fine powder.  When green tea leaves are covered for a certain period of time, it increases three things in tea leaves: Chlorophyll (green color pigment), Caffeine, and L-theanine.

About Caffeine and L-theanine
Caffeine is a stimulant, and L-theanine is a natural relaxant, which is almost exclusively found in green tea leaves. L-theanine is also Umami (ooh-ma-me), which is a meaty, savory flavor. Matcha offers calm alertness because Matcha is high in stimulant, Caffeine, and natural relaxant, L-theanine. This good balance between Caffeine and L-theanine creates sustainable energy, which was appreciated by Zen monks and Samurai warriors to stay alert.
matcha tea field

“Decaf Matcha”: Energy drink, from which energy was removed

So, it doesn’t make sense to remove caffeine after the extra effort was made to increase caffeine. It is like you made a refreshing shaved ice in a freezer and served it in a hot bowl to remove the chilling effect. Or, you swept fallen leaves from the backyard and dumped the leaves back in the yard. 

In fact, the process of removing caffeine also removes L-theanine. Both caffeine and L-theanine are highly water-soluble. And increasing caffeine and L-theanine is the main purpose of the shading process.

Drink Sencha powder tea for “less Caffeine and more Antioxidants”

Here is good news. When green tea leaves are NOT covered until harvested, they contain naturally less caffeine. On top of that, abundant sun exposure generates more Catechins and EGCG, the antioxidants responsible for the long list of green tea health benefits, in the tea leaves. When these green tea leaves are steamed to maintain natural green color and nutrients, they become Sencha. Sencha is made to be naturally lower in Caffeine and higher in Antioxidants than Matcha. Read more about Sencha and Matcha

spring in Sakamoto Tea Garden in Kagoshima, Japan

Decaf Sencha powder offers even less Caffeine

If you are looking for “decaf green tea powder,” you have found it here.  Some people call it “decaf Matcha”, as “Matcha” is often used as a synonym for green tea powder. Sencha products usually come as in “brewed tea.” But Sencha can also come in powder form. Our decaf green tea powder is made from organic Sencha powder using a patented water process. That means decaffeination doesn’t involve any chemicals. The water process is the natural way to remove 99% of Caffeine from green tea leaves. As a result, caffeine in one serving of this tea is less than 3 mg.

evening tea time

Is decaf green tea still good for you?

The answer is no when it comes to tea bag tea or loose leaf tea. Brewed decaf green tea, in general, offers almost no health benefits because the decaf process removes water-soluble antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals along with caffeine.  If you brew decaf green tea leaves, the cup of tea offers few nutrients.

matcha for calm alertness

Get benefits without caffeine from decaf Sencha powder

However, there is a solution to get green tea benefits without caffeine. “Eat the whole leaf.”  With the patented water process, 95% of Catechins are left in Edible Green®Sencha powder Decaf, which makes this tea the most beneficial decaf green tea. 

Edible Green® is Sencha green tea leaves ground into a fine powder.  When you enjoy a cup of decaf Sencha powder Edible Green, you are ingesting all of the Catechins and nutrients that remain in the tea leaf after decaffeination (in powder form).  In fact, because it’s Sencha powder, Edible Green Decaf offers more Catechins than Matcha when you compare the same amount of powder.

No more compromise on Green Tea benefits!

Edible Green® Decaf is the only decaf green tea that delivers full green tea benefits to you. It offers the same smooth mild flavor as Edible Green® regular.  No more compromise on green tea benefits to enjoy decaf green tea!

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SEI MEE TEA: Offering quality tea over 17 years

The above information has been on our website since we started our online store in 2004. It has been more than 17 years and with the increased popularity of Matcha, there are a lot of ‘private brand’ products on the market.

‘Private brand’ products are products that are already available on the market but they have the ‘custom’ label made specifically for the particular seller or brand. So, I believe many of the products available online market, such as Amazon and eBay, are the same powder manufactured by the same company. It is somewhat ironic to see different reviews but the original suppliers of the products may be the same.

And to make it worse, the sellers often do not know much about their products. They fail to provide the product information accurately. With the rise of non-English speakers as sellers, product descriptions on Amazon, for example, are sometimes hard to understand. English is not our “first language” either, but we try to state facts as truthfully and clearly as possible.

Unfortunately, the inaccuracy that we see on Amazon, for example, may come from insufficient product knowledge rather than the language barrier. Hopefully, the seller is not taking advantage of the language barrier as an excuse to fake the information.

We have seen a couple of ‘decaf matcha’ products out there, and we have been asked how different ours is. If you are also curious, please read on.

matcha FAQ

5 Reasons why you want to choose “Edible Green water processed decaf”

Patented 'hot water decaffeination' process
Water process decaffeination is a patented” Water process decaffeination is a patented hot water decaffeination” process. This patented method was invented and registered by a tea processor, which also manufactures machines that are used for tea processing. They are located in Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan.
Uses certified organic tea leaves
We use certified organic tea leaves to make this product. The decaffeination process needs to happen within 30 minutes after harvest, so the certified organic tea farm needs to be located close to the tea processor. We have a network of organic green tea growers from Shizuoka (located in the central part of the main island of Japan) to Kagoshima (located in the southern tip of the southern island of Japan). So we were able to find certified organic tea farms that are located close enough to the tea processor.

Before we started the search to find an organic tea farm close to the tea processor (patent holder), we asked them if there was anyone in Uji, Kyoto, as there are also organic tea farms there, which we regularly deal with. But they said, “No, there are not.” It is about 150 miles from Uji to Shizuoka. It is impossible to bring tea leaves from Uji to the tea processor in Shizuoka within 30 minutes after harvest. So we had to find a closer tea farmer, who is certified organic, and we did.

Made only for SEIMEETEA
This product is only made for SEI MEE TEA. We directly talk to the certified organic tea farmer, the tea processor, and the second tea processor, which finishes the decaffeinated tea to a fine powder. Then the product is imported from Japan to us.
Why the package doesn't carry the USDA organic logo even though it's organic
As we mentioned, this tea uses certified organic tea leaves. However, the package is not bearing the USDA organic logo as we follow US organic labeling law. The law says the product can bear the USDA organic logo when all of the facilities involved with the product are certified. SEI MEE TEA and the second processor are certified organic but the tea processor (patent holder) is not. We take organic certification seriously and follow the rules.
SEI MEE TEA is the pioneer of a healthier option for 'decaf matcha'
We take pride in the quality of the tea we offer. Enjoy SEI MEE TEA’s pure decaf Sencha powder .
Our Philosophy Quality tea means more than a mere beverage to us. It means “HOPE” (please read our story) for us so we are committed to providing pure, quality products to you. Thus, we are involved in each step of the product-making process, from planning with the amazing, dedicated organic tea farmer, to the last step when we pack your order and ship it to you.
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