Morning Blend: Passion Fruit Maeng Da Kratom Tea
New Tea on the Block
Our Morning Blend Kratom tea bags, an energy supporting functional tea, are one of our most popular items. Our tea sommelier created a delicious flavor loaded with additional herbal benefits. There is crushed leaf White Vein Maeng Da kratom leaf, Sencha green tea, yerba mate, Ginkgo Biloba, and Lemon Myrtle all spritzed with a natural passion fruit essential oil flavoring agent.
All of these natural herbs are intricately combined to produce a pleasantly energizing morning blend tea. We recommend that you use one of the morning blend tea bags with one or two of the raw or flavored kratom tea bags. The morning blend tea bag shares its soft citrusy flavor with the plain kratom, which in turn adds more kratom alkaloids to the cup of tea. We refer to these additional plain leaf bags as “boosters.”
It is to be brewed the same as the raw leaf bags. Add the morning blend tea bag to a thermos with one or two booster bags. Then, squeeze some acidic liquid, we prefer lemon juice (although people report enjoying apple cider vinegar), over the tea bags and let rest in the acidic solution while your water comes to a boil. Due to the acidity, we usually use about a tablespoon of concentrated lemon juice, or about half a lemon. Finally pour your boiling water into your insulated vessel, and cover for about 20 minutes. The final tea should be very hot, so be careful not to burn yourself. Honey, sugar, or a sweetener of your choice can then be added to taste. The tea bags can be used twice to make strong teas.
Read on to get an intimate look into the reasons why we used each herbal ingredient in our morning blend tea.
What is Kratom? (40%)
Kratom is a leaf from Mitragyna speciosa, an evergreen tree that grows throughout southeast Asia. The leaves have been picked and consumed traditionally in Thailand for at least 300 years. On the whole, it is used mostly by farmers who chewed the leaves for energy and to withstand the heat.
If not being chewed, the leaves were also traditionally brewed into a tea which was sipped on throughout the day, much like coffee is in the US. In fact, kratom is a close relative of coffee, both being in the rubiaceae family.
Like coffee, kratom is great for energizing your day. However, unlike coffee, kratom can also be used to help you unwind and relax when you consume more of it. This double property was what inspired us to use kratom as the engine of our morning blend tea.
Sencha Green Tea (20%)
For the sticklers out there, our morning blend is the only “true” tea in our inventory. “Tea” was a word for Camellia sinensis in a variant of chinese employed by early users of the plant in what is today China. That variant of chinese just so happened to be localized to one of the major tea exporting ports of China in the 18th and 19th centuries. Thus, “tea” became the defining word for the plant leaf which took the world’s people and economies by storm.
“Sencha” Green tea is a type of tea grown and widely consumed in Japan. Sencha signifies that the tea is meant to be infused or decocted before being strained and drinking the water mixture. This is juxtaposed with “matcha” grade tea, also from Japan. Matcha is made from the leaves of C. sinensis, although it is ground into a powder and mixed with hot water using a bamboo whisk. Sencha tea removes all of the fiber of the leaf. Whereas with matcha we swallow the powdered plant material.
If you are coming into this more familiar with kratom tea than you are “true tea”, then you might be surprised with some recognized similarities. Kratom tea in the United States is largely consumed in the “matcha” style of tea. Our unique formulation of putting the crushed whole leaf kratom (not powdered) into the tea resembles the “sencha” style of tea. Sencha kratom tea is the only preparation found in the Thai kratom tea tradition, with a documented history going back to 1826.
How to Make Kratom Tea
For kratom tea to be active it must be steeped for a 20 minute period at minimum. This allows the rather insoluble kratom alkaloids to diffuse from the leaf into the water.
C. sinensis tea leaves are usually steeped for 3-7 minutes. With shorter brews you get more fragrant cups that are rarely bitter. “Infusing tea for a longer time than is usual [c.10min. rather than 1-5min.] gives greater extraction of catechins (Khokhar & Magnusdottir 2002)” (Voogelbreinder, 114). Basically, catechins are a group of molecules which are in the even broader category of “flavonoids.” They are known antioxidants, and impart a slightly astringent flavor, but are not bitter.
However, more tannins are released in a long brew time. Tannins are natural compounds that appear in plants. They have a bitter taste in beverages. Luckily, the quantity of sencha green tea in our morning blend tea bags balances this trait with the long steep time.
Green tea contains more caffeine by weight than coffee. Yet coffee is usually consumed in greater quantities than tea, and is therefore associated with the stronger effect. On average, Japanese green tea contains between 3.5% – 4.5% caffeine (Voogelbreinder, 114). Since the tea makes up 20% of the 3 gram tea bag, that makes for an assumed 2mg – 3mg caffeine content. An amount unlikely to give much of an energizing effect by itself, but could inhibit competing alkaloids. Thereby potentiating the kratom alkaloids. Including the caffeine from the yerba mate into our calculations, we can reasonably assume that there is around 10 mg or less of caffeine per tea bag.
What’s Yerba Mate? (20%)
Ilex paraguariensis is in the holly family, and is widely drunk on its own in South American countries. In brief, twigs bearing the leaves are removed from the tree and quickly roasted over a fire or dried in a specialty oven to help “maintain the aroma of the herb” (Voogelbreinder, 196).
The roasted leaves of Ilex paraguariensis are then ground and drunk with hot water in a specialty tin cup called “yerba mate.” This tin cup has a gourd with a straw containing a strainer at the base, and it’s name has become synonymous with the beverage itself. The drink may be passed around to friends or consumed by oneself.
Yerba mate leaves have been analyzed and shown to be composed of .13%-2.2% caffeine. Since yerba mate makes up 20% of the morning blend tea, we can expect a range of caffeine from 78μg-1.3mg. Like with the green tea, the effect will be incredibly mild.
Leaf of Ginkgo (10%)
Ginkgo biloba, or “gingko” as we erroneously printed on our labels (*facepalm*) is the leaf of the Ginkgo tree. G. biloba is the oldest surviving species of trees, sharing the planet with the dinosaurs some 200 million years ago. During the last ice age their range was reduced to Asia. In China, Buddhist and Taoist temples cultivated Ginkgo for its use in traditional chinese medicine. Shinto temples in Japan usually had a cultivated Ginkgo tree as well and considered it sacred.
It’s leaves have been shown to have beneficial bioactive properties in several studies. To quote Voogelbreinder,
Today, the demonstrated benefits of ginkgo leaf are impressive. It improves peripheral circulation, particularly increasing blood flow to the
brain, acts as a neuroprotective agent [eg. against hypoxia, seizures and peripheral nerve damage], acts as an antioxidant free-radical scavenger, inhibits blood-platelet aggregation, increases synaptosomal serotonin re-uptake, and increases synthesis of dopamine and norepinephrine. An extract from the yellow autumn leaves also strengthens blood vessels. Ginkgo leaf may be useful in treating vertigo, headache, impaired memory, stroke, senility, dementia, shock, asthma, coronary thrombosis, tinnitus, bladder infections and burns; as well as boosting the immune system and improving cerebral function [alertness, learning, and biofeedback with the endocrine system] (Bremness 1994; Bruneton 1995; Corrigan 1993; Fünfgeld ed. 1988; Huang 1993; Joyeux et al. 1995; Ramassamy et al. 1992; Smith, P.F. et al. 1996).”Voogelbreinder, Garden of Eden, 181.
Many of these discovered effects haven’t been approved by the FDA yet. So it must be recognized that while the research is promising, Ginkgo remains enigmatic to the western pharmacopeia.
Lemon Myrtle (10%)
Lemon Myrtle trees (Backhousia citriodora) are naturally found in the subtropical rain forests of Queensland, Australia. These leaves contain the antioxidant citral, which is a terpenoid aldehyde. It is a traditional flavoring herb in the Australian bush.
Of all citral containing plants, Lemon Myrtle contains the most per weight in its leaves. Its distinct lemon aroma is pleasant and soothing. Due to its antioxidant properties it was used in precolonial times by the Australian indigenous people for purported medicinal benefits.
Review and Conclusion
In conclusion, our morning blend kratom tea is a novel reimagining of what kratom tea should taste like. In the same fashion, the supplementary herbs add potential wellness benefits to your brew. On the whole, brewed correctly and with a booster bag or two, this morning blend gets you out of bed on the right side with ease.
For current kratom users who want a stronger kratom effect, we highly recommend getting our 100% White Maeng Da tea bags or Passion Fruit Infused White Maeng Da tea bags. Each raw leaf tea bag has 3 grams of kratom (14 per pouch), while the every evening blend tea bags are 1.5 grams of crushed leaf kratom and 1.5 grams of our herbal blend (8 per pouch). When making evening tea, you can use the evening blend tea bag for flavor and the raw leaf tea bags for strength. And for a particularly rare view into your evening tea, check out the results from our 8-panel alkaloid test. Thanks to the team over at Santé Labs were able to push kratom tea research into new areas.