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Sei Mee Tea Edible Green – This is No Ordinary Organic Green Tea

Sei Mee Tea Edible Green - This is No Ordinary Organic Green Tea

At my two local organic markets here in NYC, Integral Yoga Natural Foods and Lifethyme Market, in-store demos take place at least a few times per week. Naturally curious and wanting to learn about new organic products, I always stop by to see what they are selling. Yet, never have I left the demo tables […]

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At my two local organic markets here in NYC, Integral Yoga Natural Foods and Lifethyme Market, in-store demos take place at least a few times per week.

Naturally curious and wanting to learn about new organic products, I always stop by to see what they are selling.

Yet, never have I left the demo tables overly impressed. That is, until the other day.

It only took a few minutes for me to understand why Sei Mee Tea Edible Green is so interesting and so different than the other organic green tea products I have been drinking.


With almost all the tea that we drink, we steep a tea bag or loose tea in water for a few minutes. Then, we take it out of the water and throw it away.

However, according to Sei Mee Tea, many of the important health properties in the tea are not water soluble and are therefore not extracted in the brewing process

So, this means that we are actually not receiving many of the health benefits from tea.

In order to prevent this from happening, we need to consume the entire leaf.

But how do we do this without eating that actual leaf itself?

We do it by drinking ground tea. And this is exactly what Sei Mee Tea Edible Green is – ground organic green tea.

All we do is add the ground tea to water, stir, and drink.

Furthermore, since we don’t have to worry about extracting the tea compounds from the leaves, we don’t need to use hot water. Either hot or cold water can be used.

This is particularly relevant to me because I use tea in my smoothies.

Normally, I brew hot organic tea at night, put it in the fridge so it gets cold, and then in the morning I put it into the blender as a base for my smoothie.


There are two important aspects of Sei Mee Tea Edible Green that are worth talking about.

1) Sei Mee Tea Edible Green is a Sencha tea, not a Matcha tea. What’s the difference?

Sencha is exposed to the sun while Matcha is shade-grown or covered.

Also, Sencha has much lower levels of caffeine and higher levels of antioxidants while Matcha is the opposite. Matcha has higher levels of caffeine and lower levels of antioxidants.

So, if you are drinking organic green for the health benefits, you want to be drinking Sencha rather than Matcha.

Additionally, Sei Mee Tea says that Matcha ground tea has 137 times more EGCG (a type of catechin antioxidant) than green tea brewed from bags or leaves.

Since Sencha has more antioxidants than Matcha, that number for Sencha ground tea could potentially contain 200 or more times ECGC than green tea brewed from bags or leaves.

2) As I mentioned above, when we brew green tea leaves and throw them away, we are losing out on a ton of the beneficial properties.

Sei Mee Tea claims that when we brew green tea using traditional methods, via bags or loose leaves, we are not capturing 78% of the healthful components (catechin antioxidants, dietary fibers, theanine, and Vitamins A, C and E) and 96% of EGCG.

Boiling green tea at 185 degrees for three minutes and removing the leaves will only extract 4% of the EGCG, one of the most important antioxidants.

By drinking Sei Mee Tea Edible Green, we are getting 100% of the EGCG since we are consuming the entire leaf in ground form and not throwing anything away.


One of the most widely read posts that I have written on my site is whether seaweed is safe to eat or not because of the recent earthquake in Japan.

This was the exact question I posed to Kiyomi Koike, founder of Sei Mee Tea, when we spoke on the phone yesterday about the her organic green tea product.

She told me several things.

First, the Sei Mee Tea Edible Green that is on the market now is from the 2010 harvesting season, so there is nothing to worry about. It is expected that this supply will last until the beginning of 2012.

Second, the farms where Sei Mee Tea is grown are 500 miles from the Fukushima nuclear plant and the manufacturing facility is 1,000 miles away in the southwest part of the country.

Third, when the tea from the 2011 harvesting season does come on market, Sei Mee Tea will be doing very strict batch testing of the product to make sure it is not contaminated.


– I love the taste of Sei Mee Tea Edible Green. It is smooth, clean and doesn’t have the bitterness of most other organic green teas.

– I am huge believer in the medicinal value of tea. There is a reason that it has been around for thousands of years, and the founder’s husband completely cured himself of cancer by drinking Sei Mee Tea Edible Green.

– The notion of throwing out leaves or bags of tea and missing out on a large majority of the health benefits makes a tremendous amount of sense to me.

From what I have been told, the Japanese and Chinese used to eat the tea leaves but stopped doing it because it became an inconvenience and switched to brewing the leaves in hot water.

– Overall, this is an extremely interesting product and has given me a whole new perspective about how tea should be consumed in order to receive the maximum amount of health benefits.

I have been drinking Sei Mee Tea Edible Green every single day since I bought it this past weekend and definitely plan on buying it again. I think it is an amazing product.


Sei Mee Tea Edible Green is available in retail locations nationwide and online, and is certified organic in Japan by JAS.



    how to make the edible green tea sencha? just put into cup and pour hot water and how much to put in cup, tablespoon full?


    how to make the edible green tea sencha? just out into cup and pour hot water and how much to put in cup, tablespoon full?

  • Linda says:

    I have a pouch of Sei mee powder green tea date on it is 5/2008
    I was wondering….. The pouch inside has been opened…. Is it still good or should I throw it away thank you

  • TEE says:

    I recently became very sick March 2013 and I started reading about natural alternatives to becoming well. I started drinking SEI MEE TEA decaf.. and been slowly getting well ever since then.
    I was over 500lbs.. Eating the wrong foods. Well I keep reading and now my blood pressure is normal range … I have lost over 135 plus lbs exercise.. daily prayers and meditations and drink one cup of this wonderful tea every early morning. Right NOW in fact..
    My life has changed drastically.. I had a fatty liver… Severe Angina..
    Every day I drink up to 3 to 4 cups thru the whole day..
    I was addicted to Coffee and Junk Food.. Now my BODY feels more ALIVE I do not have the Night Sweats like I used to. I no longer have Sleep Apnea.. My better half says I DO NOT SNORE anymore. My focus on life is different. .
    I see food differently.. I believe with Discipline…GOOD WHOLE RAW FOODS including SEI MEE TEA, Believing in YOURSELF Educating yourself.. Prayer…Meditation. Exercising you can not only lose weight but live longer..

  • Denise Leidy says:

    Dear Max,

    Thank you for the great comments in discovering Sei Mee Tea! I work closely with Kiyomi and we have been good friends for eight years. While drinking the tea provides the most benefits one could expect from ground Sencha tea we would like everyone to think of it as the one ‘herb’ you cannot live without! We have been adding 1/4 to 1 teaspoon of ground green tea in many of our everyday dishes for years. It is so easy to use in baked goods, soups, appetizer’s, casseroles, main dishes as well as many forms of drinks and deserts! Very valuable is the use as a rub over meats, fish and poultry as it’s antioxidant properties repel harmful toxins on the grill. The tea enhances flavor as well as elasticity to baked goods. It is a treasure in the kitchen and a way of getting needed antioxidants & nutrients into every member of the family. We are fighting cancer, diabetes, heart & peridontal disease with Sei Mee Tea’s organically grown ground Sencha tea. Thank you for spreading the good word! Please encourage everyone to see Kiyomi’s website!

    Denise Leidy, La Grande, Oregon

    • Max Goldberg says:

      Hi Denise,

      Thanks so much for your comment and feedback. I , too, think Sei Mee Tea is a fantastic product and I didn’t know about using it as a rub on meats to repel toxins on the grill. Very useful information.

      Again, I appreciate your input.

      Live well,

  • stephanie haughey says:

    Hello Max,

    I can’t wait to try it. I will check with one of our local co-ops which
    the company is currently listing it as selling it.


    • Max Goldberg says:

      Hi Stephanie,

      Definitely check it out. I was extremely impressed with this organic green tea.

      I’m at Expo East in Baltimore now and will have some good posts coming soon!

      Live well,

  • Hi… I live in the same town as the Sei Mee people. When I had a cancer scare this year I went looking for alternatives – essentially to help prepare for surgery. A local friend talked me into trying this… and I’m glad he did.

    In addition to being tasty stuff, I’ve found that in good quantities (think 6 cups a day) – this stuff helped reduce arthritis pain and even some skin inflammations.

    Tasty and more comfortable – this is not bad. And no, I don’t benefit financially here… but if you could see/feel the improvement on my joints (old horse wreck and compensation swellings) and skin – a two-thirds reduction in three weeks time – you might be as jazzed about this as I am.

    And… it’s yummy stuff.

    Thanks for promoting their tea with a review.

    • Max Goldberg says:

      Hi Kathy,

      Thanks so much for sharing your story!! And I am so glad that it improved your health.

      Needless to say, I am extremely excited about this Sei Mee Tea product and have been drinking it every single day.

      Live well,

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