The real difference between teas and why Exzo is so special
I feel tea is so underrated and believe there is so much opportunity for creating superior products for health benefits, yet I see that we are the only company in the world to offer such diverse specialty blends and the world’s finest and most advanced teas by far.
I often have to explain and educate people as much as I can on real quality health and wellbeing products, and what people should be looking out for in a quality product. There seems to be so much misconception that people are looking at real tea like it’s something that should be cheap when there’s so much difference involved between a real tea and a fake one.
Unfortunately, people are uneducated like I was once myself, so I’m hoping I can educate people a little better at least so they can truly understand the health industry better and somewhat distinguish between a bad product and a good one. Our nation is being really misled and companies are savvy and clever enough to abuse regulations and other means in order to make out their products are natural when they’re not at all and taking your money for it whilst laughing in your face.
Before I started exzo and became ill, I started to research so much into health in general that it drove me crazy in all honesty. I couldn’t believe the way EU regulations had set up food labeling in a way that it would deceive us all, which it is doing and the average person wouldn’t even truly understand it.
I often find so many people fooled into the so-called “natural” scam and it really upsets me because people are continuing to put these misleading products into their body when I see that most of the leading brands and products they are using are far from being natural. Even though I could go on forever in debate and discussion, I will try to make this post as straightforward as possible. For faster viewing, you can skip to the bullet points which will emphasize the main points in greater detail.
Before I get into the nitty and gritty, you may also find my other article an interesting read which describes in more detail the heartbreaking truth I’ve witnessed personally whilst creating exzo, as well as the challenges I’ve faced with further discussion into sweeteners such a stevia being classed as natural, yet they are not natural!
Because they see “natural flavourings” on the packaging, they assume they are natural and nothing could be further from the truth and I’m sorry to have to break the truth to you because I know your favourite teas all contain this rubbish.
A large proportion of people also can’t seem to understand the difference between a real tea and a bad tea, they assume that tea is tea and that is also far from the truth and not the right attitude I’d like people to have towards tea.
Loose leaf tea is tea in its most natural form, whereas normal tea (what I like to call dust bags) is completely the opposite. Normally, these differences are not enough to persuade the average person, so shopping becomes based more on a price war rather than it does of one of quality which should really be any one's main motive who has any common sense that health is their greatest wealth, then someone sees a product that says “natural flavourings” on it, so maybe the slighter price increase makes the difference.
Natural flavourings and sweeteners in tea
In short, these so-called natural flavourings start off natural, but go through such an intense process that in the end, they are no different, if not worse than normal flavourings! DO NOT BUY TEA WITH NATURAL FLAVOURINGS BECAUSE THEY ARE FAR FROM NATURAL! The same goes with Stevia (natural sweetener) natural sweetener (stevia). Stevia is an extract, how has it been extracted?? These sweeteners are far from natural as they claim.
Simply put from any expert in the health industry, please just take the advice and stay away from any products with natural flavourings in and never use them again. You have been misled by these companies so please stop giving them your hard earned money. You are contributing to these corporations and in return they can keep dropping product quality further in order to please their shareholders on better returns, yet have you believing they are the greatest because they are doing so much to limit their carbon footprints, yet still happy enough to put crap in your tea and get paid silly amounts in return.
You can make a great tea using natural ingredients from herbs and ingredients. Why these so-called nasty natural flavourings then? It must be harder to create a natural product using a few cheap ingredients, without making blends as sophisticated as ours so they use natural flavourings to make up in taste, to also keep you more addicted to the sweeteners in them, as well as make up for the lost amount of tea in their tea bag weights. (usually low amounts 0f 1.5g).
Cheap ingredients vs real ingredients
Often companies will use cheaper alternatives to sway customers into buying their products and invite them to experience all the wonderful benefits of superior quality ingredients. People will hear all the great things and scientific research for a particular ingredient then be hooked on buying because it contains it in the ingredients. Companies will put this ingredient in their product somewhere in tiny amounts, just to say it’s included, as well as using an alternative fake ingredient. So you will watch your superfood program explaining all the wonderful benefits of seaweed, for example, then use a product containing this not but not fully understanding the intense process behind a good quality seaweed and also that there’s a huge problem with seaweed quality, yet the companies won’t disclose the manufacturing process. Is this safe?!
Another example of the so-called superfood ingredient is as follows. You hear all the wonderful things about Panax Ginseng and how great this adaptogenic herb is for multiple health benefits and natural energy. You see all the scientific studies conducted from reputable sources so now you need this in your life right? You see a tea, it states “SUPER ENERGY” (to catch your attention) Contains ginseng. You’re happy because now instead of your 1.5g tea bags worth of rubbish dust, this green tea now contains a superior ingredient ginseng and you’ve done all your homework on it. You taste your tea, it tastes the same as your normal green tea, maybe a bit sweeter from so-called lovely natural flavours (sarcasm). A light bulb goes off if you’re clever enough, there’s probably less than 0.0001% of ginseng in the blend. Oh, and guess what?? This is not even a real ginseng, this is a Siberian ginseng but you don’t know the difference. Did you know this is not even a real ginseng? This is not the ginseng you heard all the great stuff about named “Panax ginseng” this is Siberian ginseng, a fake ginseng that’s 50 times cheaper than the real ginseng you heard all the wonderful things about.
Now I’m not saying Siberian ginseng doesn’t have it’s own health benefits because it most certainly does and I too have personally used the herb and still do on occasions, but they are 2 entirely different ingredients. The studies you are looking at are for the real ginseng American and Asian ginseng which are Panax types, being the roots of the ginseng. Usually, these studies are based on roots of 4-5 years because they are said to be most effective for one’s health and most potent at those times (depending on crop and cultivation).
With exzo, we use what is to be considered as the best ginseng in the world, and hopefully, you can fully appreciate that as we use the North Amercian Panax Ginseng type. That is the real one used in studies (along with Asian Panax Ginseng), the one that costs 50 times as much, the one that provides all the wonderful health benefits you’ve been reading about. It’s that good that most of this ginseng is being sold to China to be used in traditional Chinese medicine. That says a lot for a country that supplies and produces such high-quality herbs and Asain ginseng themselves!
Not only is this ginseng so incredibly expensive because of the many wonderful health benefits it provides, but it also apparently extremely hard to grow with a lot of the crops dying before they’ve even really had a chance. There are many factors involved in growing such a perfect ginseng as it needs the correct everything in order to fully thrive including sandy soil and perfect climates and air. Many farmers of the worlds best ginseng will say it’s an incredibly hard to grow crop that wants to die the day you plant it, a lot of patience is needed for the farmers to bring us this amazing herb, so why wouldn’t we want the real stuff? Of course, it all comes down to costs. I suppose most people wouldn’t pay for a premium product like ours unless they were well educated on health because they are buying into the natural flavouring scam.
Lastly again on quality, our ingredients are not only the best but many regulations are gone through to ensure that we use the safest ingredients in the world.
Tea’s cheap so it should be cheap, right? WRONG.
It truly upsets me by how society looks at tea in general. A large majority of people think tea should be cheap, so anything else they won’t try because tea is all the same and I could go on for the rest of my life on reasons why that is complete and utter nonsense. I hear people say to me “well I wouldn’t pay £25 quid for a tea” and I have to grind my teeth In anguish every single time because these stupid idiots spend more than ten pounds per day overdosing on caffeine and ingesting copious amounts of pesticide-ridden coffee beans. Sorry, but you wouldn’t pay £25 for a tea because you are either stupid or just completely uneducated on the matter and nothing hurts me more than not being able to get through to these people on a clear level. Cleary another reason is that they simply don’t care about their own health and have not taken their time to do any research, well that’s just up to them if they want to keep paying for overpriced coffee.
They have no idea how much time, commitment and investment it takes to produce such quality. It really is a shame that they can’t understand all the health benefits one could get if only they were more educated on the subject.
A new product launch see’s us using premium organic Japanese ceremonial matcha green tea powder, mixed with Arabic coffee beans, more green tea and some other wonderful superfoods like our superior incredibly expensive real Panax Ginseng. Now does this mean because it’s become a coffee blend, it now justifies a higher price tag from the average opinion? Maybe not. But looking at this new blend closely it’s a 3g weight of premium tea containing a serving of matcha. For those real hardcore matcha lovers out there, they know a great high-end matcha like this can sell for around £25-30 per 30g, so let's just say for a 1g serving would be £1. So now our new tea contains matcha and coffee, in essence, we’re able to charge a higher price now? Our Clenzo Energize contains 21 tea bags and we’ve developed a special process in order to keep the matcha in the bag, mixing well with the ingredients and brewing adequately well without the need to whisk or specially brew matcha the way you would from powder. Does this mean we can charge £1 per tea bag for the included matcha now, extra for the coffee and then a small price on top for the underappreciated tea, or has the included tea ruined the pricing for us because tea is tea right? Is it all the same?
Heartbreakingly enough, I’m sure the majority will just see it as a tea and ultimately lower it into the overpriced tea category and compare it against what’s cheaper which will be the green tea tea bag and fake ginseng with all the nasties, dust, glue, plastic and chemicals of only 1.5g per serving IF they’re lucky. Again, why? I truly thank god for all the people we’ve been able to help and support with our products because once they try our teas they just keep coming back and can appreciate a quality product that they can now justify the price of from the many health benefits they acquire.
Tea vs Supplements.
Personally, I hate taking supplements and believe the reason why they sell so well is that people are too busy or too lazy and would rather clog up their digestive system with thousands of pills that will have trouble digesting. I understand it’s a matter of life and death for some people but let's look at the costs involved in a real tea vs supplements with a full break down.
Let's take a prime example of a herbal supplement for instance. Some companies are charging £30 for 30 300mg capsules. But for this example lets chose a standard capsule size of 500mg filled weight with a quantity of 60 capsules. So say this costs you £25.
£25(cost)/60(capsule amount) = 0.42 rounded up.
Now bare in mind this is a 500mg weight of powder that we actually also have no idea of how it’s been extracted (with chemicals, solvents?). Also what fillers are in it that shouldn’t be in there, and at what amounts do you actually get of an active ingredient? Yes, companies will bulk fill a capsule to look larger so in theory, you may only be getting a 0.25ug amount of vitamin d, but the rest is a filler like silicon dioxide or magnesium stearate, real nice! (sarcasm). But moving on the point sorry, so that’s 0.42 pence per capsule (let's pretend all that nasty other stuff isn’t in there and you’re getting 500mg or an active ingredient).
Let’s now move onto weight. Say our tea bag is 3g, that’s like 6 capsules worth in reality isn’t it.
3000(mg weight)/500 (mg amount in capsule) = 6
Also take into consideration that a superior loose leaf tea like ours is in its most natural form, as pure and whole ingredients as opposed to some powder that’s been extracted with all kinds of solvents and chemicals. You are experiencing natural ingestion through fluids and not powder stuck in a capsule.
So now this must mean an amount is to be done on the price vs weight then as this is 6 times as much in weight. That is only fair considering we’ve already proved it’s superior and more natural.
0.42 x 6 = 2.42.
That means now we should be charging £2.52 per tea bag, doesn’t it? Ok, you’re not entirely digesting the herbs I understand that, but we’re looking at the bigger picture here, plus a tea bag you can brew multiple times, at least a few anyway.
So based on weight we can with certainty say that we could sell a 63g weight of 21 tea bags (we’re looking at weight remember, not amount) for £50.82.
Same goes for the matcha, let’s get back to that. People will pay £20-30 for a premium matcha green tea powder like the one included in our energize. Let’s look back at the serving of matcha at £30 per 30g tin (30 servings) because as you know we use real superior organic Japanese ceremonial grade matcha green tea powder.
30 (matcha cost)/30(servings in 30g pot) = 1.00.
Now, moving on to the next part. Can you see that this powder is nearly about the same price as the capsule (just a tad more) because it’s a 1g serving, 2 x 500mg capsule amounts? So that would equal up to about 60 capsules wouldn’t it? So now let’s look into the next calculations.
1.00 (matcha serving cost) x 21 (tea bag amounts) = 21.
Now we have the matcha part sorted, what about adding in some overpriced coffee beans? Or add to the tea amount left over of 42 grams in our usual 21 tea bag configuration. Our tea bag will be a filled weight of 3g, so less the matcha weight we’d be left with 2g wouldn’t we. From working out our tea costs and overpriced coffee (but pricing our coffee the same as tea, reasonable!), we’d be looking at a cost to sell price of 37.99 in all honesty.
So here’s the rundown of that.
We price our tea at say £25 per 21 tea bag pack at 3g per tea bag. After the matcha we are now left with 2g for tea and coffee per tea bag. Even though coffee is clearly more rated than tea and demands a higher price tag, for this example lets just stick to the regular superfood tea pricing.
25(21 tea bag price)/63(weight of tea bags @3g per fill weight) = 0.40
0.40 (weight price per gram) x 42(leftover gram amount after matcha) = 16.80 (tea and coffee cost)
21 (matcha in tea bag cost of 21 tea bags) + 16.8 = 37.80. And let us see, we’ll add on the extra 15p to allow for the overpriced coffee (underpriced in this example!) = 37.95 . . . . BUT . . . let's get into a further pricing scenerio of the real price.
Ealier on I mentioned of the fake Ginseng vs the real Ginseng and the difference in price of like 50 times plus. Let's say the fake Siberian Ginseng costs £20 per 500g, this means real Amercian Panax Ginseng can easily fetch a price of £1000 per 500g (GOOGLE IT IF YOU DON'T BELIEVE ME!). Remember a tea bag like ours will have 3 grams worth? Well i'll let you work out the potential maths spliting that into tea bag weight even at under 3 grams! Yes, less than £5 is nothing now for a tea bag is it, and it's still cheaper than you'll spend on a coffee trip just put your hands up and admit it!
So if we now took out all the tea and left the coffee and matcha, would you still pay £25+? Well, you’re already spending £25-£30 on the same amount of matcha, and getting the coffee free at 25 quid! Just by looking at the bigger picture it all makes clear sense, but we’ve been so blind to open up our eyes that we’ve never been able to see it.
It’s a strange way to have to look at it in this bigger picture but society has seriously underrated tea and all it’s health benefits. Why have they decided tea should fit into the “should be cheap” category which is really upsetting and people are missing out on all the lovely health benefits, well the ones who are not educated enough to understand when they are too busy paying too much for overpriced coffee, junk food, and supplements filled mostly with the bad stuff. Unfortunately these same people are the ones who will most likely agree with me but also still agree that it’s too much to afford, still spending out and wasting their hard earned money on really cheap tea and products that are not helping them better their health but declining it faster, who can still seem to pay £8 plus for a coffee every single day without any questions asked and look at our products like it’s something well overpriced. No one is offering the quality we do. Our products are the most advanced by far in the world, why? Because no one else is offering them because they cost too much money to manufacture, and everyone has classed tea as something that should be “cheap” because it’s, all the same, isn’t it. NO, IT ISN’T.
For example, I’m going to specify some “behind the scenes” information that people don’t fully recognise, understand or appreciate.
Considerations when deciding on which tea to use and questions to ask yourself on tea vs coffee and health supplements
• Companies are using the so-called “natural” to draw you in, yet are still using dangerous and crappy natural flavourings that are the complete opposite of natural.
• Teas are being made cheaply because they’ve been known to be cheap as rubbish macerated dust bags for so many years. Times are changing and we want the real stuff and the health benefits to be more widely known and appreciated. That means supplying it as a loose leaf which is it’s most natural and preferable brewable form, as well as more eco-friendly to produce, hence the reason in price difference that people are not used to (as crappy tea bags have been selling for too long and heavily industrialised).
• Teas are being manufactured cheaply and dangerously using glues, plastics, and chemicals which you are brewing in your cup!
• By manufacturing tea bags into biodegradable tea bag temples like ours, this increases production costs by more than 4 times the cost of manufacturing crappy dust tea bags. We make our tea the proper way, safely and professionally as why would anyone really want to drink anything else and continue to put those dangerous dust bags in their bodies full of all that dangerous plastic, glue and chemicals!
• Companies like to use 1.5g -2g tea maximum so people are pricing in their minds how many tea bags they are getting and not focusing on the weight or quality of the product and completely missing out and being charged more than they should be.
• People quite happily pay fortunes for a small cup of overpriced coffee yet can’t see the value for money in a cup of high-quality superfood tea like ours that in theory is incredibly cheap in comparison.
• Loose leaf is real tea, dust tea is the fake tea that’s bad and heavily processed.
• The average person spends £2,200 per year in coffee shops! Imagine how much superior tea like ours you could get for a fraction of a price. For £434 pounds per year, you could replace your cup of coffee every day with one of our superfood tea bags that are easy to brew and can also be reused multiple times if wanted!
• Fake tea is ridiculously cheap but real tea is still cheap compared to the price of coffee.
• People are being sold on the benefits of a particular ingredient, yet receiving a fake or entirely different one (and in tiny amounts), one that’s incorrectly labeled or ingredients that do not have full safety status (from contamination etc). Very misleading.
So why is tea so underrated and why do people expect a low price on ALL tea believing it to all be the same?
Moving on, why is tea so underrated? Why is it that some coffee beans can be worth so much more than a quality cup of tea with multiple health benefits? Why should these coffee beans be worth more than the price of say, a 3g tea bags worth of incredible natural superfood ingredients? Our teas are being used by people to support multiple health problems (myself included), recovering from surgery and also our ingredients are being used by cancer patients and cancer centers. Would these people really find benefit in huge amounts of coffee beans, cheap ingredients, or tea bags full of dust, manufactured in chlorine and chemical bleached tea bags, glued tea bags with plastic in them (that’s just great for your body isn’t it).j
Can you see how there are so many variables involved that contribute to a good quality tea vs a fake one? Can you see for yourself the amount of misconception involved? This stuff goes on all the time and I truly hope people will wake up.
I truly thank god for all the people we’ve been able to help and support with our products and thank them so much for supporting our brand. They keep me going every day through the hard times, and for every person we help, we hope another 1000 will follow. Every time I receive such great feedback from customers who we have helped with their health and supported their health conditions, it keeps me going proudly in knowing there’s a reason why our teas are so expensive (so cheap) and knowing that the whole entire process of sourcing incredible ingredients, and developing products that no one else will because it’s too costly, all have a meaning in the end when others are being helped.
That is a feeling that these all for-profit greedy companies will never be able to have. Our products really do make a difference and are changing people’s lives and that is the difference between a real tea and a fake one (same goes for the brand and company). Ultimately it’s your decision which products you want to continue putting into your body. I would never want to drink another tea that wasn’t our own. I hope this sheds some light.
Thanks so much for reading. Stay happy, stay healthy, and please support a brand that really cares.