Caffeine Content of Matcha Green Tea

by Matthew Burgess on June 17, 2010

What if I told you that matcha uses half the caffeine of coffee to give you as much energy for twice as long, with less jitters.

Sound too good to be true? The secret is in the whisk. Read on and learn why matcha tea I such a win-win-win.

Our readers have been asking about the caffeine content of matcha green tea as opposed to regular tea. The simple answer is that matcha has just as much, if not more, caffeine than regular tea does. However, the preparation and brewing method of matcha makes a positive difference in the overall effect of caffeine on your body.

It is true that because matcha is made from crushed whole tea leaves, the caffeine content is somewhat higher than that of bagged tea. In fact, the caffeine level of matcha can actually equal half the level of a black cup of coffee.

Keep in mind, caffeine isn’t bad for you in moderate amounts. It’s a mild stimulant that naturally occurs in a variety of plants, beans, fruits and nuts. Humans have been consuming caffeine for hundreds of years, in pursuit of the chemical’s energizing effects. Another plus: it’s not stored in the body after consumption (hence the well-known diuretic effect of coffee and tea).

As we all know, drinking too much coffee or black tea results in the jitters. Steeping tea leaves releases the caffeine directly into the water causing it to be absorbed all by the body all at once. This causes the 3-4 hour energy spike you experience after drinking a strong cup of coffee.

Matcha green tea is prepared as a powder and whisked into hot water, a method which releases the caffeine into the body continuously over 6-8 hours. Swapping regular tea or coffee for matcha green tea will result in sustained energy and increased focus without giving you the shakes or a caffeine crash later in the day.

There are tons of other great benefits to consuming matcha green tea, like its potential to reduce the risk of cancer, soothe the skin, and promote overall well-being. Anyone who is extra sensitive to the effects of caffeine should still limit their matcha intake, but the general effect of matcha will be better and better for you than regular tea, and certainly better than coffee.

Ah, but I do love my macchiato at Intelligentsia Venice

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{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Tiana April 11, 2011 at 2:03 am

I love green tea, and while I was surfing around the web I find this intersting article..
Lot’s of information about this kind of green tea, I truly appreciate it…

Jim Jackson April 15, 2011 at 10:57 am

where do I find matcha green tea?

Samurai Jack March 29, 2012 at 9:49 am

Jim! You can find Matcha at any Teavanna store if you live near one, or there are a number of web sites that sell Imperial Grade Matcha (including Be advised, however, that Matcha is expensive. It’s going to run your pocket book dry faster than regular green tea packets or bags will. A 3 oz jar can run as low as $35 and as high as… well… WAY more than that. I find that a 1.4 oz jar lasts me about a month and a half (i drink between 1 – 2 cups of Matcha per day).

John August 27, 2012 at 2:47 am

I’ve been drinking matcha green tea for awhile now and I absolutely love it. It has alot of antioxidants, and it gives me a good energy boost too.

Sharon March 12, 2013 at 10:53 am

I throw matcha in my smoothies in the morning for an antioxidant and eye-opening boost! Love the stuff.

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