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 …