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How much caffeine does Matcha have?

Min Read | January 29, 2019

For those of us who appreciate a daily energy boost, coffee isn’t the only natural choice. All forms of tea made from the camellia sinensis plant contain caffeine, with black and green tea boasting the greatest amounts of the natural stimulant. Matcha, a popular ingredient in lattes, desserts, and on its own in a water or milk suspension, is produced when green tea leaves are ground in their entirety into a bright green powder.

Because we ingest the entire leaf instead of just its essence, a cup of matcha delivers all the nutrients and caffeine content of the green tea leaves used to make it. In fact, it offers ten times more antioxidants than a regular cup of green tea. This means we get not only more caffeine, but also greater health benefits from matcha than we do from a typical cup of green tea, whose leaves we discard once they’ve finished steeping. Consuming the whole leaf, in other words, has its perks.

CAFFEINE CONTENT IN MATCHA

An 8-ounce cup of matcha tea has around 70 mg of caffeine: not far from a cup of coffee, which has anywhere from 70 to 140, depending on the type of beans and how they’re brewed. By comparison, a typical shot of espresso contains about 65 mg of coffee, so a matcha latte and a cafe latte should help you reach a similar state of alertness. But that’s where the similarities end.

In addition to offering an impressive energy boost, matcha also contains L-Theanine, an amino acid known to deliver an enlivening sense of calmness. It balances out matcha’s caffeine content, helping us focus without giving us the uncomfortable jolt we sometimes get from too much coffee. This combination makes matcha a stellar alternative to a morning cup of joe*, packing all sorts of antioxidants associated with cancer prevention, weight management and the ability to lower cholesterol. In fact, it boasts ten times the antioxidants of a regular cup of green tea.

WHERE MATCHA COMES FROM

Matcha has been a favorite drink across Japan for centuries. Now thought of as a superfood, it dates back to China’s Tang Dynasty, when green tea powder was thought to have been discovered by a Buddhist monk and taken to Japan, where it became popular among samurai warriors and the royal class.

Now, in addition to its use as a culinary ingredient in dessert recipes, it can also be made into a latte or prepared in one of its two traditional forms: usucha (a thin preparation) and koicha (a thicker version of usucha), made with hot water and a whisk. To learn more about how to prepare matcha for yourself, explore Tea Forte’s ultimate guide to this wondrous green tea powder.


* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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