Matcha & Caffeine
Although we touch upon the subject of Matcha and the caffeine levels in Matcha in the various articles at the site; we wanted to devote just a short article specifically on the Caffeine in Matcha.
When drinking Matcha you are consuming the entire tea leaf. This is the main difference between Matcha and all other tea. Matcha drinkers receive the full nutritional benefits of the whole tea leaf and thereby enjoy the higher concentration of green tea antioxidants, amino acids, vitamins, minerals and fiber.
Does Matcha have caffeine?
Yes. Matcha is a type of green tea, and green tea contains caffeine.
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. When comparing Matcha's caffeine to steaped green tea you receive 31.8 mg caffeine in regular green tea and 68mg of caffeine in Ceremonial Matcha.
Keep in mind, caffeine isn't bad for you in moderate amounts and is actually beneficial in the form of Matcha. It's a mild stimulant that naturally occurs in a variety of plants, beans, fruits and nuts. The caffeine in Matcha actually can help to boost your metabolism by as much as 40%, while helping to regulate blood sugar levels.
Matcha green tea is prepared as a powder and whisked into hot water, a method which releases the caffeine into the body gradually 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.
All teas derived from the tea plant (camellia sinensis) contain Caffeine, sometimes referred to as Theine. Because Matcha consists of the entire tea leaf in a powdered form, it is relatively high in Caffeine. The typical serving size of Matcha varies from ½ teaspoon to 1 teaspoon, or 1 to 2 grams of Matcha. Your actual caffeine consumption can vary from 34 to about 68mg, whether you use ½ tsp or 1 tsp.
Due to Matcha's combination of phyto-nutrients, the caffeine in Matcha is assimilated in a very different and much healthier way, than coffee or black tea. The caffeine in Matcha binds to the larger catechin molecules, that also act as powerful antioxidants, and is released into the bloodstream slowly over time, as the catechins are broken down and assimilated. The result is a slow dissemination of caffeine that provides sustained energy for up to 6 to 8 hours. This synergy within Matcha also prevents the insulin and adrenalin spikes typical for coffee intake, so you never have to experience the "crash" that follows when your blood sugar drops.
The potential negative effects of caffeine are offset by the relaxing and calming influence of the amino acid L-Theanine. The combined effect is a state of mental clarity, calm alertness and sustained energy.
Where do our Matcha Blended Teas rank in all of this?
• 2 tsp to 1 tablespoon serving (for the equivalent of a 12 to 16 oz mug) will give you 38-54mg of caffeine.
• If you have a smaller portion, (8 to 12oz) cup of Matcha Chai, then you will use probably 1 1 /2 tsp, which would give you around 28mg of caffeine.
Our Matcha tea blends give you all of the great benefits of Matcha, with the sublime flavor and benefits of our spices and Coconut Nectar Sugar.