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Matcha vs Coffee

Cafe latte or matcha latte? Iced mocha or iced matcha lemonade?

The matcha trend seems to be steadily on the rise- even die-hard coffee lovers are now embracing the green tea powder. We share several reasons to swap out your usual coffee drink for matcha.

  • Matcha vs Coffee

Caffeine: The caffeine found in coffee causes spikes in adrenaline glucose and insulin levels, which cause the heart to beat faster and produces anxiety-like physical symptoms like heart palpitations. On the other hand, matcha contains just enough caffeine (much less than coffee) to promote alertness, but without the jitters and nervousness. In fact, the amino acid L-Theanine found in matcha has a calming effect, and is known to reduce anxiety and enhance mood.

Antioxidants and other Health Benefits: Matcha has a whopping 137 times the amount of antioxidants as compared to coffee. Gram for gram, it has the highest antioxidant level compared to goji and acai berries. Antioxidants such as flavonoids, polyphenols and epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) protect against disease and aging. Not to mention matcha’s ability to rev up your metabolism, lower cholesterol and improve mental clarity- a win-win all around.

Energy: Caffeine in coffee enters the bloodstream quickly, which starts you off with a high but usually leaves you with a crash. On the other hand, L-Theanine in matcha slows the body’s absorption of caffeine, resulting in a steady and sustained release of energy over several hours, without the withdrawal symptoms and subsequent crash. It’s no wonder Buddhist monks and samurai warriors drank matcha in traditional ceremonies before meditation and battle.

If you’re as convinced as we are- try any of our matcha food and drink recipes here or shop The Matcha Warrior and The Matcha Sage here.

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