Does Matcha Have Caffeine

January 17, 2020 2 min read

The morning boost, who doesn’t need one?  Some may need it in the afternoon. Coffee has long been the go-to beverage for that pick-me-up.  With coffee comes great taste and a nice energy source, but also the unfortunate harsh crash. We are here to tell you there is another way.  Kenko Tea’s grades of matcha can give you the energy you need without the jolt. Let’s dive a little deeper with matcha and caffeine.  

Caffeine in Matcha

Matcha is a green tea, and green tea contains caffeine.  Matcha is made from the whole of tea leaves giving you more caffeine than bagged tea, and also giving you the full nutritional benefits from drinking it.  Preparation is a key component with caffeine levels. An 8 - ounce cup with 1 teaspoon of matcha has about 70mg of caffeine, while cutting the teaspoon in half has about 35-40 mg of caffeine.  The same 8 - ounce cup of coffee has about 100mg of caffeine. Kenko Tea’s matcha gives you the caffeine to give you the morning jolt, but not the harsh crash. Why you may ask?

Matcha and Coffee

Who hasn’t crashed hard with that morning cup of coffee?  The reason for this is that coffee is absorbed straight into the bloodstream.  The quick absorption brings the jolt, but when it has run its course, crash. Conversely, matcha has amino acids and phyto-nutirents that release the caffeine in the bloodstream at a slower rate.  One such amino acid, L-theanine found in matcha, when combined with caffeine, produces feelings of alertness without sudden drops in mood. The combined effect of this amino acid and matcha helps sustain energy levels, brings a sense of alertness, and gives you a calm state of mental clarity.  

Matcha and Other Caffeine Drinks

There are other drinks we consume to give us energy.  How does matcha match up to green and black tea, red bull?  Remember, since matcha is made from the whole of crushed tea leaves it will have more caffeine than bagged teas.  Green tea and black are bagged teas and have caffeine levels half that of matcha drinks. Caffeine in a can of red bull is about 80mg, but that same can has 27g of sugar.  This is another drink that gives you energy, but expect the harsh crash soon after because of the caffeine and sugar.

The Kenko Tea Verdict

Kenko Tea was began by searching for an alternative way to coffee.  Coffee is great, don’t get me wrong. But, the health advantages matcha brings to the table makes it a truly special drink.  If you want energy without the harsh crash, a calm, mental state of clarity, and a sense of focus and alertness, look no further than picking up some of Kenko Tea’s matcha.  We offer different grades for whichever you want to use it.  


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