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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Lovely gift set and matcha tea :)

This is a lovely Matcha Tea Gift set which I have used at home and even at the workplace (also used this when facilitating an ikebana session) introducing others about matcha. As some people have mentioned, I recommend using 80C hot water as I was quite impressed with the intricate flavours of the matcha (freshly cut grass, with a touch a bitterness that does not overpower the palate). I appreciate Kenko’s efforts from the processing to the manufacturing and packaging of the ceremonial grade matcha. Thank you.

Best match in the world

Brilliant matcha, I have a teapot daily

Great first experience

This was my first time trying out matcha tea and I stumbled on Kenko tea quite by accident. And I have to say it has been a great first experience. The guide provided helps in creating a unique matcha tea experience. Looking forward to many more such experiences. Thank you Kenko tea!

First order

I review a few companies that sell Matcha, yours is the one I chossed as I found more description of the product and helpful videos.

Love the presentation the tissue paper and the stickers gave to the product a very good introduction.
Drom now on I will keep buying from you my Matcha.

Thank you

Rod Ballesteros

Real matcha

Kenko is the best matcha I've found in Australia. Expensive, but genuine tea matcha unlike the cooking grade which is sold by some suppliers. Whisks up to a beautiful foam, taste and aroma excellent. Reminds me of matcha I bought in Kyoto.