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Does Matcha Have Caffeine

January 17, 2020 2 min read

Looking for a caffeine hit for a morning pick-me-up?  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 matcha can give you the energy you need and so much more.  Let’s dive a little deeper with matcha and caffeine.  .  

Does Matcha Have Caffeine?

Yes, Matcha is green tea, and green tea contains caffeine.  An 8 - ounce cup with 1g or ½ tsp serving of matcha contains 35mg of caffeine. The same 8 - ounce cup of brewed coffee can have about 80-100mg of caffeine.  Kenko Tea’s matcha gives you the caffeine to give you sustained energy, but not the harsh crash. 

Matcha and Coffee

Who hasn’t crashed hard after that morning cup of coffee?  The reason for this is that caffeine from 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 vs Other Energy Drinks

How does matcha match up to green tea, black tea or red bull?  Green tea and black teas made from teabags have between 30-50mg of caffeine. 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 started after 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 way you want to use it.  


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1298 reviews
A perfect bowl to enjoy my Matcha

Very cute, elegant white bowl to enjoy a nice Matcha. The flat bottom makes the whisking easy and smooth. The irregular design gives it aute artisanal look.

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Delicious and high quality

Favourite matcha

I’ve tried numerous brands of matcha and this one by far is the best tasting one. Very smooth matcha flavour without any bitterness. I drink it every single day and couldn’t be happier about the quality.

Organic Ceremonial Grade Matcha Powder - 100g Bag

Happy customer

I’m new to green tea and was recommended your particular tea. It certainly lives up to its reputation, and I now love to savour a small cup every day. Thanks for your prompt service and your helpful tips. They inspired me to try a few new ideas. All the best and, again, many thanks. Sal B