Looking for a caffeine hit for a morning pick-me-up? Coffee has long been the go-to beverage for that kick-starter to your day. Warming, deliciously tasty and just enough oomph to get you started, coffee comes with a great taste and a nice source of energy.
However, it also brings the unfortunate, and inevitable, harsh crash.
Well, we are here to tell you there is another way. Kenko Tea’s Australian matcha can give you the energy you need and so much more.
Let’s dive a little deeper to explore how much caffeine is in matcha, the difference between it and coffee, and the importance of L-Theanine in providing the energy boost you so desperately crave in the morning.
Is There Caffeine in Matcha?
A common question I receive regarding matcha is, "Does matcha have caffeine in it?" It's understandable. Many people are sensitive to caffeine and the crashes in energy levels it can cause, and are therefore curious about the caffeine content of Japanese matcha, or any other drink they're looking to consume.
The short answer is, "Yes it does." Matcha has about 25-35 mg of caffeine in a 1 gram serving (compared to 80-100 mg in a cup of brewed coffee).
There are a lot of differences between the caffeine in matcha and that of coffee though.
Matcha, Coffee, Caffeine and L-Theanine
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 energy jolt and, when it has run its course, the crash.
Conversely, organic matcha releases the caffeine in the bloodstream at a slower rate.
How you may ask? Through the synergistic relationship it has with an amino acid called L-Theanine. The process of shade growing matcha tea plants causes the levels of amino acids — particularly L-Theanine — to skyrocket, and matcha is packed with L-Theanine.
When paired with L-Theanine, 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.
L-Theanine and caffeine are also known for decreasing anxiety levels, reducing fatigue and tiredness and increasing states of relaxation.
So, if you avoid coffee for the the jittery feeling, the crashes or anxiety, you may be able to tolerate the caffeine content in matcha quite well. It's no surprise that matcha has been used by Zen monks to aid in meditation practice for hundreds of years.
One of the biggest benefits that regular matcha drinkers report to me is their increased energy levels. The ability to focus for long periods and a calm, yet alert and energised sensation that lasts for several hours. Case in point, Christine had her first experience with matcha and instantly became a convert.
Matcha vs Other Energy Drinks
How does matcha compare to green tea, black tea or Red Bull? Green tea and black teas made from teabags that have between 30-50 mg of caffeine.
The caffeine in a can of Red Bull is about 80 mg, but that same can has 27 grams of sugar! While this is another drink that gives you energy, expect the harsh crash soon after because of the killer combination of caffeine and plenty of sugar.
The Journey to Kenko Tea
Now a personal story about my own relationship with coffee and how I came to find matcha tea.
Before I started Kenko Tea, I worked as a chef in Melbourne, Australia. It involved long hours on my feet, high stress situations and lots of coffee and energy drinks to get through the day. It got to the point where I was drinking 3-4 cups of coffee just to get through a day at work.
It'd start with the morning coffee when arriving to work. The smell of coffee and the instant hit of caffeine spiked my adrenaline levels. It felt great, I was on top of the world. Until the inevitable crash abut 30 minutes later. (This amusing cartoon by the Oatmeal accurately describes my relationship with coffee.)
And then I'd have another coffee to keep me going, only the second (and third) never quite felt like that initial hit of caffeine in the morning. It was a case of diminishing returns. All this caffeine induced stress wrecked havoc on my body. I was constantly fatigued, I had stomach 'issues'. I felt wired and jittery from all the caffeine but couldn't stop drinking it otherwise I'd be exhausted too.
So the search for an alternative began, and that's when I came across matcha. I don't get any of the stomach 'issues' that I did with coffee. There's no wired, anxious feeling just a calm, relaxed gentle energy lift without the coffee crashes.
Matcha: The Superior Caffeine Source
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 culinary grade matcha to be used on recipes, as well as ceremonial grade matcha for those looking for an authentic experience.