Matcha vs. Coffee

3rd May 2023

eric@teadogu.comWed, May 3 at 11:37 AM

I have to admit that some people prefer matcha and some prefer coffee. It's a matter of taste and one's history. I like both! I usually have a latte in the morning, but my taste buds and stomach can't take it all day like I used to, so I switch to Green Tea for the rest of the day. One of the questions I get asked very often is "how do green tea and coffee compare with regards to caffeine"? I'll give you the answer here, but there's more to the comparison that you should consider.
A typical matcha serving is about 4 oz and contains about 30 mg of caffeine. An 8 oz serving would contain about 60 mg of caffeine.
Sencha, or similar green teas, are usually served in 4-8 oz servings and contain 25-35 mg of caffeine.
Coffee can be served in 2-8 oz servings, but can also be provided in different intensities, These contain 92 to 200 mg of caffeine
With green tea, the leaves are steeped and then removed from the water before the tea is consumed. With matcha, however, the whole leaf is consumed. Matcha is considered one of the most aromatic green teas. It’s the only drink where the green leaves from tea bushes are consumed as part of the drink rather than being infused in hot water. Above, we mentioned the caffeine contents for green teas vs coffee, but there is more to the picture. Here is a closer look at the key compounds in each of the beverages.
• Increased and sustained energy• Improved mental focus* Improved weight loss* Matcha has a better caffeine high with no jitters, spikes or crashes
• Stress relief• Improves sleep• Calmer with more sustained energy• Stabilizes blood glucose• Reduces stress and improves mood (stimulates production of Serotonin)• Reduces inflammation• Improves immune system• Increases energy Matcha contains L-'theanine, an amino acid that gives it its unique flavor. This amino acid also creates a calmer and more sustained energy, whereas coffee can give you an instant jolt of energy, but with a bit of a jittery edge. It’s also believed that this amino acid boosts the immune system and reduce blood pressure. L-'theanine stimulates production of serotonin, a feel-good neurotransmitter that can reduce stress and boost your mood. When you boost serotonin levels it can help to lower blood pressure and reduce levels of cortisol, a stress hormone that may cause inflammation and an increase in appetite.
Catachins are also known as EGCG Anti-oxidents
• Increases fat metabolism (weight loss)• Repairs damaged cells (reduces risk of diseases or cancer) Catechins help to prevent and repair damage to your cells. It’s well known that such antioxidants play a vital role in reducing risk of disease, specifically with cancer.” Pulverizing the leaves after they’ve dried is critical to matcha’s health benefits because it releases high levels of antioxidants, such as catechin and polyphenols. “The process of milling completely breaks the cell walls of the leaf. All the good stuff is in there.
Which is better: Matcha or Coffee? That really depends on which you prefer by taste, by how you take your beverage and what your goals are. “There’s no right or wrong on which to choose, and you don’t need to stick to one over the other.” Both coffee and matcha can be part of a healthy diet. If you’re drinking one or the other solely for the health benefits, matcha might give you a bigger bang for your buck. Matcha contains the whole tea leaf and not just extract like most teas; it contains higher levels of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients. One cup of matcha contains 10 times the amount of antioxidants as a cup of green leaf tea.”
If you're interested in matcha, check out the web pages for Tea Dogu
Best regards, Eric "Sou" Lane Phone: (818-404-6523)Email:
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