It is no surprise that almost every person in the world starts their day with a cup (or three in our case) of tea or coffee. The odds are that you already had a cup or you are drinking one right now as you’re reading this blog. One of the reasons why this morning cup of tea or coffee is an essential part of all our mornings is mainly because the caffeine from tea and coffee helps us to get energised and kick start our day.
In recent years, matcha has become a popular beverage and often substitutes coffee as a source of caffeine. So, we thought it's worth a look into how matcha compares to coffee and how good of a job it does in giving us energy.
Matcha is much more than your regular cup of green tea! It preserves all the core nutrients of tea till you steep and consume it. This is because the production of matcha involves the entire tea leaf which is ground into a fine powder. Rather than what happens with other types of green tea where the tea leaves are infused in hot water that extracts most of its nutrients. The preparation of matcha has its own unique process that differentiates it from the other types of green tea. A small proportion of the powder is placed in a small bowl and then hot water is poured in. In order to achieve that bright hue foam, the mixture is whipped vigorously for around two or three minutes using a bamboo whisk.
The possibilities with Matcha are endless! There are just so many ways you can incorporate it into your daily routine and get the most out of it. For instance, you can make lattes, teas, cakes, biscuits, pasta, basically any type of dish or dessert you like.
Matcha is an alkaline that digests much faster and less likely to upset your stomach.
How can matcha boost your energy?
Tea contains caffeine and since matcha is derived from the tea plant, it naturally contains a certain amount of caffeine as well. This caffeine content is responsible for the energy-boosting properties of matcha. However, there’s a difference between matcha and coffee and it’s that although it contains caffeine, a cup of matcha doesn't give you the bothersome caffeine jitters like coffee does. This is because the caffeine content in matcha is gradually released into your body, unlike coffee where the caffeine hits you at once. Along with this sustained energy boost, matcha also brings an abundance of other health benefits as well. Moreover, it contains many body-boosting antioxidants like Catechins that protects the cells from damage caused by oxidative stress.
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Coffee contains more caffeine than matcha, but the slow release of caffeine in matcha ensures that you get a more sustained energy boost from matcha compared to coffee.
Why choose matcha over coffee?
As more and more health benefits of matcha come to light, many of us are opting for Matcha as an alternative to coffee. The idea of coffee and energy drinks being the only beverages that will boost your energy couldn’t be further away from the truth. So, if you’ve been looking for a sign to make you switch from coffee to matcha, here it is!
Matcha has a lower caffeine content compared to coffee but it leaves you feeling energised for longer (for around 5 - 6 hours) by slowly releasing caffeine into your body. It is also said that matcha is actually great for oral care and does not leave your breath smelling off like coffee does. Furthermore, matcha does wonders for your skin by helping to clear up acne and enhance your skin’s natural glow through its antioxidant properties.
What are your thoughts? Do you think matcha is actually more effective than coffee or other energy drinks when it comes to boosting your energy?
There are tons of easy recipes to get you started on your journey to being a matcha fanatic. If you are new to matcha, we assure you it won’t disappoint you. For a starter, you can try our range of organic matcha herbal infusions that are perfect as on-the-go drinks. The flavourful combinations adding a twist to your cuppa is another bonus!