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One of the most common questions I get from my readers is “How much Caffeine in a Matcha Latte”? All forms of green tea including Matcha contain caffeine. Caffeine is an important component of Matcha, it erases drowsiness while refreshing the mind, body and soul. The caffeine content of Matcha green tea is much smaller than that of coffee, as it is combined with catechins and other wonderful compounds that make matcha so healthy and tasty.
A short analysis of the caffeine in matcha green tea
Matcha tea contains about 25 mg of caffeine per teaspoon. This is about 1/3 of the caffeine in coffee. Coffee tends to make you nervous while Matcha tea leaves you relaxed and operational. The reason for this is that the caffeine content of Matcha is low enough to be well tolerated by most of these consumers. In addition, the caffeine in this powdered green tea is balanced by other “good” compounds that allow a slower release of it. So, you don’t really get a “brutal whiplash ephemeral” with the Matcha as you can get it with coffee. In fact, the small amount of caffeine in matcha takes about 3 to 4 hours to be absorbed completely into the bloodstream! Because of this slow release, you feel fresh and rejuvenated for hours with just a cup of Matcha tea.
Here is a brief comparison of caffeine in matcha with other popular drinks:
- 1 teaspoon of Matcha (about 1 gram) has about 25-30 mg of caffeine.
- 1 cup of coffee infused about 150-200 mg of coffee.
- 1 cup green tea infused 35-70 mg of caffeine
- 1 cup of oolong tea infused has about 50-75mg of caffeine
- 1 cup of black tea infused with 60-90 mg of caffeine
- 1 can of Coca-Cola Classic contains 32 mg of caffeine
If you are concerned about the caffeine content of Matcha, you can change your brewing and the amount of powder you use in your recipes. If you like thicker tea with a smoothie-like texture, you can get between 25 and 120 mg of caffeine. On the other hand, a lighter matcha tea (usucha style) contains only 20 mg.
What makes the caffeine in Matcha better than other teas and coffees?
Very good question.
All teas belong to the plant Camellia Sinensis. White, green, black and oolong teas all contain caffeine, which is one of the building blocks of the plant’S DNA.
In the case of Matcha, the minimum caffeine content acts in synergy with its phytonutrients, catechins, antioxidants and amino acids for a slower release since the caffeine molecules bind to these nutrients. The result: instead of feeling instantly awake or overly nervous as you are with a coffee, you feel more energetic, concentrated and longer refreshed with Matcha. Your body gets the fuel it needs for the next few hours so that your brain can fully concentrate on the task at hand. Thus, Matcha green tea gives you the energy to work for several hours without experiencing an accident or excessive fatigue that is so characteristic of coffee. With Matcha, you will not feel any dependence on caffeine as the slow release does not cause a peak in insulin levels unlike coffee.
Note: the caffeine of matcha tea acts on the body differently than that present in coffee
The caffeine in coffee is like cold water splashing on your body on the coldest days of winter, it hits you with a dry snap and instantly wakes you followed by trembling. The caffeine in Matcha green tea is like meditation . You relax completely while remaining perfectly awake and conscious. Your mind and body are ready to face the world!
Why is matcha better than coffee?
A cup of coffee contains about 100 mg of caffeine. In comparison, a bowl of matcha contains 25mg to 30mg of caffeine, which is 3 to 4 times less than in a cup of coffee.
However in tea and matcha this caffeine is called Theine and although it is exactly the same molecule as caffeine, Theine contained in matcha acts differently in our body…
In coffee, caffeine is completely bioavailable, which means it passes immediately into the bloodstream.
Yeah, too much coffee makes you crazy!
In matcha, Theine is associated with the tannins of tea which delay its assimilation into our body and thus has smoother effects on time than coffee.
This is why the matcha has a stimulating effect that lasts 4 to 6 hours while the coffee gives a shorter “boost” and then a “crash”. Matcha tea is well used, for example, to avoid the early afternoon rush. Drinking a cup of matcha at the end of the morning will help to limit or eliminate this blow.
Drinking matcha increases your concentration and alertness over a long period of time without being restless or feeling any kind of nervousness.
In addition, one of the main properties of matcha is its high concentration of L-Theanine. When interacting with matcha’s Thein, this amino acid relaxes your brain while making you stimulated. Relaxing and stimulating at the same time.
That’s why we use the term ” calmly productive.”
Here it is finally my famous recipe of matcha latte + 2 health alternatives that you could try to enhance your energizing beverage!
Classic matcha latte recipe
Gives you 2 servings
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup vanilla almond milk, sugar-free so Fresh or coconut milk, or a blend of coconut milk-almonds from the Natura brand!
- 1 teaspoon of matcha (I use the matcha sora of Camelia Sinensis, or since very recently the matcha bangoshi, which I have-DO-RE).
- 1 pinch of cinnamon (optional)*
- 1 dash of vanilla essence
- A few ice cubes (if you want to drink your matcha latte in iced version!)
* Cinnamon is optional, but personally I like to use it because it comes naturally to sweeten my matcha latte. As I don’t use any sugar (maple syrup, agave, honey or other) in my recipe, it is really the little pinch of cinnamon that helps to cut the bitterness of matcha.
+ 2 health alternatives, to try to improve your energizing drink!
Add a tablespoon of hydrolysed collagen
And, what actually is collagen?
Collagen is a protein found in all structures of the body : skin, cartilage, tendons, ligaments and connective tissue. It accounts for 30-35% of the body’s total protein and ensures the cohesion, elasticity and regeneration of all these tissues. When used as a supplement, collagen would be ingested and absorbed by the intestine, and then redistributed in the different structures of the body in which it occurs naturally, which would activate the natural production of collagen in the body.
As a result, the body would avoid deficiencies (which can occur for various reasons such as : smoking, alcohol, coffee, but also stress, physical training as well as infections, pollution and even some medications. However, the most fierce enemy of collagen is of course age, since collagen production decreases by 1% per year from the age of 40.)
Compared to the” glue ” of the body, collagen acts on several levels. In addition to being a soluble and easily digested protein source, collagen would promote better body recovery for highly active people, decrease inflammation and joint pain, and help improve the appearance of skin, hair and nails.
How much to use?
Personally, I use hydrolyzed collagen (peptides) at the base as a source of protein (1 tbsp = 8g protein). In its white powder form, the collagen dissolves easily in a hot drink (coffee, tea, matcha, etc.), a smoothie, yogurt and even in a host of recipes (lunch, snacks, etc.). Since hydrolysed collagen is tasteless, it is easy to cook. For my part, I add to my latte matcha, but I also like to use it in my oatmeal, my golden bread, as well as various recipes of energy balls, muffins, pancakes, and others.…
Add one teaspoon of coconut oil (or butter from grass fed cows only = “ghee grass-fed”) + one teaspoon of bulletproof Brain.Octane oil
Why add a source of “fat” to his matcha latte you will ask ? I invite you to read the article in discovery health, featuring Brain Octane oil that I published last spring. In this one I presented to you the trend of the bulletproff coffee and the bombproof matcha which aims to use Brain Octane oil, combined with a source of fat and a stimulant (tea or coffee) to create a most energizing beverage.
Where can I find the products presented in the recipe?
Well, all the products mentioned in this recipe are available in various grocery and online stores. You can find them online or at Amazon, where I get mine:). Here are the direct links for matcha , collagen hydrolysate and Brain Octane oil!