Ingredient of the Week: Coffee Is No Match For Matcha Green Tea

July 17, 2015
by Michelle Pellizzon for Thrive Market
Ingredient of the Week: Coffee Is No Match For Matcha Green Tea

It’s 11 a.m. and you’re already three cups of coffee deep into your day. Caffeine addiction much? (Yeah, you and the rest of America.)

We feel you, but if your love for coffee borders on full-blown obsession, it might be time to look for an alternative fix.

Matcha Green Tea vs. Coffee

Enter matcha. This powdered green tea has 25 mg of caffeine, about a third of what’s in your morning coffee. But even though matcha contains less of the stimulant, you’ll feel more sustained energy because of the other nutrients in your cup.

Matcha Tea is Green Tea 2.0

Matcha is basically the upgraded version of your typical green tea. It’s name literally means "powdered tea,” and it comes from green tea leaves that are grown in the shade to retains their color and nutrients. The leaves are handpicked, dried, and aged for nearly six months before they're pulverized into a bright green powder.

Making Your Own Tea

To make a cup, whisk 1 ½ teaspoons of matcha with about two ounces of hot water. The result? A frothy, green drink that tastes vaguely earthy and sweet. If you like a creamier latte, try adding some steamed almond milk, coconut milk, or even half-and-half. Even if the taste of matcha alone isn't reason enough for you to forsake the coffee pot, the nutrients in this little green powder will blow your latte away.

Because you’re ingesting the entire tea leaf (stems and all), you’re getting even more antioxidants, fiber, and nutrition than your typical cup of steeped green tea. Matcha contains catechin polyphenols, a type of compound loaded with antioxidants. These powerhouses of nutrition are known to fight heart disease, cancer, and slow down the aging process.

Green Tea's Superfood Status

Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), the catechin that gives green tea its superfood status, is found in high amounts in matcha. This overachieving nutrient has been heavily researched, and has positive effects on your metabolism, fighting cancer, and even regulating blood sugar.

Green Tea Caffeine verses Coffee

Because matcha has slightly less caffeine than coffee, it’s a perfect afternoon pick-me-up that won’t disturb your sleep later. And if you’re cutting back on your morning habit but want to avoid the dreaded caffeine headache? Try matcha as your second cup mid-morning to keep yourself energized all day long.

Plus, matcha's delicate earthy flavor lends itself well to all kinds of desserts—like this frozen matcha "ice cream" cake—and even savory dishes, like this salmon rice bowl with matcha tea.

Photo credit: Paul Delmont




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  • Ariel Gail MacLean@yahoo

    I appreciate your effort, Michelle, at educating us about the benefits and advantages of drinking green tea - especially matcha, over drinking organic coffee. However, we have a big problem with Green Tea and Matcha. We can no longer justify consuming that which is grown in China - even "certified Organic" is unquestionably contaminated and can no longer be vetted as safe. What we now know and continue to find, is that China's agricultural practices and soil contamination is so widespread and bio-accumulated, that it just is not safe to consume products from China. This leads us to the next most likely source of Green Tea - Japan. Please do your own research and always verify what someone else claims, but the updated truth about all consumable products from Japan are that they are no longer safe due to radioactive isotopes bathing the entire region and now, beyond Japan. What was suspected as contaminating the Pacific NW several years ago, is now throughout the entire world and on every continent, some inland locations now registering higher levels than the PNW. Japan can no longer be used as a source of food, fish, seaweed, tea, fruit, herbs, mushrooms, suishi ingredients, etc. It is our willful ignorance about the ongoing and accelerating planetary problem of Fukushima, which will be continuing beyond any of our lives, that damaging and destroying all species, not just Humans. Look for scientific testing exposes coming out soon. So far, the only people testing soil, water, plants, etc., are Independent and Citizen Scientists who are not supported by our complicit government which refuses to take responsibility for protecting the people. Meanwhile, be advised that our government continues to promote the notion of "Safe Nuclear Power" and the proliferation of many more Fukushima-type (GE design) Nuclear Power plants on highly unstable faultlines across North America, and there is a current US-sponsored push to re-open Japan's 50 leaking and faulty Fukushima-type Power Plants which were shut down when Fukushima first failed. Our problem is much more than not being able to find a clean source of Green Tea for a decade. What is at stake is the sustainability of the Planet.

  • Florence

    Very Sobering, even if you like I am not a consumer of Alcoholic beverages.