Coffee vs. Matcha

Coffee vs. Matcha

Most of us start the day (or power through the afternoon) with a caffeinated beverage of personal preference. Whilst coffee has traditionally been the caffeinated choice, in recent years matcha has become the go-to energy elixir. Let’s take a closer look at the caffeine conundrum – coffee vs matcha. 

In one corner, we have coffee, a beloved beverage steeped in tradition and consumed worldwide. In the other, we find matcha, a powdered Japanese green tea whose popularity has surged in recent years, captivating the taste buds of health-conscious enthusiasts.

Common Ground: Caffeine Content

Despite their different origins, both matcha and coffee share common ground as caffeinated drinks derived from plants that are typically consumed hot and bitter in taste. They have similar nutritional profiles, brimming with antioxidants called polyphenols that combat oxidative stress and promote overall health. 

Both coffee and matcha can help to support weight management with some studies showing that caffeine could increase the rate at which your body burns calories by up to 13% for 3 hours. The key differences are through how they give you an energy boost.

 

Energy Equation: Coffee’s Instant Kick vs. Matcha’s Gradual Boost

Coffee is renowned for its instant energy kick, peaking around 15 minutes after consumption. Caffeine, the main stimulant in coffee, also blocks sleep-promoting compounds in the brain, resulting in a state of alertness. However, this speedy rise in energy is often followed by a subsequent crash, leaving many individuals feeling fatigued and mentally drained.

On the other hand, matcha offers a more measured approach. Alongside caffeine, matcha contains L-theanine, an amino acid that promotes relaxation and reduces stress. As a result, the energising effects of matcha peak at around 30 minutes, providing a more stable source of alertness. Unlike the abrupt crash with coffee, matcha offers a slower return to baseline energy levels, without the fatigue, mental fog and shakes that some experience with drinking coffee.

 

The Verdict: Coffee or Matcha?

When it comes to choosing between coffee and matcha, the decision ultimately comes down to personal preference and desired outcomes. Coffee lovers may continue with the immediate energy surge from their beloved brew, despite the inevitable crash that follows for many. However, those seeking a more balanced source of energy may be soothed in the tranquil embrace of matcha’s slow-release energy. 

Whether you opt for coffee or matcha, both offer their own unique benefits for health promotion and energy boosts – but be mindful that caffeine has a half life of up to 6 hours, so I advise most of my clients not to consume it after lunchtime. 

 

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