While there is a risk of over-stimulating yourself when drinking coffee, there’s no downside to drinking matcha.
Matcha is a prized, emerald coloured tea powder produced from the hand picked, steamed and stone ground leaves of Camellia Sinensis, the common green tea plant. This laborious method of production results in a fine powder full of immune boosting catechins and antioxidants, that is ready to whisk into a delicate, creamy energising drink.
It’s also becoming popular as the health benefits rapidly gain public currency. More than a delicious looking green latte that’s trending at the moment, matcha is here to stay in all it’s green glory.
Here are our top 5 reasons why you should swap that cappuccino for a matcha latte.
1. No Caffeine Crash / Jitters
Although matcha does contain caffeine - about 25g per serving, or one third of that of a cup of coffee - there are no caffeine crashes associated with matcha. This is because matcha also contains an amino acid called l-theanine, which has a calming effect. L-theanine works synergistically with caffeine to be enhance cognitive performance, and balances the caffeine spikes that come with coffee. So there are no 3pm coffee crashes.
2. Reduces Stress / Promotes Relaxation
The amino acid l-theanine helps your mind stay calm in stressful times and the organic matcha in this blend contains between 40-50mg per serve. The combination of l-theanine and caffeine, both naturally occurring in matcha, has been shown to help focus attention during demanding tasks.
3. Boosts Metabolism
Matcha is a potent source of green tea catechins that help to increase your body's metabolism, burning calories quicker. With all variables (age, weight, gender, ethnicity, diet and energy expenditure) accounted for, matcha has been proven to increase energy expenditure and fat oxidation.
4. Antioxidants / Anti-Aging
According to the Journal of Chromatography, matcha contains 137 times more antioxidants than standard green tea. Antioxidants are able to neutralise free radicals within the body which cause cellular damage, which means that your hair, skin, nails, and whole body will gain a rejuvenated healthy glow.
5. Cognitive Protection / Enhances Concentration
Regular consumption of Matcha improves the brain’s ability to transmit information along its neural pathways. By improving the efficiency of your brain’s neural pathways you improve your spatial learning and your ability to think creatively.
Our favourite matcha latte recipe? This Simple And Creamy Matcha Latte by Sappho Hatzis.