One of the most popular being the caffeine. Many people think that because matcha and other varieties of green tea have less caffeine per cup, it will be less effective than a cup of coffee.
In all actuality, this is not true. Green tea possesses a unique, organic compound that is not available in coffee.
When combined with caffeine, an amino acid called L-Theanine evens out the flow of stimulating energy. This allows your body to absorb the boost more steadily, increasing your productivity over an extended period of time instead of in short, overstimulating bursts.
How much caffeine is in a cup of green tea compared to coffee?
It all really depends on the type of variety you are drinking. We are going to take a look at the top 2 green tea varieties, matcha, and sencha. Plus, we will throw in black tea for comparison since they all come from the same plant (Camellia Sinensis).
Take a look at the diagram below.
Loose-leaf green tea varieties such as sencha, have the lowest amount of caffeine at approx. 35mg per 8oz cup.
Black tea comes in a smidge higher at between 40-80mg per 8oz cup.
Matcha, is obviously the highest of the tea, coming in at around 80mg per 8oz cup.
Coffee, however, is still much higher at anywhere from 100-200 mg. Per 8oz cup depending on the preparation.
Why does matcha have more caffeine than loose leaf green tea?
If you were not aware of this already, matcha is created by grinding the leaves into a fine powder that you drink. This means you are consuming the entire leaf instead of just the infused water left behind from steeping green tea.
Since you are consuming the whole leaf with matcha, your body is absorbing the maximum amount of caffeine available along with a host of other highly beneficial effects. You can read more about that here.
Many people find that after giving green tea a try, the steady flow of energy is more enjoyable than the boost from coffee. They report feeling invigorated but not overly stimulated. No crashes, headaches, racing heartbeat, or jitters.
It’s important to remember that everyone absorbs caffeine differently. You may need to adjust how much your drinking, the strength, or variety to experience the desirable effects.
Don’t give up. Keep experimenting. Once you discover your flow, you will never look at coffee the same again.