Coffee houses have been extremely popular in western society for centuries. Until recent times, tea has been the less popular choice, unless you're British of course. However, the times are changing and people are beginning to realise that while coffee can be delicious, it can also affect you in a bad way.
Matcha is quickly becoming a worldwide phenomena. Though Coffee may still reign supreme in aroma and taste, good Matcha can certainly come close.
We've compiled our 5 reasons that we think everyone should be drinking Matcha Tea over Coffee:
Reason 1.) Matcha's caffeine high doesn't leave you shaking and jittery.
Matcha powder only has 70gm of caffeine compared to an espresso shot with 440gm of caffeine. Many often believe that the more caffeine they consume, the better they will feel, which is completely untrue. Not realising that caffeine is basically a drug, with similar effects to that of heroine. When one consumes too much caffeine, too quickly, the body raises it's adrenaline levels causing to some to feel like their heart is going to explode.
What Matcha lacks in caffeine, it makes up for with things like L-Theanine, which allows the alertness levels caused by caffeine to keep you focused for longer. While the caffeine in coffee will only keep you focused for an hour or so, the caffeine in Matcha can last between 3-7 hours.
Reason 2.) Matcha is jam packed full of antioxidants.
Most people have no idea what an antioxidant is or what it does. The term antioxidant typically refers to naturally occuring substances, which prevent or slow down oxidisation effects on the food you eat, or more importantly, on the cells inside your body. The more commonly used natural antioxidant (often called preservative on food labels) would be Vitamin C, the thing everyone says that you should take to reduce your illness. This basically means that antioxidants assist with fighting off sickness and disease inside your body, the more antioxidants, the less chance you have of getting sick. The best and most realistic way to get antioxidants is to eat whole (real) foods, avoid processed foods, as they are stripped of their nutrition during the manufacturing process.
Now that you know what antioxidants are, you should know that Matcha has around 63,000 ORAC units, which is 50 times greater than the amount found in regular brewed green tea. Matcha has significantly more antioxidants, because you are drinking the entire dried tea leaf when you drink it. You are also absorbing all of the Matcha tea leaves benefits in full by drinking the dried tea leaf powder. Where as steeping regular green tea leaves only allows a small percentage of the nutrients, and even just a small amount of tea leaf flavour to pass into your cup.
Reason 3.) Matcha is better for your breath and teeth
Coffee contains significantly more dark pigments in it than green tea (Matcha). It also contains large amounts of acid, which combined with the dark pigments, cause severe teeth staining.
Ever notice a distinctly gross smell on your breath after drinking coffee? This is actually caused by a high sulfur content in coffee, think of the smell of boiled of eggs, asparagus, and mustard. The high sulfur content in coffee, combined with large amounts of caffeine, which causes mouth dryness, all leads to one thing. Bad breath!
This is where the antioxidants in Matcha come in to play yet again. Green tea leaves (Matcha), contains significant amounts of polyphenols as part of it's antioxidant rich nature, and polyphenols are said to assist in abolishing halitosis (bad breath)
Reason 4.) Matcha is significantly better for the environment
If you know anything about coffee, then you know how terrible it can be for the environment and even the people who harvest it. Coffee is typically grown in South America or Africa, in poorer nations with very low regulatory and safety standards. Unfortunately, a lot of todays coffee is produced by less honorable means, including slavery, child labour, intensive deforestation, and even animal cruelty. There are currently animals locked up in cages right now, being fed coffee beans so that consumers can drink their digested coffee beans.
Matcha on the other hand, has a very low impact on the environment. That's not to say that Matcha cultivation is perfect, but there are certainly no reported cases of tea cultivating slaves in the Matcha industry. The cultivation process of Matcha (at least in Japan), doesn't require any deforestation. Tea fields are reused over and over, with only the top leaves of the tea plant being harvested.
Reason 5.) Matcha is easier to make
This one is pretty simple, Matcha doesn't require any kind of fancy equipment to make. It doesn't require an oversized and overpriced piece of brewing equipment, just to get the right temperature, pressure and moisture levels. You can literally do anything with Matcha, including baking, ice cream, lattes, iced beverages, you name it, Matcha can do it.
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