Matcha vs Coffee

Discover Matcha as an Alternative to Coffee: Benefits, Taste & Delicious Recipes​

Discover the benefits of Matcha green tea and make the switch

By Niels

Replacing matcha with coffee: discover the benefits and make the switch

Matcha vs coffee - it's a debate that has gripped the hot drink world for some time now. Both have their unique flavors, health benefits, and devoted followers. But which of the two is really the better choice? In this article, we'll dive deep into the world of Matcha and coffee, compare their nutritional values, health benefits and flavors, and help you decide which drink is right for you. Whether you're a seasoned coffee drinker considering switching to matcha, or just curious about the differences between these two popular beverages, read on to find out more in this comprehensive matcha vs. coffee comparison.

What is Matcha Green Tea?​

Matcha is a Japanese green tea powder, made from the finest tea leaves that have been carefully ground into a fine powder. The difference between Matcha and regular green tea is in the way of preparation and consumption. With Matcha you consume the entire tea leaf, while with regular green tea you only drink the extract.

What is Coffee

Coffee is a popular beverage consumed worldwide and is made from the roasted seeds, known as coffee beans, of the Coffea plant. Originally from tropical Africa, coffee is loved for its rich flavor and the energizing effect of caffeine. It is served in different styles such as espresso, cappuccino, latte, and more.

Our selection of high quality Matcha green tea:​

Why replace Matcha green tea with coffee?​

Matcha contains caffeine, just like coffee. However, the amount of caffeine in matcha is generally lower than in coffee. This means that matcha gives you a more balanced and longer-lasting energy level, without the unwanted side effects such as nervousness or an energy dip.

A cup of Matcha Latte. On top a form of a leaf.

Which has more caffeine, Matcha tea or coffee?​

In general, coffee contains more caffeine per cup than matcha. A cup of coffee (about 240 ml) contains on average between 95 and 200 mg caffeine, depending on the strength and method of preparation. In comparison, a cup of matcha (about 240 ml) usually contains between 30 and 70 mg of caffeine. It is important to note that the exact amount of caffeine in matcha can vary depending on the quality and amount of matcha powder used.

Although Matcha contains less caffeine than coffee, it provides a more sustained and steady energy boost. This is because matcha also contains the amino acid L-theanine, which helps regulate caffeine release in the body and provides a calming effect. This makes you feel energized and alert without the unwanted side effects that sometimes come with coffee, such as nervousness or an energy dip.

What are other benefits of Matcha over coffee?​

Antioxidants: Matcha is packed with antioxidants, particularly catechins, which help fight free radicals and support good health.

Fewer side effects: Matcha is less likely to cause caffeine-related side effects such as nervousness, insomnia, and feeling jittery.

Boost for Metabolism and Weight Loss: Matcha can increase your metabolism, which can aid in weight loss.

Mental clarity and concentration: Matcha contains L-theanine, an amino acid known for improving mental clarity and concentration.

"With its high antioxidant content, ability to increase energy and concentration, weight loss support and stress reduction, it's no wonder matcha has become so popular."

What is the best way to switch from coffee to Matcha?​

You can gradually switch from coffee to Matcha by replacing one cup of coffee with a cup of Matcha every day. Prepare the Matcha with a traditional bamboo whisk or experiment with modern variations, such as matcha lattes or smoothies.

Does decaffeinated Matcha exist just like decaffeinated coffee?​

Unfortunately, decaffeinated matcha does not exist, because caffeine occurs naturally in the tea leaves. If you're looking for a decaffeinated option, you can opt for other decaffeinated teas, such as herbal teas.

What is the effect of drinking Matcha instead of coffee?

The main effects of drinking Matcha instead of coffee are a longer lasting and more balanced energy level, fewer side effects, better mental clarity and concentration, and possible health benefits due to the high antioxidant content.

Many people who have made the switch also experience an improvement in their overall well-being and less reliance on coffee to get through the day.

How does Matcha taste compared to coffee?​

The taste of Matcha is different from coffee and may take some getting used to for some people. Matcha has a characteristic, slightly sweet and umami taste, with a smooth, creamy texture. Compared to coffee, which can often be bitter and strong, matcha offers a more refined and delicate taste experience.

Nutritional table Matcha vs Coffee

Matcha (per 1g)Coffee (per 1g)
Vitamin A290 IU0
Vitamin C1.75mg0
EGCG (Epigallocatechin gallate)61mg0

Please note: These values are averages and can vary depending on the specific type of Matcha or coffee. It's also important to note that coffee contains other antioxidants not found in Matcha.

4 tips to get used to the taste of Matcha

How do you get used to the taste of Matcha?

If you are new to Matcha and want to explore its taste, here are some tips to help you get used to the taste and incorporate it into your daily routine:

Start with a mild variety: Choose a high-quality matcha with a milder taste, for example a ceremonial matcha or a matcha intended for beginners. These types of Matcha often have a softer, less bitter taste, so you can gradually get used to the unique taste of Matcha.

Experiment with recipes: Try different ways to prepare matcha to find the flavor and texture that works best for you. For example, you can start with a Matcha latte, mixing Matcha with warm milk or a plant-based alternative. This gives a creamier and milder taste. Other options include adding matcha to smoothies, baked goods or cereals.

Adjust the strength: Experiment with the amount of matcha powder you use to adjust the strength and flavor to your personal preference. Start with a smaller amount of matcha and gradually add more as you get used to the taste.

Give it time: Taste preferences can change and it may take a while to really appreciate matcha. Give yourself time to get used to the taste and try it regularly to give your taste buds a chance to adjust.

By following these tips, you can gradually get used to the taste of matcha and incorporate it into your daily routine as a coffee substitute in a pleasant way.

"Preparing and drinking matcha can help you stay in the moment and focus on the present, calming your mind and reducing your stress levels."

How can you best make Matcha green tea?​

That's actually not even difficult! In 3 steps I explain how to make a delicious matcha tea. If you don't have a matcha beater, you can also use a kitchen beater or whisk.

A. Matcha preparation method in 3 steps​


To prepare matcha traditionally you need the following:

  1. Matcha powder
  2. A matcha bowl (chawan)
  3. A bamboo spoon (chasaku) for dosing the powder
  4. A bamboo whisk (chasen) for whipping the tea

Your perfect cup of Matcha tea in 3 steps

  1. Start by sifting 1-2 teaspoons (with the chasaku) of matcha powder into the matcha bowl to remove any lumps.
  2. Add 60-70 ml of hot water to the bowl, with a temperature of about 80°C.
  3. Use the chasen to mix the powder and water. Beat with a quick zigzag motion until a foamy layer forms on the surface.

Your matcha is now ready to drink. Enjoy it while it is still warm.

Frequently Asked Questions About Using Matcha Vs Coffee

Matcha can be a great alternative to coffee because of its unique properties and health benefits. It provides a more sustained and focused energy without the jitters or energy crashes often associated with coffee.

Matcha is a type of powdered green tea that originated in Japan. It is made from finely ground tea leaves and has a vibrant green color.

Yes, Matcha contains caffeine, but in a different form than coffee. The caffeine in Matcha is released slowly, providing a milder and longer-lasting energy boost.

Matcha is rich in antioxidants, especially catechins, which can help protect the body against free radicals. It also supports energy and focus, aids weight loss and can help reduce stress.

You can start by gradually replacing a cup of coffee with a cup of matcha. Experiment with different matcha recipes and find the ones that suit your taste preferences.

Matcha has a unique, earthy and slightly bitter taste that differs from coffee. However, the taste may vary depending on the quality of matcha and the way it is prepared.

Matcha does contain caffeine, but there are also options for those who want to enjoy matcha without caffeine. You can choose decaffeinated ceremonial grade Matcha or opt for decaffeinated herbal teas instead.

Matcha is generally safe for most people when consumed in moderation. However, excessive consumption can lead to caffeine-related side effects, such as insomnia or increased heart rate. It is best to enjoy matcha in reasonable amounts.

Conclusions on the use of Matcha vs. Coffee​

Replacing coffee with matcha can make a positive change for both your energy levels and your health. With its numerous benefits and unique taste, it is definitely worth giving matcha a shot as a coffee substitute. Why not try it yourself and discover the benefits of Matcha in your daily routine?

- Niels -

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