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Matcha Tea is a type of green tea from Japan. It is made by grinding the green tea leaves into a fine powder.
This powder is then blended with hot water to produce a bright green, frothy beverage that has a naturally sweet, rich flavor.
Matcha has a much higher caffeine content than regular green tea.
Research carried out in 2020 found that caffeine content in Matcha is between 18.9 and 44.4 mg/g.
For 1 tsp (teaspoon) of Matcha powder (2 grams), the average caffeine amount will be 64 mg caffeine. This is the typical amount that is mixed with 8 fl oz of water.
As show in the research, this can vary depending on the type and quality of Matcha used. Note that regular green tea has 11.3–24.67 of caffeine mg/g.
Koicha (thick Matcha) is prepared using the double amount of Matcha powder so it would have twice the caffeine. Matcha tea is high in antioxidants due to the fact that the whole leaves are being consumed and not just brewed.
Matcha must be kept in a tin, airtight container as oxygen can quickly cause it to degrade. Matcha green tea powder is also used in other products such as green tea ice cream and other desserts.
In the west, Matcha is finding its way into coffee houses where they use the powder in lattes, smoothies and other drinks.
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Ingredients in Matcha Tea
Is Matcha Tea high in caffeine?
Matcha Tea contains 64 mg of caffeine in a 8 fl oz cup.
This equates to 8.00 mg of caffeine for every fl oz and 27.05 mg for every 100 ml.