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Frequently Asked Questions about Matcha Tea

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What benefits does it have comparing to coffee?

One of the great differences between matcha and coffee is the large amount of antioxidants contained in each serving of matcha (1 g). Specifically, each dose of matcha contains 1384 ORACs (method to measure oxygen radical absorption capacity), 53 times more than spinach.

One serving of matcha (1 g) contains approximately 35 mg of caffeine, the same as an espresso coffee. When you drink coffee, you are likely to notice the high energy generated by caffeine and, after about 2 hours, a sudden downturn, also called caffeine crash. Matcha, in addition to containing caffeine, contains L-Theanine, an amino acid that causes an extended release of caffeine, creating a state of calm-alertness without jitters or energy high and lows.

How many calories does 1 serving (1 g) have?

Matcha tea is a healthy alternative to sugary and caloric drinks: 1 serving of matcha tea only contains 3 calories (Kcal), a very low caloric intake to our daily diet.
The WHO (World Health Organization) establishes a caloric intake for the healthy adult from 2,000 to 2,500 Kcal / day for men and 1,500 to 2,000 Kcal / day for women. According to recent studies, the intake of matcha tea can multiply the loss of calories by four. Green tea contains negative calories, that is, that the absorption process of our body and the energy it needs to process it is greater than the number of calories we eat when we consume food.

How many calories does it contain:
Matcha tea (250 ml): 3 Kcal
Sugary drink (330 ml): 139 Kcal
Tea drink (330 ml): 105 Kcal
Energy drink (250 ml): 110 Kcal

How much sugar does 1 serving (1 g) have?

0 g of sugar, matcha green tea does not contain sugar and is 100% natural, so it is advisable to incorporate into our diet its consumption instead of sugary drinks.
If you want to sweeten your matcha tea simply with a few grains of brown sugar or any other sweetener (agave syrup, xylitol, stevia, coconut sugar) will be enough.
Matcha green tea helps control blood sugar levels and prevent the development of type 2 diabetes.

How much sugar does it contain:
Matcha green tea: 0 g
Tea drink (330 ml): 25 g
Energy drink (250 ml): 27 g
Sugary drink (330 ml): 35 g

How much caffeine does 1 serving (1 g) contain?

An adult’s caffeine intake should not exceed 400 mg per day. One cup of matcha tea of 1 g contains 35 mg of caffeine, so we recommend not drinking more than 5 cups of matcha per day.

How much caffeine contains:
Matcha tea: 35 mg / glass
Green tea: 25-40 mg / glass
Coffee: 120-150 + / cup
Espresso: 70-90 mg / glass
Energy drink: 80 mg / can

Does it contain gluten?

Matcha green tea is a gluten-free food, suitable for coeliacs. You can take matcha as a drink or as an ingredient for your recipes.

I am lactose intolerant. Can I take it?

Of course, Matcha is traditionally consumed at the tea ceremony in Japan and mixed with hot water at a temperature of 80 °C.
When we brang it to the West we incorporated it with our customs, which is why it is very common to see people mixinig it with oat milk, soy milk, almond milk or coconut milk.

Is it suitable for vegans and vegetarians?

Yes, both matcha green tea and matcha latte are suitable for vegans and vegetarians. There are many combinations when taking matcha as a drink and also as an ingredient for your recipes. Our favorite recipes are: matcha tea ice cream , matcha yogurt, matcha smoothies, matcha biscuits or matcha truffles.

Does it help you lose weight?

Yes, it is shown that the EGCG catechin (epigallocatechin gallate) accelerates the metabolism and stops the growth of fat in the cells, especially if consumed before performing a sports activity.
It is advisable to replace coffee with matcha tea, since the latter does not alter blood sugar and insulin levels, producing an appetite regulating effect and avoiding compulsive eating.

Where does Matcha & CO’s matcha come from?

Matcha & CO’s Matcha is ceremonial grade, 100% organic certified by the EU and comes from Uji, Kyoto, Japan.


What Matcha do you recommend to Matcha starters?

If you are new to the world of matcha, we recommend that you start with a soft-tasting matcha like MATCHA 100% ORGANIC 30 G . When you take matcha for the first time you will notice a multitude of new flavors totally unknown to your palate. We recommend that you try different combinations of quantity (0.5 g, 1 g) and try it purely (with water) or mixed with vegetable or cow milk. Once you have tried it several times you will understand the complexity of flavors; That is when we recommend trying a higher quality matcha to continue discovering the possibilities of matcha tea.

Is it normal if at first I don’t like it?

One of the characteristics of Matcha tea is its slightly sweet green flavor. However, the first few times we try matcha tea, our palate is not able to discover that new flavor. The secret to develop the palate and appreciate the umami flavor is repetition. According to various experts, to develop a new taste sometimes it is necessary to try it up to 12 times.
The same happens the first time we try other drinks such as beer, coffee or wine. Matcha tea has an umami flavor, very different and new to our palate that we have to learn to appreciate to become delicious.
Little by little we will incorporate the new taste and we will be able to enjoy the benefits of matcha.

What is the difference between organic and non-organic Matcha?

Ecologic, organic or bio food is the product of sustainable agriculture, respectful with the environment and human health. A food can only be labeled organic if at least 95% of its ingredients are organic. In our case, 100% of our ingredient (matcha tea) is organic.
The EU organic product logo guarantees that all products classified as organic comply with strict pesticide laws and organic food production processes.

What is the difference between green tea and Matcha?

Green tea is a type of Camellia sinensis tea that does not undergo oxidation during processing and whose leaves are collected fresh and then dried, pressed, rolled and crushed.
Matcha tea is a type of green tea although its production process differs. Twenty days before harvesting, the green tea plantation is covered in order to increase the concentration in chlorophyll, providing matcha with its characteristic vibrant green color. The best leaves are selected and collected manually and then go through a long process of natural drying, are subjected to a steam bath to discard the stems and nerves, and thus, grind with stone only the tender part of the leaf.
While green tea is infused in hot water, matcha powders are added to hot water, so you consume 100% of the green tea leaf. That is why matcha tea contains 137 times more antioxidant than conventional green tea.

How much Matcha can I take per day?

Taking between 2 and 3 cups of matcha a day will ensure you consume all its benefits without exceeding yourself. To avoid exceeding the recommended daily caffeine intake for adults, we recommend not taking more than five grams of matcha per day, which is equivalent to about 5 cups of matcha.

What is the best time to take it?

Most people choose to replace the cup of coffee in the morning with a cup of matcha tea.
Due to its content in L-Theanine, the release of caffeine is progressive and the energy it provides is constant and lasts between 4 and 6 hours. This energy can help keep you awake and alert without providing nervousness.

If your goal is to reduce weight, consuming matcha before exercising increases our body’s ability to burn calories up to 35%-43% and therefore can help activate metabolism and lose weight.

Can it affect sleep?

Those who consume matcha regularly tend to fall asleep better due to the calming effects of L-Theanine. In general, matcha consumers tend to improve sleep quality due to reduced levels of stress and anxiety contributing to a positive and clear awakening.
For those more sensitive to caffeine, we recommend not drinking matcha tea after 4pm, as well as limiting the consumption of coffee, tea and other drinks containing caffeine.

Can it be taken during pregnancy?

According to medical experts, a pregnant woman should not consume more than 200 mg – 300 mg of caffeine a day.
We recommend limiting the consumption of matcha tea to 2 cups daily to keep us within normal daily caffeine levels.

Can children take it?

Yes, drinking matcha tea can be an alternative drink for children with zero sugar. Taking matcha can help prevent constipation, have a healthy heart as it helps build the walls of the arteries, improve oral health, improve concentration and combat childhood obesity.
However, we recommend limiting your consumption to 1 cup daily due to the levels of caffeine that matcha contains (thanks to L-Theanine, caffeine is released progressively for 4-6 hours, and not at once as when consuming a cup of coffee).


How is matcha tea prepared?

Take a look at our page How to prepare Matcha tea to discover explanatory images and videos. You can also use matcha as an ingredient for your recipes.

How much Matcha should I add per serving?

One serving is usually 1 g of matcha, which is equivalent to a teaspoon of coffee. For beginners, we recommend you start with slightly lower amounts and see how you feel. Little by little you can increase the dose until you reach the optimal amount of matcha for you.

How is it prepared, hot or cold?

You can drink matcha as you like, both cold and hot. The benefits of drinking matcha If you want to drink it cold, we recommend you dissolvethe matcha with water or hot milk and then pour it into a glass of ice. You can also use it as an ingredient to prepare delicious matcha recipes.

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