Coffee is probably the most popular choice when it comes to boosting energy levels and waking up in the morning. But maybe Matcha can actually be a good alternative. Coffee and Matcha differ significantly in their effects on the body.
Coffee, which many people resort to, contains a significant amount of caffeine, which can provide a quick and intense energy boost. But this energy boost is often followed by a sudden drop in energy levels, which can leave us exhausted and even more tired than before. These "energy spikes" and "crashes" can create a cycle of coffee addiction where we need to drink more to maintain our energy levels.
Matcha and caffeine
Matcha also contains caffeine, but in a more moderate amount compared to coffee. Our Matcha contains approx. 35mg of caffeine - this corresponds to approx. half of a cup of regular coffee.
What makes Matcha unique is the combination of caffeine and L-theanine. The amino acid L-theanine contributes to creating a calm and focused state while stimulating the brain's alpha waves, which promotes mental clarity and attention. The combination of caffeine and L-theanine provides a longer-lasting and more stable invigorating effect, without the subsequent energy dip and the feeling of being dependent on a constant supply of coffee.
If you want a more even and stable source of invigorating energy, the green superfood can be an excellent alternative to coffee. It can give you the energy and focus you need without leaving you feeling tired or addicted. Try replacing one or two of your coffee cups with a cup of Matcha tea or Matcha latte , and feel the difference in your energy and well-being throughout the day.
Meditation and Matcha
When you enjoy a cup of Matcha, you not only get energy, but also a feeling of calm and clarity. This is one of the reasons why Zen Buddhist monks have been using Matcha for more than 800 years. The monks use Matcha before their hour-long meditations, and report a "focused alertness" after consuming Matcha.
Zen Buddhism is a school of Mahayana Buddhism that originated in China and has been practiced in Japan for many centuries. Zen emphasizes meditation and mindfulness as a means of achieving calm, insight and awareness. Zen Buddhist monks have used Matcha for centuries as a way to increase their concentration and attention during meditation. Matcha can have a calming and de-stressing effect on the body, which is ideal for meditation.
Also the tea ceremony, known as "chanoyu", is an important part of Zen practice. Matcha is used in the tea ceremony as a way to find balance and harmony, and the preparation and drinking of Matcha is considered a meditative and spiritual practice. In Zen Buddhism, Matcha is associated with simplicity, purity and tranquility.
Have you gotten up the courage to try to integrate Matcha into your daily life? Buy our Matcha set which contains everything you need to get started. Alternatively, you can start with our beginner Matcha set to test whether Matcha is for you.