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COFFEE VERSUS MATCHA


If you clicked on this article, chances are you’re a big fan of caffeine and its ability to get your day off to the right start. If you’re an avid coffee drinker, you’ve probably heard of ceremonial grade matcha because it’s so often compared to one another, and with good reason. Both delicious beverages have a high amount of caffeine and antioxidants, but which one is better?


In this article we’ll explore why you should drink ceremonial grade matcha and why ceremonial grade matcha is better than coffee. 


How Coffee and Ceremonial Grade Matcha Are Processed

Coffee is made from coffee cherries and ceremonial grade matcha is made directly from the Camellia Sinensis leaves, creating a simpler and more streamlined approach in terms of processing the ceremonial grade matcha. 

matcha powder

Generally speaking, the quality of the coffee you’re drinking depends on these factors:


  • Growing conditions
  • How the cherries are processed
  • The coffee bean drying method
  • How the coffee beans are milled
  • The packaging for exportation

On the other hand, ceremonial grade matcha depends only on growing conditions, stone grinding technique, and packaging. 


How Coffee and Ceremonial Grade Matcha Are Prepared


When it comes to coffee, there seems to be an endless amount of ways to prepare it.


The acidity of coffee highly depends on the quality of your beans and your brewing method. Brewing coffee can be as quick as letting your coffee machine do the work for you or as scientific and precise as doing a pour over in a Chemex. 

coffee beans

Although you can technically make ceremonial grade matcha in many convenient ways as well, there is only one true way to prepare it properly, making ceremonial grade matcha a clear winner if you’re looking for simplicity in your morning routine.


Making ceremonial grade matcha traditionally has the added benefit of connecting you to a centuries old meditative practice. You can set a peaceful tone to your day while also preparing your delicious morning time pick-me-up.   


Aside from simplicity of preparation, you will never have to worry about ceremonial grade matcha becoming too acidic. As long as your water is not too hot when brewing ceremonial grade matcha, you will always be left with a good tasting brew.  


If you’re curious in learning more about how to properly prepare ceremonial grade matcha, check out these articles:

The Right Matcha Water Ratio

How to Make Ceremonial Matcha green tea The Real Way

The Matcha Whisk

The Caffeine Levels of Coffee and Ceremonial Grade Matcha


Did you know that caffeine is considered a psychoactive drug? 


Due to its immediate effects on the body and it’s ease of availability, it’s widely studied around the world. According to a study published by the University of Foggia in 2015, caffeine has both positive and negative side effects.


Positive Effects

Negative Effects

Increased attention and alertness

Anxiety and addiction 

Lower risk of cardiovascular disease

Increased blood pressure

Lower risk of diabetes

Reduced control of fine motor skills

Increased metabolic rate

Increased stimulation of urination


It is important to note that the negative effects of caffeine are more likely to occur when a person has over consumed caffeine for their body chemistry. Every person’s body has a different caffeine tolerance level, so please make sure to find out how much caffeine is your own optimal level of caffeine. 

matcha tea

To reap the full benefits of caffeine you must ingest the perfect amount for your body. Due to our busy lifestyles, we may think that ingesting as much caffeine as possible is a good idea, but doing so can actually cause us to be less productive.


Ultimately, the caffeine levels in both coffee and ceremonial grade matcha depend on product quality, brewing method, and amount consumed. But if you’re looking for both flavour and a good amount of caffeine, ceremonial grade matcha is the best choice.


On average, the caffeine level of coffee is about 95 mg per 8 ounce cups. This amount of caffeine is great for some, but may be too much for those who are caffeine sensitive. Ingesting this amount of caffeine too quickly may lead to jitters and crashing later on in your day. 


Ceremonial grade matcha has an average caffeine level of 70mg per 8 ounce cup, making it easier to control the amount of caffeine you’re consuming all at once. Ceremonial grade matcha has more caffeine than green tea but a little bit less than a cup of coffee.



Nutritional Properties of Coffee and Ceremonial Grade Matcha


Coffee and ceremonial grade matcha are both a great source of antioxidants, if they are high quality products and brewed correctly.

matcha powder

High quality coffee has an abundance of Chlorogenic Acid and Cafestol, these compounds may be able to help reduce the likelihood of degenerative brain disease, blood sugar levels, and certain types of cancer. 


Ceremonial grade matcha has many antioxidants like EGCG, GABA, and L-theanine which help relax the mind, as well as catechins which have been shown to fight certain types of cancer. 


However, ceremonial grade matcha has the added benefit of having both rutin and vitamin C. Rutin is a compound that helps vitamin C oxidize at a slower pace, preserving it for much longer. 


The nutritional profile of both drinks is affected by the processing and brewing method of the product. Ceremonial grade matcha is cold processed and is meant to be brewed in a specific way, meaning there is a likely possibility of nutrients being damaged or removed by heat unlike coffee.


If you want to learn more about the nutritional benefits of ceremonial grade matcha, check out these articles we wrote:

The Whole Truth About Antioxidants in Matcha

Why is matcha so important for your skin?

The True History of Matcha and its Benefits!

Women's Health and the Positive Impact of Matcha

How to Detox Your Body with Matcha Green Tea

How Can Matcha Help with Yoga and Meditation



Key Takeaways

  • The main steps for processing ceremonial grade matcha from plant to product are simpler than the processing steps for coffee, creating less room for error.
  • Since ceremonial grade matcha is best prepared by hand in one way, it is a much simpler choice for people who like simplicity in their morning routine.
  • No matter how you prepare ceremonial grade matcha, you will never have to worry about it becoming too acidic. 
  • Caffeine has both positive and negative effects on the body. Due to the sheer amount of caffeine per cup of coffee, it is easier to over consume caffeine leading to a higher risk of experiencing the negative effects of caffeine. 
  • Ceremonial grade matcha and coffee both have great antioxidants, however ceremonial grade matcha has a more diverse set of nutrients and antioxidants, provided by the Camellia Sinensis plant and the cold processing it goes through to become a powder. 


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Written by: the most wonderful BIANCA REYES 

Source List:


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https://www.ncausa.org/about-coffee/10-steps-from-seed-to-cup


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