Full Guide to Matcha

What is Matcha

Matcha is a type of green tea, rich of antioxidants, that is made by taking young tea leaves and grinding them into a bright green powder. Just like regular green tea, matcha contains caffeine, although less than both black tea and coffee.

Brief History of Matcha

According to historians, matcha was first consumed in China during the Tang dynasty (618–907) where tea leaves were steamed and shaped into tea bricks for storage and trade. The matcha that we know today originates from Japan and was introduced there by Monk Eisai in the 12th century.



L-theanine is an amino acid found in tea leaves that helps with relaxation without becoming drowsy. Even better, many studies have suggested that L-Theanine boosts concentration and increases cognitive performance. 


Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG)

EGCG (pfew thank goodness they abbreviated that one) is one of the most important antioxidants found in matcha and is thought to reduce inflammation, aid weight loss and help prevent heart and brain disease, as well as potentially even prevents cancer cell growth and protects the cells from DNA damage.


We recommend that you do not drink more than two cups a day and that you avoid drinking matcha on an empty stomach.

Enjoy your Koko Riko matcha whether at home or away!