How To Quit Coffee: Matcha Caffeine vs Coffee

coffee next to matcha tea

 

250 milligrams of caffeine — about three cups of coffee — can reduce blood flow in the brain by a stunning 27%. 

Due to this effect of caffeine, the intense coffee drinker can experience actual withdrawal just like with alcoholism by choosing to cut ties. Caffeine withdrawal is in WebMD. It can mean a headache, irritability, fatigue, and flu-like symptoms.

There are many reasons people choose to leave it.

  • They are desensitized to it
  • They don’t want to deal with the dependency
  • The doctor recommended it

This article will illustrate one route many people take to get to the other side of caffeine dependency.

Green tea 👉matcha 👉 coffee

What is Matcha Tea?

You know how in order to prepare tea, you have to dunk the tea bag into your cup of hot water and then stir it around a bit while you wait for it to steep? Matcha is green tea without the steeping. It comes in powder, so you simply dissolve it in your teacup or shaker.

Matcha is the powdered form of green tea that you mix directly with water. 

Which Has More Caffeine? Matcha Green Tea vs. Coffee

Caffeine should not be consumed by people with high blood pressure or people who suffer from anxiety. Doctors recommended that adults without these conditions not drink more than 2½ cups of coffee a-day. (I see you ☕🐸 .)

Because many people drink more than this on any given day, odds are, it could be healthy for you to look into coffee alternatives that affect you less. 

Matcha is one such alternative.

Drinking matcha will leave you with a steady stream of energy rather than a sharp jolt. The caffeine in matcha, which tends to be around half of that in coffee, takes about 6 hours to get absorbed into your bloodstream. Coffee’s caffeine molecules, in contrast, get absorbed into your bloodstream immediately.

Matcha

Coffee

6 hours to be absorbed

0 hours to be absorbed

Theanine doubles caffeine effect

No theanine

Steady hands

Jitters



History of Matcha vs Coffee

Coffee

ARABIA, 1350 — Did you know the famous New York cup o' Joe was originally cup o' Yusef? The Muslim world was the first place where coffee reached mainstream popularity. Egyptians were getting their morning dose of caffeine while Shakespeare was in the baby carriage.

According to legend, it was originally discovered in ancient Ethiopia when farmers noticed their donkeys would behave differently after eating the red coffee berries.

From this humble beginning, it took a few centuries for coffee to be seen as legit. While Europe  To this day, you can find more cafes than bars in most Middle Eastern countries, where alcohol is frowned upon. In the 16th century, cafes were referred to as “schools of the wise,” because of the amount of information that got exchanged there. People would play chess, watch performers, and keep current on news.

Matcha

JAPAN, 1180 — Asian teas all tend to come from the same plant. This includes matcha, black tea, oolong, and chai. According to legend, the history of matcha begins in Japan around the 12th century, when Zen monk Eisai brought tea seeds from China. At this time, the Chinese were already making “matcha” by steaming camellia leaves and grinding them into powder, but it was in Japan that this technique really shook the tea world by its little tea tassels.

Conclusion: Switch to Matcha to Minimize the Effects of Caffeine Withdrawals

Onset of caffeine withdrawal symptoms typically occurs between 12 - 24 hours of not drinking caffeine. Symptoms peak one to two days after stopping. It can last up to nine days!

“Withdrawal symptoms are severe enough in about one in eight people to interfere with their ability to function on a day-to-day basis,” according to WebMD. 

If you are looking to cut coffee out of your routine and you want to avoid this nasty condition, check out the energy enriching teas in our store. When was the first time you had coffee and how does that compare to the first time you had matcha? Let us know!