On average, matcha contains about 50-75mg of caffeine in a cup compared to 100-140mg in coffee.

Caffeine in Matcha | Find Out How Much Caffeine is in Matcha Green Tea Powder

Does matcha give you energy? The short answer is yes, because it contains caffeine!

On average, matcha contains approximately 20-45mg of caffeine per gram. So with a normal serving of matcha green tea powder being 2-4 grams (1-2 teaspoons depending on how you like it), that's around 40-180mg of caffeine per cup of matcha.

Keep in mind the variation of caffeine in matcha powder stems from the huge differences in the quality of matcha powders. As a general rule of thumb, the higher-quality matcha you choose, the higher the caffeine content will be.

For comparison, 1 cup of brewed coffee has between 80-100mg of caffeine, while a double shot of espresso typically has around 60-150mg of caffeine.

Matcha tea powder also provides longer-lasting alertness (6-8hrs) without the jitters compared to coffee (3-4hrs) — so you don't need to drink as much or worry about anxiety-inducing effects to reap the energy-boosting benefits. 

Keep reading to learn everything you need to know about caffeine in matcha.

What is matcha?

Matcha is a high-quality type of green tea that uses whole tea-leaves heavily shaded during growth and then grounded into powdered form. It can be enjoyed with steaming hot water, as a latte, on ice, and can be used as a color-popping ingredient in cooking that adds an extra health boost to sweet & savory recipes.

Have you considered matcha as your caffeine drink of choice? Caffeine from matcha green tea powder promotes energy without the jitters or crash that comes with coffee.

Most people are accustomed to having a cup of coffee to start the morning. Sixty-two percent of US adults say they consume coffee every day. (1) However, over the past few decades, nutritional science has debated if coffee is healthy — and if there's a better way to get a boost of energy without the downsides.

Learn about 11 health benefits of switching to matcha from coffee here.

This is where matcha and caffeine in matcha comes in.

With countless body-cleansing and supportive components, matcha green tea powder is one of nature's oldest solutions to a healthier, more energized self, and it's been more scientifically tested than any other 'superfoods' you can likely name. (2)

Does matcha have caffeine?

Matcha has caffeine aka matcha is caffeinated. According to research, the typical amount of caffeine in matcha is 18 to 50 mg/g, depending on the quality of the matcha. For example, exactly how the matcha is grown, harvested, and prepared can hugely impact its caffeine levels. (5)

Wondering how much caffeine is found in our brand of matcha powder? Our superior grade daily matcha and ceremonial matcha have all been vigorously lab tested, and carry 37.5mg to over 50 mg of caffeine per gram of matcha powdered green tea, which is considered the typical serving portion. (5) (6)


Matcha is best stored in an airtight tin container in cold temp.

Matcha is best stored in an airtight tin container in the freezer, as oxygen can quickly cause it to degrade.

Do matcha lattes have caffeine?

Like lattes made with coffee, matcha lattes do contain caffeine, but the amount of caffeine can vary greatly depending on the quality and age of the matcha powder. Often a matcha latte is a drink served hot or on ice, made with matcha tea, water and milk. One serving typically contains 2-3 grams of matcha. This means one matcha latte typically provides somewhere between 50-150 mg of caffeine depending on the quality of the matcha green tea powder.

Matcha caffeine vs. green tea caffeine

Caffeine content in matcha is relatively higher than other bagged green tea varieties, which is one of the reasons matcha has such a lovely, unique aroma and flavor. When comparing caffeine levels, green teas fall within a range of 11.3–24.67 mg/g, packing about half the amount of caffeine found in matcha powdered green tea. Keep in mind that the caffeine content of whatever type of matcha beverage you are having varies depending on how much powder is added. (5)

Matcha is derived from the same plant as green tea, but it is grown and prepared differently. Matcha tea powder is packed with nutrients from the entire green tea leaf, resulting in a higher quality and amount of caffeine and other powerful antioxidants than bagged green tea. (5)

So one cup (8 ounces) of standard matcha that uses 4 teaspoons of powder can have well over 200 mg of caffeine, while a cup of regular green tea that size provides up to 25 mg of caffeine. However, most people don't drink a full cup of matcha at once because of its much higher caffeine content. With matcha green tea powder, less really is more. (5)

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Matcha caffeine vs. coffee caffeine

When it comes to comparing caffeine levels, coffee contains more caffeine per serving than matcha. For example, the average cup of coffee contains 96 mg of caffeine per 8 ounces, while a 2-ounce cup of matcha tea, when prepared traditionally with one teaspoon, contains about 18–50 mg/g. And did you know just one 1-ounce shot of espresso has up to 100 mg of caffeine? (5) (8)

Most coffee drinkers cannot rely on just one cup of coffee to get them through even half their day. The boost from coffee's caffeine usually lasts a mere 1–3 hours and then leads to a sudden crash in energy levels. Then it's time for another cup. (4) (2)

Having the four 8-ounce cups of coffee you may think you need to get you through the day, which is around 400 mg of caffeine, can be harmful to your health. Consuming up to 400mg/day of caffeine from coffee, or about 4 cups, has been shown to double the risk of headaches, panic attacks, feelings of being trapped or caught, anxiety, and feelings of worthlessness. (7)

However, matcha releases slowly in the body, so you aren't left with an uneasy feeling. Caffeine from matcha tea powder promotes a state of relaxation and overall well-being, providing 6 hours of sustained energy. (5)

Bodies process caffeine in matcha in a healthier, slower way

Our bodies process caffeine from matcha and coffee differently. Because matcha has higher phytonutrient levels, matcha caffeine release happens in a much slower, much healthier way than coffee caffeine. (5) 

Digestion of caffeine from matcha

When you drink matcha, your body absorbs the caffeine in a way that combats a lot of side effects that you get from drinking coffee. 

The caffeine molecules in matcha green tea powder bind to the larger catechin molecules. Catechins are powerful antioxidants that are naturally broken down and slowly assimilated. This leads to the gradual breakdown of caffeine into the bloodstream. This slow process is what allows matcha to provide sustained, level energy for up to 6-8 hours. (5) (9)

Matcha caffeine is slowly digested and processed by the body.

How the body processes caffeine from coffee leads to spikes in adrenaline, glucose, and insulin levels, which is why people often experience a crash when their blood sugar drops. 

L-Theanine in matcha

Matcha also helps balance blood sugar and process caffeine calmly thanks to L-theanine—a rare amino acid that is also a key player in promoting relaxation and soothing your nerves. It also modifies the effect of caffeine, giving you a feeling of relaxed alertness.

L-theanine allows you to drink matcha later in the day and not worry about having trouble falling asleep. Thus, matcha can positively impact quality of sleep and also be a great alternative to coffee if you suffer from caffeine sensitivity. (5) 

How much caffeine is in our on-the-go matcha packs for travel?

The serving of our on-the-go travel matcha tea powder is 1.5 grams. According to studies, one gram of matcha powder often has between 19-44 mg of caffeine. Often the higher the quality, the higher the caffeine content and time spent being shade-grown. So for our 1.5 gram travel-sized matcha green tea powder packets, there is around 50-75mg of caffeine in our packets. This is a bit less than your average cup of filtered coffee, & definitely no more than 90mg of caffeine. It's important to know if you may be keeping track of your caffeine intake while pregnant or breastfeeding. (5)

How much caffeine is in a typical serving of matcha? 

For high-quality matcha tea powder, 1.5 grams is more than enough, though if you prefer your matcha stronger, some people use a typical serving size of 2-4 grams of matcha powder (1/2-1 teaspoon), which may contain 38 to 176 mg of caffeine. (5)

Compared to other green tea varieties, matcha typically has more caffeine content. You can read more about the differences between loose-leaf green tea and matcha powder here.

How long does matcha last in your system?

With matcha green tea powder, it typically takes 30 minutes to feel the energizing effects after you consume it. It can last as long as six to eight hours. Furthermore, the “crash” many people experience the hour or two after they drink coffee doesn't happen with matcha tea.

Final thoughts on matcha caffeine vs. coffee caffeine 

While a cup of espresso in the morning will wake you up, it also spikes your stress hormones. Coffee caffeine is absorbed rapidly into the bloodstream, but you may notice after an hour that you have less energy and are more grumpy than you were before. Unlike coffee, caffeine from matcha green tea powder is absorbed very slowly into the body, giving you a long and sustained energy boost rather than a quick spike.

Matcha vs coffee caffeine

Our superior quality matcha delivers numerous superpowered health benefits that include up to six hours of sustained energy, mental clarity, and calm alertness. You can easily add a cup of matcha to your daily routine or opt to mix culinary-grade matcha into your favorite recipes in the kitchen. 

Are you looking to transition from coffee to matcha green tea powder? We've got you covered.

Learn step-by-step how to switch from drinking coffee to drinking matcha and not experience any unpleasant withdrawal symptoms of coffee.

Disclaimer: These statements in this blog post have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The information provided here is for educational purposes only and should not be considered as medical advice. It's essential to consult with a qualified healthcare professional before making any dietary or lifestyle changes


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