How Much Caffeine is in Green Tea?

April 14, 2017

We’re taught that as humans, we’re all created equal. Whether you believe that to be true or not, one thing we all can agree on is that caffeine isn’t made equal.

When you drink a cup of coffee, you’re given an entirely different energy than when you drink an energy drink. And if you’ve ever drank a cup of Matcha (if you haven’t, you need to!), you’ll notice a difference in your energy levels as well when compared to drinking these other two caffeinated beverages, as well as from regular green tea.

So how much caffeine is in green tea? On average, an 8 oz. cup of green tea that’s made with 2g of tea has 25mg of caffeine, while an 8 oz. cup of brewed coffee has 163mg of caffeine. In a 2g serving of Ujido’s Matcha green tea, there are 44mg of caffeine, and a 3.5 oz bag of Ujido’s Organic Matcha has 50 servings, which equals 1,100mg of caffeine for the entire bag. This size of bag’s caffeine total is equal to you drinking 40 cans of Diet Mt. Dew.

How Matcha’s Caffeine Differs 

Besides looking and tasting different than coffee and other teas, the caffeine used in Matcha also works differently. It works harmoniously with all the good ingredients in Matcha, such as antioxidants, amino acids and phytonutrients. When you put all these together, Matcha drinkers receive the remarkable ability to focus and be productive for several hours.

This effect is great because unlike with coffee or energy drink energy bursts, there’s no jittery feeling nor is there an “afternoon crash” like many of these latter drinkers experience since Matcha’s caffeine molecules are released over a period of time instead of all at once.

Caffeine Amounts in Matcha Recipes

We have a lot of favorite Matcha recipes. For the sake of not turning this into an super lengthy post, we took a handful of our Matcha users’ favorite recipes and figured out how much caffeine is in each. Let’s take a look:

  • Green Tea Detox Spritzer — This drink uses a ½ tsp. of Sweet Matcha that equals 55mg of caffeine.
  • Green Tea Pasta — In this vibrant pasta, 1 Tbsp. of regular Matcha powder is used, giving you 330mg of caffeine when you eat it all.
  • Creamy Matcha Frozen Yogurt — This healthy sweet treat uses 1 ½ Tbsp. of Matcha powder, which equals 495mg of caffeine.
  • Matcha Cheesecake Bars — These to-die-for cheesecake bars are made with 1 ½ tsp. of Matcha powder that equals 165 mg of caffeine.

Besides the amount and type of caffeine, check out this blog post to learn more about the differences between Matcha and regular green tea.

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