Are you a coffee drinker? Can’t you do without your morning coffee? Do you drink it very black and tight? Do you sometimes have small tremors, cold sweats or headaches? Do you know your morning coffee is involved?
If so, you are not alone. Many adults around the world still prefer coffee, making it the most popular beverage of the morning in many countries.
Even in Japan, one of the leading countries for green tea, many people drink coffee. This is not only caused by the establishment of the diabolical couple StarBEURK Café and MacGROnald, even if the American imperialism that has reigned there since the Second World War has brought its share of consumerist “traditions”, sometimes diametrically opposed to the original Japanese culture.
Every day in Japan, when I take the train, the metro, I see most of the salarymen (サラリーマン, sararīman, office workers) sleeping with coffee.
These coffees are purely infective drinks, but loaded with caffeine. The effect of caffeine from coffee is immediate and the salarymen look for this energy boost effect to keep their (long) working day.
Today, Japan is the world’s fourth largest importer of coffee, consuming 449,908 tonnes of coffee in 2014. A Japanese person consumes an average of 3.5 kg of coffee per year.
However, so many people experience tremors, headaches and an energy crash at the end of the day. With all these negative side effects from over-consumption of coffee, some have become followers of a mysterious green powder that contains a natural dose of caffeine but which has a healthier effect on your health.
I don’t demonize coffee. Coffee has many proven health benefits, its aroma and flavour are inimitable. I love coffee and drink it very regularly (even daily, depending on the time of year). But the consumption of coffee (poor coffee and sweet coffee) has a negative effect on well-being. This is mainly because the caffeine in coffee works much faster than green tea.
Meeting matcha green tea is an unforgettable experience, especially if you eat a good quality matcha and the ritual is carried out with passionate people who want to pass on their knowledge around this Japanese drink. For those who don’t know yet, and to make it short, matcha is a green tea in Japanese powder that has been served for centuries to monks and samurai, and which is part of the tea ceremony (called “chanoyu”,”sad?” or “chad?”,?? in Japanese).
To date, matcha plays an important role in Japanese culture and is frequently served in tea houses, bakeries and all kinds of other restaurants. With modern life and especially in urban areas, it has become more rare to see Japanese people consuming matcha at home. Matcha is more associated with a ritual than traditional green tea.
Currently, all the world’s leading tea and trendy food brands sell matcha, even cosmetics and beauty companies: Japanese origin for the best, and Chinese or Indonesian for low end products and fake matcha. Yes, there is fake matcha on the market today. In addition to a poor quality matcha category, some merchants or manufacturers do not hesitate to offer green tea powders that resemble matcha.
But which are in fact only a poor quality tea powder, which can also contain a lot of residues unsuitable for consumption. Matcha isn’t just a green powder. A whole process of preparation and elaboration makes it a rare and almost luxurious food product. Price can therefore be a brake in some cases.
If you are interested in a change of habits and want to consume less coffee for its negative effects, then try matcha. The health benefits of matcha green tea have been proven and only fools don’t change their minds!
5 REASONS TO REPLACE YOUR MORNING COFFEE WITH A MATCHA GREEN TEA
1. MATCHA CAFFEINE SPREADS SLOWLY TO IMPROVE ENERGY
Matcha green tea naturally contains about 70mg of caffeine per serving (more caffeine than an espresso coffee). Instead of the shaking and headaches that coffee often brings, the energy intake of matcha has a soothing effect on the body.
The caffeine in matcha green tea is slowly released for 4 to 6 hours, thanks to the amino acid L-Theanine. This amino acid works with caffeine to create a unique recipe and cause relaxation without drowsiness. The result is an improved ability to concentrate and stay in a good mood.
2. MATCHA INCREASES PHYSICAL AND MENTAL STAMINA
The caffeine in coffee triggers a specific response in our body and increases the production of stress hormones, such as cortisol. Matcha green tea is “anti-cortisol”. It reduces stress and helps stabilize blood sugar.
Therefore, it increases physical and mental endurance, protects the body from the harmful effects of stress and helps us to stay in a positive atmosphere. Not only does matcha green tea help us to slow down stress, but when coupled with meditation it becomes easier to enter into a Zen spirit, and live in the moment with more pronounced mental clarity.
3. MATCHA CONTAINS POWERFUL ANTIOXIDANTS THAT COFFEE DOESN’ T HAVE
A cup of matcha green tea has 10 times more antioxidants than good quality green tea and much more antioxidants than in coffee. In addition, coffee does not contain catechins, a powerful family of antioxidants linked to its anti-aging and anti-cancer properties.
A cup of matcha green tea provides a huge antioxidant boost that helps protect the body from heart disease and cancer while fighting the viruses and bacteria that make it sick.
4. IMPROVING YOUR DIGESTION
Coffee has a pH score of 5 or less, which makes it very acidic. The hydrogen potential with a level of acidity such as that of coffee is bad if consumed with abuse. Coffee consumption can lead to excessive gastric acid production, which leads to different types of digestive discomfort. Some of the problems experienced by coffee drinkers: indigestion, heartburn, imbalance inside the intestine.
Freshly prepared matcha green tea is pH neutral and contains a high level of easily absorbable dietary fibre. Fibre promotes intestinal regularity and a healthy digestive system, which helps maintain stable blood glucose levels and control hunger by promoting a sense of fullness. The desire to snack is less present.
5. NATURAL STIMULATION OF METABOLISM AND WEIGHT LOSS
Matcha green tea is smart! He knows how to act on fat cells. Catechin antioxidants work with caffeine to naturally boost your metabolism and increase the amount of calories you burn daily.
Coffee plays with your blood sugar and can lead to weight gain in some cases. It is therefore advisable to switch to matcha green tea in the morning in order to start the day.
PUT A LITTLE MATCHA IN YOUR LIFE
Finally, for some coffee drinkers, the reasons mentioned in the press, in my articles or above have been more than enough to go from coffee to matcha, at least in the morning (the goal is not to demonize or replace totally).
Even for the nervous and tense person about bringing matcha green tea into their life, it is possible to consume it in different ways and learn to love it. For dessert, matcha latte, smoothie, matcha goes well with many recipes.
The evidence? Many recipes abound on the internet and in cookbooks and even cosmetics now contain matcha. The only downside? The global matcha boom is pushing some producers or retailers to focus more on marketing than quality.
To consume a good matcha, if you don’t know or don’t know much about it yet, take the time to find out more about it, and trust small producers rather than street-based companies who will not hesitate to lie to you and offer you matcha that has only the name.