Matcha: The Best Green Tea

November 17, 2013 5 min read

(top reasons why you should be drinking it)

Best Green Tea - Matcha Tea

1. Increases Energy Levels 

One of my favorite effects of matcha is the sustained energy boost it provides. I'm not just making it up, there's some actual science behind this.

You see, matcha green tea is packed with extremely high levels of L-Theanine, an amino acid similar in structure to glutamine. Why is this important? According to my trusty Wikipedia (yes I'm sourcing Wikipedia):

"L-Theanine has been studied for its potential ability to reduce mental and physical stress, improve cognition, and boost mood and cognitive performance in a synergistic manner with caffeine"

When you combine the naturally occurring caffeine from matcha with L-Theanine, it creates a kind of drip feed of caffeine into your blood stream. L-Thanine is actually packaged and sold as a supplement, but why would you need it when you have matcha?

Unlike coffee which spikes your energy levels very quickly before crashing, this slow release of caffeine gives you increased energy, more focus and has no harsh crash like coffee or regular energy drinks. Matcha has a pleasant, satisfying feeling that lasts for 4-6 hours, with no after effects. 

ps - dont take my word for it:

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2. Clears Skin

Matcha green tea for Clear Skin

(You will look like this )

This was a new one for me, I only learned it after hearing from several customers that matcha had improved their skin so much, some even told me they started to use matcha tea on their face as skincare.

What is the best green tea ? Kenko Matcha of course

It shouldn't be too surprising, there's plenty of skin care products using green tea, plenty of home recipes for green tea face masks, and again, some real science behind all of this. Since matcha is just a super potent form of green tea, then matcha has all these benefits in spades.

According to a paper published by the Department of Dermatology, University of Alabama, the super high levels of epicatechins (EGCGs) found in matcha, reduced inflammation, protected skin against sun damage and carcinogenic effects (skin cancer). Wow, I'm learning more as I research this. I can see a range of Kenko Tea matcha skin care in the future.

3. Super High Levels of Antioxidants

One of matcha's claim to fame is its massive antioxidant levels compared to any other superfood. Gram for gram, matcha has more antioxidants than just about every other food known to man. These are measured using the Oxygen radical absorbance capacity (ORAC) test, which is a way to measure antioxidant levels in foods. 

Matcha antioxidant levels green tea

As this is just a gram for gram measurement, to keep things in perspective, matcha does have an advantage being a finely ground powder. But 1 gram of matcha powder is still equivalent to about 500 grams of raw spinach. 

Best Green Tea - Matcha Green tea powder from Kenko Tea

But what's more interesting, is matcha has particularly high levels of EGCG - which has been studied extensively for it's effect on prevention of tumor and cancer cell growth, how it improves brain function, and it's ability to increase fat oxidization (helps you lose fat). It's not surprising that EGCG is sold as a supplement on its own to increase fat burning. But why would you need it when you have matcha?

4. Aids Weight Loss

Following on from EGCG's effect on fat oxidization, it's no surprise that matcha is commonly used as a weight loss aid. Slimming tea's are all the rage these days, and green tea is no exception. But do they really work?

Regular consumption off Matcha has shown to increase thermogenesis (the body's rate of burning calories). Pair that with matcha's sustained energy boost from the caffeine and L-theanine and you have a powerful weight loss aid.

Just some words of warning. Depending on matcha to be a magical weight loss aid is a bit short sighted. Alongside a healthy diet and exercise, regular consumption of matcha green tea could be a great addition to your weight loss efforts. But keep in mind it's not a quick fix if the rest of your lifestyle isn't inline with your fat loss goals.

5. Unique Flavour

This is probably down to personal tastes and to be honest the first time I tried matcha I didn't love it. But then I realized I was just getting shitty matcha (this is why I started Kenko). Matcha's flavor did take some time to grow on me, in fact I still prefer it as an addition to smoothies than drinking it on its own. Matcha has a distinct grassy, earthy green tea taste. 

What is the Best Green Tea

Good matcha has a lot of the same characteristics of fine wine. It varies from region to region. A large part of its taste comes from the soil and growing conditions (terroir). Everything from elevation levels, fertilizers used, soil type, to the way it is handled after picking can effect the end result. You can find everything from the cheapest, most bitter, dull green colored junk. To the freshest, sweetest, most vibrant green matcha fit for a king. Matcha's flavor can be combined with so many things, which leads me onto..

6. Creates Awesome Recipes

Matcha Ice Creams - the Best Green Tea

Being a chef, this is my favorite reason why matcha is the best green tea. All the amazing things you can make with matcha. It's one of the most versatile ingredients I've used. If you just drink matcha as a tea, give some of these matcha recipes a try.

7. Meditate like a Zen Monk

Let's face it, it's hard enough to relax these days with so many distractions. My mind seems to run 24 hours a day -  "what am I going to eat for dinner" "did I leave my keys at home", why is that person looking at me?". Then there's iphone's, twitter, facebook. You need some time to relax, and meditation is amazing for that.

Matcha meditation zen monk

But did you know that Zen monks have been using matcha as a meditation aid for thousands of years. They used it to remain alert and focused for long meditation sessions.

It makes sense, matcha makes you feel calm, yet alert. A kind of pleasant, almost euphoric stimulant, without any of the racing thoughts that coffee can bring. Next time you try meditation - have a cup of matcha first and see how it goes.

8. Be as cool as a samurai

There was a time when matcha was exclusively reserved for the Imperial court, Zen monks and the Samurai Class in Japan, So if you want to be as cool as this guy then my advice would me to drink more matcha tea.


There's plenty more reasons why matcha is the best green tea. What's your favorite?

Let me know in the comments below! 

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2010 reviews
like very much

the matcha is a realy nice product. we us it almost daily. the order process is fine and deliver is issue would be your associatation with SHOP i do not like this company as well as other third party companys that want to save your credit info.


I needed to contact customer service. E-mail did not exist.


I saw you sell on Amazon for less money. I tried to contact you and the e-mail was invalid. I tried e-mailing for days and the response was always the same.....invalid e-mail. does not exist. The only contact number on your website was Australia. Then I see this matcha was shipped from an Amazon facility in Kentucky - but I did not get the Amazon price! ???. I tried to file a claim with my financial institution - what a headache. I can’t rate a product that has no customer service contact. So frustrating!

Bought organic & ceremonial

I have had better matcha expected a mind blowing yummy & mind focus matcha, not so much ⭐️one star only

Ceremonial grand and the organic .

I have had a sweeter more matcha flavor in other matcha so that just tells me not all matcha are equal I give it 2 stars. I really want to love it but not as good as PIQUE brand