Matcha vs. Coffee:
Which one is better for you?
Coffee has been our age-old caffeinated beverage partner. Still, there's one more that is believed to be giving competition to Coffee. Yes! The Asian delicacy Matcha. Please don't take us wrong here but had to define boundaries (pun intended).
What is Matcha?
Matcha is a finely powdered form of tea that comes from a shade-grown plant. The beverage is prepared by adding the matcha powder (that is, the dried leaves ground to a fine powder) to the cup and then adding boiling water to the cup.
You can stir it up in a cup like Fir double-walled cup.
What is Coffee?
While this question may feel too mainstream to the readers, let's make the comparison honestly.
Just like Matcha, Coffee also comes from a plant source. The difference, however, is, it is the seed of the coffee plant. You know those seeds as coffee beans. We are sure you must have ground them at least once in your life.
Do Coffee and Matcha taste different?
Yes, both the beverages have intriguing taste differences. Coffee tastes nutty, smells somewhat like chocolate, and what Matcha tastes like? Matcha has a grassy feeling to it. An aroma that you can identify if you're familiar with the Asian tea culture.
Both beverages are believed to have health advantages. Let's see what each drink has to offer:
1. Matcha is packed with antioxidants:
Antioxidants are compounds that limit the free radicals to damage the body cells of humans. Matcha is packed with an antioxidant named catechin that protects against cell damage and reduces the chances of having chronic illnesses like cancer.
2. It Protects the liver:
Matcha is basically green tea. Both green tea and Matcha come from the same plant. However, the plantation methods vary. Green tea is grown under sunlight, but Matcha is protected from the sun, giving it a concentrated chlorophyll activity, imparting a darker green shade.
Green tea has been studied for its protective benefits against chronic liver diseases. There is empirical evidence that green teas, including Matcha, prevent liver enzymes' hyper-production in patients with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease.
3. You can Put Off Some KGs by Drinking Matcha:
Matcha has caffeine in it that activates the brown fat tissues in the body. The brown fat tissues are responsible for creating heat in the body. When they get activated, they do not let the fats store; instead, they convert the fat into heat.
This leads to an overall weight loss if you have Matcha regularly.
4. Get Ready to Have an Enhanced Brain Function:
The caffeine in Matcha activates the brain cells, making the consumer more alert, more physically active than before. You can have a better mood and a quicker response rate after having a cup of freshly dissolved Matcha.
Disadvantages of Matcha:
1. It is an expensive drink:
While Coffee remains a household beverage, the fine quality matcha can be an expensive drink to have regularly.
2. Overuse can Cause Liver Damage:
You can take a limited amount of the drink (one cup per day) to have its health benefits against liver diseases. However, if you overuse it, the same beneficial drink can damage your liver.
3. The Grinding Process May Add Impurities:
The matcha tea leaves are pulverized, so there's an increased chance of contamination, such as lead or other metal particles in the drink.
Coffee may only seem like a regular drink to have some energy boost, but in fact, it has much more to offer.
1. Protection Against Type II Diabetes:
Studies show that people who take coffee regularly are less likely to develop metabolic syndromes like Type II Diabetes. The reason behind this protection is the chemical composition of Coffee. It is packed with many micronutrients like potassium, magnesium, vitamin B-2, etc.
2. It is rich in Antioxidants:
Just like Matcha, Coffee is also rich in antioxidants that result in cell protection against free radicals in the body. While Matcha has catechins as the main antioxidant, Coffee has polyphenols. The antioxidants destroy free radicals that can cause a metabolic disturbance.
3. Gives a Quick Energy Boost:
The caffeine in Coffee alerts the brain cells. The quick absorption of caffeine gives a quick energy boost helping you to fight against tiredness and sleepiness.
4. Protective Against Parkinson's Disease:
The natural ingredients of Coffee protect one against Parkinson's disease. Not only does its intake protect against Parkinson, but it also helps Parkinson's patients to have control over their involuntary movements.
Disadvantages of Coffee:
1. It can Alter the Brain's state:
Overuse of Coffee can cause permanent changes in the brain's state. If people do not optimize the intake of Coffee, they may face issues like anxiety.
2. Commercially Produced Coffee can Have Toxins:
Mycotoxins are present in the commercially produced Coffee that leave a question mark on the safety of Coffee.
3. Potential of Fractures in Women:
Researchers have observed that the women who take Coffee above the advised limits can easily face fractured bones.
Matcha Vs. Coffee:
Now that we have seen the benefits and disadvantages of both the beverages, here's a little insight into how they perform against each other:
- Calorie Level:
Both the drinks are almost devoid of calories if you don't add anything to them.
- Energy Boost:
Both drinks have caffeine in them. However, the caffeine in Coffee acts very rapidly as compared to the caffeine in Matcha. Coffee may give a rapid energy boost that will later result in many other problems.
On the other hand, Matcha's caffeine is slow-acting, and it flushes out pretty quickly from one's system.
Both are loaded with antioxidants and help prevent many chronic diseases such as cancer and type II diabetes. However, Matcha is richer on the antioxidant scale.
Both Matcha and Coffee are energy-boosting drinks that help reduce weight and fight against diseases in the human body. While Coffee is an inexpensive drink, Matcha tops the positive energy boost side and the antioxidants richness.
You can either have your Matcha or your Coffee in our Juliet Double Walled Mugs. The only advice is not to overuse any of the two.