As New York’s first specialty matcha cafe, one of our top priorities is education. On this page you will find a run down on the health benefits of matcha tea. If you're looking for brewing instructions, click here! Have more questions? Want to take your education to the next level? Email our Co-Founder Graham@MatchaBarNYC.com to ask further questions or setup a private MatchaBar course!


What constitutes ceremonial grade?

Ceremonial grade denotes the highest quality of matcha, meant to be consumed in a traditional japanese tea ceremony. Alternatively, culinary grade denotes it is meant to be used for cooking and flavoring, and generally lacks the caffeine and l-theanine content we love so much!

Difference between matcha and green tea?

To produce matcha, one uses only the tips of the plant - baby leaves that sprout while the plant is being shaded. Shade-growing is essential to how the tea plant is harvested for matcha. Then the plant is deprived of sunlight, effectively tricking the plant into thinking it is dying, causing it to work harder to survive! Its chlorophyll content skyrockets , along with  antioxidants, and everything else that makes matcha wonderful! What results is a leaf packed with flavor, nutrients and caffeine.

Why 2 grams of matcha?

We use a full 2-gram serving of matcha in every beverage, whether served at our cafe, or by the bottle. This ensures that you are getting everything that matcha has to offer. Simply put, notice not only the quality of the matcha, but the quantity of matcha, too. Pay attention to how you feel after drinking our matcha, you will notice the difference!

How much caffeine?

Every bottle filled and cup served contains around 80mg of caffeine.

How does matcha stack up against...

GREEN TEA: 25-40mg/cup
ESPRESSO: 90-100mg/shot
RED BULL: 80mg per can
COFFEE: 120-150+/cup

Why “Calm, Focused Energy?”

The beauty of matcha lies in the extended release nature of the caffeine. The caffeine in matcha bonds to larger plant molecules, increasing the time it takes for the caffeine to break down in the bloodstream. This creates a prolonged energy, versus the quick burst - and subsequent crash - associated with coffee and other energy drinks.

What is L-Theanine, and why do I feel so good?

Nutritionists celebrate L-Theanine, one of the most common amino acids in matcha, for its wonderful effects on the mind. L-Theanine supports the activity of alpha brain waves, responsible for a cool, calm, collected feeling we love - not necessarily a bad thing for a generation of anxious multi-taskers. So with matcha, it’s not just the caffeine at work. The killer combo of caffeine and L-theanine delivers what we like to call a calm, focused energy.

But is it good for me?

Matcha is naturally one of the most concentrated sources of antioxidants on the planet! Antioxidants, our body’s foot soldiers, are our first line of protection against free radicals, the molecules that nutritionists believe are responsible for accelerated aging, tissue damage, and inflammatory issues. Antioxidants are also known to help control blood sugar and cholesterol levels, and can even help improve metabolism.