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Frequently Asked Questions

We are often asked questions by our customers so please take a look at our most frequently asked questions section for your Matcha Questions answered:

Does Matcha Tea Have Caffeine?

There is around 34mg of caffeine per 1g of Kineta Ceremonial Matcha tea powder. This is compared to 70-80mg for a cup of coffee. Most experts consider 200mg of caffeine per day to be an acceptable level. The ‘type’ of caffeine in Matcha is different from that of coffee caffeine, called Theophylline, which gives you a much more sustainable release of energy throughout the day. It slows the release because it is linked to the amino acid; L-theanine which slows the absorption giving a much more steady and slow release of caffeine. Many of our regular customers are so sensitive to caffeine that they develop migraines from anything caffeinated, yet they are able to drink Kineta Matcha with no ill effects whatsoever.

Can Matcha Tea Help you Lose Weight?

A study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (1999) showed that green tea extract which is rich in catechins does have thermogenic properties that go beyond that which can be explained by the caffeine content of the tea. It was found that consuming green tea increased thermogenesis (the body’s rate of burning calories) from 8-10% to 35-43% of daily energy expenditure.

There was a further study which demonstrated that exercising immediately after drinking matcha green tea resulted in up to a 25% more fat burning during exercise. Essentially both studies suggest that green tea can improve the resting metabolic rate alongside fat burning. Furthermore, this effect did not incur any side effects that are associated with more traditional fat loss pills. Combined with the fact that drinking green tea instead of sugary, calorie filled drinks really does make Matcha Tea a far superior drink in ouor opinion!

How many cups of Matcha for Weight Loss?

Consuming between 2-5 cups of Matcha Tea per day is sufficient to see approx 3lbs of weight loss extra per quarter. This is with no other dietary or exercises changes.. This is based on a dosage of 1g per cup. At this dose, you will get sufficient catechins and tea caffeine which have been shown to boost thermo-metabolism aka fat burning. Thermogenesis equates to around 10% of energy expenditure in a fully grown human. Consumption of Matcha Tea powder increases this to around 35% of energy expenditure.

Is Matcha Tea addictive?

Our Matcha lovers often report the amazing way that our Matcha Green Tea makes them feel… and we all know that feeling good can be addictive! Having said that there is no evidence that drinking Matcha causes any coffee-like addictions or gives you any withdrawal symptoms if you stop consuming it.

How long will my tin of Kineta Matcha green tea last?

With a dosage of ½ a teaspoon once per day our 30g tin of Matcha will last up to 6 weeks. If you wish to up the dosage or its regularity then your tin will obviously last less. We suggest that 1 tin per month is about right in terms of dosage and average usage.

How long is the shelf life?

Our shelf-life is at the bottom of each and every tin – which is 18-Months from the point of packaging. We use air sealed containers, which protects the product’s nutrients and keeps the powder at its freshest. Once exposed to air Matcha green tea begins to lose its nutrients if not stored correctly. We recommend it is stored in a cool dry place and provided it’s kept away from light, heat and moisture it will remain in excellent quality months even once opened.

How should I store my Matcha?

Kineta Matcha is best stored in a cool dry place out of direct sunlight. Our tins are designed to prevent degradation and improve freshness. Simply shut your tin tightly and you will preserve all that wonderful green colour, powerful nutrients and taste for longer.

Can you reassure me about the safety of your Matcha?

A few consumers have concerns about the safety of Matcha tea following the tragic earthquake disaster 2011. To confirm that the Nishio region where the Kineta Matcha tea is sourced and produced is over 600km South of Fukashima. Further to this product is open to strict testing by the Japanese Authorities before it leaves the country and again on entry meeting the highest food standards.

Is Matcha Tea Safe during pregnancy?

This question is often referring to the caffeine content. Matcha is a low caffeine product but it does contain caffeine. This is often down to personal choice. During pregnancy, it is advised to limit caffeine to 200mg per day. To put that in to perspective one serving of our Matcha green tea contains 34mg of caffeine and by comparison, a regular cup of coffee contains on average 70-75 mg. If you have any concerns please consult your doctor.

What is Matcha?

Matcha green tea is a stone-ground green tea to a form a powdered version of green tea. It is  grown and harvested in a different way to standard green tea in that it is shade-grown for the final few months to allow the leaves to fill with chlorophyll and L-Theanine whilst exuding a vibrant green colour packed full of powerful antioxidants and nutrients.

Why is the Kineta Matcha Green Tea more expensive than others on the market?

Kineta Matcha green tea is a ceremonial grade Matcha tea and we use the finest, smallest leaves from the very tip of the tea bush – giving it a more vibrant green colour and a slightly smoother, sweeter flavour as well as increased amounts of amino acids and vitamins A, C & E.

Our Matcha Green Tea is traditionally stone-ground to maintain all the amazing nutrients on-site at our family-run tea farm in Nishio region which is buried deep within the heart of Japan’s main island, Honshu and remains one of Japan’s best-kept tea secrets. In short, we don’t cut corners!

How much Matcha should I have in a day?

Well, this really does depend on your personal preference and your reasons behind why you consume Matcha Green Tea.

We recommend you should have no more than 3 cups a day which also keeps you within the lower recommended caffeine limit of 200mg. Due to the slow caffeine release it is often sufficient to have just 1-2 cups in the morning and still feel the health benefits and improved mental alertness that Matcha delivers, throughout the entire day. If you wish to go on a detox, weight loss regime, or are lacking in energy at 2-3 times a day is recommended.

Is it safe to drink Matcha everyday?

Yes, it is safe to drink Matcha everyday. It is a totally natural plant-based product. With all these things there is a word of caution and that is based on balance. Matcha is a caffeinated product containing 34mg per 1g consumed. The government guidelines suggest limiting caffeine intake to 200mg per day. Given these guidelines we suggest that you consume no more than 5 cups of  Matcha per day at the stated serving dose of 1g.

What time of the day should I drink Matcha?

Any time you need an energy boost or increased focus. We recommend that Matcha is consumed in the morning and early afternoon: Morning time is very beneficial, and is a good time to take Matcha as a smoothie or even in porridge. After lunch is also good for avoiding the mid-afternoon slump.

Due to the caffeine content, it is not advisable to drink Matcha just before bed (even though the caffeine content is still much lower than coffee and a lot of other types of teas).

What is the best temperature to serve Matcha?

You can serve Matcha with hot water, juices or smoothies. It can also be used in a wide variety of baking!

However, to receive the greatest health benefits, the optimum temperature to serve Matcha is 70 degrees or lower if you like it iced. If you don’t have a temperature-controlled kettle, simply switch off the kettle before it reaches boiling point.

Matcha tea is good for the skin?

Matcha has long been revered as a very potent product for general skincare and blemishes. There are are many products containing Matcha Green tea that are gaining strong industry recognition and awards for the ability to positively impact skin quality.

What is the healthiest way to prepare Matcha?

We always recommend adding a little lemon or lime juice to Matcha as studies have shown that this helps protect Matcha during the digestive process allowing you to get more of the benefits and nutrients from it. Any citric acid is helpful. If you don’t wish to adulterate the taste, simply taking a few vitamin c tablets will be as good due to the ascorbic acid content.

I want to quit coffee, is Matcha an option for me?

We would suggest that Matcha is possibly the best option possible for coffee addicts. Matcha gives an energy release 4-6 times longer than coffee while regulating blood sugar so you will feel both energised and content. The L-theanine effect relaxes and calms the nervous system, rather than overstimulating it. Almost all our customers have noticed their coffee consumption collapsing or have banished coffee from their diet altogether with no withdrawal symptoms. We can’t stop you liking coffee’s taste, but we believe it can help you so you will no longer rely on it to get you through your day.

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