A torrent of a healthy food and drink options have come onto the scene in recent years and it can be difficult determining which will provide the greatest enhancements to your health. However, fear not – we at Kineta Matcha, are here to taste test the most recent trends, innovations and concoctions in the hope to de-mystify the latest hipster food and drink hitting the market.
This time we taste test two of the fastest growing tea based drinks in recent times: Kombucha and Matcha Tea. In reality these two drinks are more unalike than alike however they are both fascinating a have something alternative to offer.
What is Matcha green tea?
Matcha green tea is considered a superior form of green tea because, rather than drinking the brewed water of green tea, you consume the leaves themselves which have been ground to a fine powder, thereby preserving many of the vitamins and nutrients that make it such a powerful antioxidant.
Kombucha, on the other hand, is a fermented drink brewed from either black or green tea, containing sugar and an injection of yeast and bacteria with probiotic properties and a small amount of alcohol.
1.Who wins the Caffeine?
One serving (1/2- 1 tsp) of Matcha tea contains about 35mg-70 mg of caffeine. However, the energy boost that this caffeine provides packs a bigger punch than anything you might have experienced with coffee and energy drinks, but in a much more controlled way, i.e. without the jittery anxiety and energy crashes due to the slow release nature of Tea caffeine. Aka it works in harmony with your body.
In contrast, the fermentation process which produces Kombucha reduces the tea’s already low caffeine content. Whereas a cup of coffee may contain near on 100 mg of caffeine, a cup of Kombucha might contain up to a mere 25 mg in comparison.
2. Method of consumption
Matcha green tea is highly enjoyable whether hot or cold and also quick to prepare. At Kineta we love our Matcha straight up or in Matcha lattes, especially in the Winter months. Check out our recipe for a quick and healthy hot Matcha treat. Another favourite recipe of ours – which works great prepared both hot and cold – is our morning Matcha power shot which you can freeze in a big batch to use over the month. You can also mix a serving of Matcha powder with your protein shake. Its a super flexible and easy to use ingredient!
Kombucha is generally served cold and the process for making it is more convoluted if you aren’t purchasing a pre-made preparation on the high street. It can take anywhere between 7 and 20 days to ferment the tea and it also isn’t for the faint-hearted, as you’ll be dealing with a slippery mass of bacteria and yeast known as a ‘SCOBY’.
If you’re up to the task, you can have the best of both worlds with our fabulous Kineta Matcha Green Tea Kombucha recipe.
3. Health benefits
Both Matcha Green tea and Kombucha contain B vitamins and antioxidants, and Kombucha goes even further with its addition of probiotics which is believed to support gut health. As a dairy-free probiotic source, Kombucha is particularly appealing to those with lactose intolerances and those following vegan diets. However, if you suffer from an imbalance of gut flora such as candida, it is best to stay away from fermented drinks such as Kombucha as they may do more harm than good.
It goes without saying that the nutritional content of the drink depends upon the preparation method and when it comes to matters of health, this is no time to be skipping the small print – read your labels!
After extensive research, we are firmly on the #TeamMatcha side, hence why we have dedicated a whole store to provide you with organic Matcha green tea in pretty packaging. Order yours here today.