In today’s health-conscious world, people are on the lookout for drinks that not only delight our taste buds but also offer a myriad of health benefits. Our increasing focus on health and wellness has brought one drink in particular into the spotlight – the matcha latte. Matcha lattes have become incredibly popular for both their rich flavours and range of health perks, but are they actually good for you? In this blog post, we reveal all and dive into all things matcha.

What is Matcha Powder? 

Matcha powder is the key ingredient to a matcha latte, it’s what gives the latte its distinctive green colour and unique flavour. If you have ever tried green tea, you may draw similarities between the two. This is not just a coincidence, matcha powder is a form of green tea. Matcha is made from the ground down leaves of the camellia sinensis plant, forming what we know as matcha powder. This unique powder originated in Japan and is served as matcha tea, a drink used for centuries in Japanese tea ceremonies. 

Why is Matcha Green?

Wondering why matcha is just so green? No, it’s not artificial colouring! In fact, it’s completely natural. The reason for its vibrant green colour is due to the high chlorophyll levels found in the leaves of the camellia sinensis plant from which matcha originates. 

What Does Matcha Taste Like?

Another of matcha’s unique characteristics is its distinctive flavour. To taste, matcha has a slightly astringent and vegetal taste making it distinctive from other beverages.  

What is a Matcha Latte? 

Matcha lattes are the go-to drink for many nowadays, making it the perfect alternative to a coffee or other beverage. But what exactly are they? Matcha lattes are made from matcha powder, combined with a little hot water to make a paste and topped up with milk (plant-based or dairy) plus a little sweetener of choice, warm or cold depending on your preference between a hot matcha latte or its iced alternative. 

Matcha lattes have grown in popularity over the years and with this comes creative matcha latte flavours. Some matcha latte powders are flavoured with ingredients like vanilla, or some people choose to add syrups and flavourings, like blueberry or strawberry into the paste mixture to deliciously sweeten a matcha latte. 

5 Reasons Why Matcha Lattes Are Good For You 

Luckily for you, matcha lattes are not just delicious, they have a number of health benefits. Some of the reasons why they are good for you include: 

1. Rich in Antioxidants 

Matcha powder is rich in antioxidants such as L-theanine and chlorophyll polyphenols, known as catechins. Antioxidants are an incredibly important part of a healthy diet. Links have been found between diets that are rich in antioxidants and a reduced risk of disease, which is a great reason to introduce matcha into your daily routine.

2. Promotes Skin Health 

One of the many vitamins found in matcha is vitamin C. Vitamin C has several links to promoting healthy and glowing skin, once again showing that matcha lattes are just as beneficial as they are delicious. 

3. Boosts Brain Health 

There have been claims that the amino acid, L-Theanine, found in abundance in matcha, has been linked to boosting brain health. 

4. High in Vitamins 

Amongst several other health benefits, matcha lattes are backed with lots of essential vitamins. In particular, matcha is especially high in vitamins C and A. In fact, matcha has double the amount of vitamin C of other green teas! 

5. Natural Energy Booster

Matcha lattes contain some slow-release caffeine, making a matcha latte a perfect alternative to coffee, without the jitters! Matcha lattes therefore make a great way to start your day, providing some much-needed energy in the morning. We also love them as a mid-afternoon pick-me-up.

Coffee v Matcha Latte: Which is Better For You? 

Coffee and matcha are often compared, and people struggle to decide which to make their staple morning drink. Although at the end of the day, it comes down to personal preference and individual health goals, there are a few key comparisons that we think you should keep in mind when choosing between a coffee or a matcha latte. 

Whilst coffee contains much higher amounts of caffeine, with around 100-140mg of caffeine per cup, compared to around 70mg of caffeine in a matcha latte, the caffeine released from matcha is slow release. This slow releasing caffeine means that you don’t get the sudden crash often associated with caffeine. Instead, caffeine sustains energy levels for much longer, leaving you feeling energised for more of the day. 

The above health benefits of matcha lattes outweigh those of coffee. Its wide range of antioxidants and vitamins makes matcha lattes the better drink for overall wellness. 

Matcha Lattes at Sweet Revolution

At Sweet Revolution, we take pride in our matcha latte blends, which is why we use the very best ingredients that have been grown in nutrient-rich soils. All of our matcha lattes are organic, dairy and gluten-free and contain all of the wonderful nutrients that can boost your overall wellbeing. We offer two types of matcha lattes: our barista blend, perfect for those wanting to spend a little extra time making a matcha latte that rivals any bought from a coffee shop, and our instant blend, a go-to for those with a little less time that still want a great start to the day. 

To each of our blends, we’ve added a touch of Madagascar vanilla to bring a little sweetness to your creamy matcha latte. To explore our full range of matcha lattes, click here