Both matcha and coffee are popular sources of caffeine, but they have some significant differences that make them unique. In this blog, we'll explore the health benefits and drawbacks of each beverage and help you decide which one is the better choice for you.

First, let's start with a brief overview of each drink. Matcha is a type of green tea that originated in Japan and has been enjoyed for centuries for its unique flavour and health benefits. The entire green tea plant is ground into a fine powder, which is then mixed with hot water to make a smooth, creamy drink. This differs from regular green tea where only the leaves are used, which is way matcha has a far higher antioxidant content than green tea.

Coffee, on the other hand, is made by brewing roasted coffee beans in hot water. It is one of the most widely consumed beverages in the world and is known for its strong, bold flavour and energising effects.

Woman drinking matcha or coffee sits on a rock overviewing a valley in Australia

Both matcha and coffee have energising properties. 

Health Benefits

Now, let's take a closer look at the health benefits of each drink. Matcha is a rich source of antioxidants, particularly a type called catechins, which have been shown to have various health benefits. These antioxidants help to protect the body from damage caused by free radicals, which are unstable molecules that can lead to inflammation and disease.

In addition to its high antioxidant content, matcha is also a good source of fibre, chlorophyll, and various vitamins and minerals. It has been shown to help boost metabolism, improve heart health, and lower cholesterol levels.

Coffee also has some health benefits, particularly when consumed in moderation. It is a rich source of antioxidants and has been shown to help improve mental alertness and cognitive function. Some studies have also suggested that it may help to lower the risk of certain types of cancer and protect against Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's disease.


While matcha does have many potential health benefits, to consume matcha in moderation as overconsumption may lead to negative side effects such as stomach irritation or an increased risk of kidney stones. It is high is caffeine content meaning excess consumption can cause jitters, anxiety, and difficulty sleeping in some people.

Just like matcha, coffee can also have some negative effects on health if consumed in large quantities. It can lead to digestive issues, such as acid reflux, and can interfere with the absorption of certain minerals. Furthermore, the high caffeine content of coffee can cause jitters, anxiety, and difficulty sleeping in some people.

Matcha versus Coffee: Environmental considerations when choosing the perfect beverage. Field of tea growing in Australia

Choosing between matcha and coffee with the environment in mind. 

Environmental Impact

Another point to consider when deciding between matcha and coffee is the environmental impact of each beverage. Both coffee and tea (including matcha) are grown in various regions around the world and the environmental impact of their cultivation can vary greatly depending on the specific location and farming practices used.

That being said, some studies have suggested that the environmental impact of coffee production may be higher than that of tea. For example, coffee production requires more water and land and the use of pesticides and other chemicals in coffee production can have negative impacts on the environment and the health of the workers.

Tea (including matcha), on the other hand, is typically grown using more sustainable practices such as organic farming and natural pest control. Tea plants also have a longer lifespan and do not require as much water or land as coffee plants.

Let’s not forget that these are generalisations and the environmental impact of any particular batch of coffee or tea will depend on the specific farming practices used. If environmental sustainability is a concern for you, it may be worth considering the origin and production methods of the coffee or tea that you are purchasing.

Matcha beverage on a wooden table next to Match Powder and a wooden spoon against a plain background in Australia

Enjoy a creamy matcha drink for long lasting energy. 

Decision Time: Matcha or Coffee?

In terms of health benefits, both matcha and coffee have their own unique set of pros and cons. While matcha is a rich source of antioxidants and has various health benefits, it may not be as effective at boosting mental alertness as coffee. On the other hand, coffee has been shown to have some protective effects against certain diseases, but it can also have negative effects on health if consumed in large quantities.


When it comes to taste and physical feeling, coffee is significantly more bitter tha matcha, and is reported to be more 'jittery' or 'up and down' in feeling. However, matcha has a smoother and more grassy flavour profile, but is more consistent and gradual in it's energy release.

So, which is the better choice for you? Ultimately, the decision will come down to personal preference and your individual health needs. If you're looking for a more gentle source of caffeine, matcha may be the better choice as it tends to provide a more sustained energy boost compared to coffee. However, if you need a quick pick-me-up, coffee may be more effective. Of course, you could enjoy both in your lifestyle but just need to be wary of your total caffeine intake.

If you're unsure which one is the best choice for you, it may be helpful to speak with a healthcare professional or a registered dietitian. They can help you make an informed decision based on your individual needs and preferences.


As a reminder, here is a summary of some of the key differences between matcha and coffee:


We hope this information has been helpful! Feel free to reach out to TEA MATE if you have any questions.

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