As a small family-owned business, we love it when people ask questions about our matcha. Below are some common questions we usually get from our customers.

What’s the percentage of matcha green tea in Qmatcha?

All Qmatcha products are 100% pure organic matcha powder. You may have seen other matcha-style products on the market that are blends of lower quality teas like Tencha and Gyokuro, with a little matcha thrown in. Qmatcha is not a blend. Our Premium, Ceremonial and Supreme Grade products are 100% pure organic matcha.

How much caffeine is in Qmatcha?

One serving (½ teaspoon) of Qmatcha green tea contains less caffeine than a cup of coffee, but more caffeine than a cup of green tea. The exact caffeine content varies a little bit with every crop of leaves, but it is around 29 to 37 milligrams per serving. For reference, one cup (8 ounces) of brewed coffee contains 160 milligrams.

Is your matcha organic?

Yes, all Qmatcha products are 100% USDA Certified Organic.

What is the nutritional content of Qmatcha?

For every 1/2 tsp (2g) of Qmatcha Green Tea Powder, you are receiving approximately 1g of protein, .4mg of Iron, and 2% of your daily Vitamin A intake (based on a 2,000 calorie diet), all for approximately 6 calories.

What is L-theanine?

L-theanine is a naturally occurring chemical compound found in plants, including green tea leaves. It promotes the production of alpha waves in the brain, and is used to improve mental focus, stamina and cognition. L-theanine may also decrease high blood pressure, boost immunity, and help prevent Alzheimer’s disease.

What are EGCGs?

EGCG stands for Epigallocatechin gallate. EGCG is a type of catechin, a naturally occurring chemical compound known as a polyphenol that is found in green tea and other plants. EGCGs are powerful antioxidants with numerous health benefits, including increased metabolism and physical endurance. Antioxidants flush the body of free radicals and toxins, which make you susceptible to weight gain, illnesses, cancer and other chronic conditions.

Will matcha help with my weight loss?

Because of its high content of EGCGs, matcha boosts fat metabolism and can burn up to 25% more calories (see studies noted here). It can improve your energy and stamina, and many people enjoy matcha as a pre-workout drink.

Will matcha help boost my energy?

Many people find that matcha increases their level of sustained energy for four to six hours. Matcha provides a calm, steady energy that comes from its unique combination of caffeine and L-theanine.

Can I drink matcha while I’m pregnant?

Caffeine affects different people in different ways. The general consensus in the medical community is that a small amount of caffeine (up to 200 milligrams per day) is fine for pregnant women. As with any product that contains caffeine, you should consult your doctor before consuming matcha during your pregnancy.

Does matcha have any negative side effects?

No. Unlike strong espresso drinks and other energy boosters, matcha has no side effects (just positive ones). Matcha enhances your energy naturally at a sustainable level, without jitters or any kind of “crash.” However, we don’t recommend drinking matcha on an empty stomach. Like other products with caffeine, this could cause your stomach to feel a bit unsettled.

How fresh is your matcha tea?

Qmatcha is hand-plucked from the finest green tea farms in Japan, dried, prepared, and delivered to you as soon as possible. The entire process takes less than 4 to 6 weeks to go from the farm fields to the cup in your hand.

How should I store matcha tea powder?

Matcha green tea powder should be stored in an airtight container in a cool, dry, dark place. Qmatcha powder is easy to store, because it comes in a resealable metal tin

What is the shelf life of matcha powder?

Once it has been ground, matcha will stay fresh for about one year under optimal conditions.

Does matcha powder expire?

When stored properly, an opened container of matcha will stay fresh for six to twelve weeks. If stored incorrectly and left open to the elements, the nutrients in the tea will degrade. Always store your matcha in an airtight container.