“No” is the short answer if you are talking about real Matcha. Simply put, Matcha is made to offer higher Caffeine. Matcha is Camellia Sinensis, the same as other types of green tea, but shade grown green tea leaves ground into fine powder. When green tea leaves are covered for a certain period of time, it increases two things in tea leaves: Caffeine and L-theanine. Caffeine is a stimulant, and L-theanine is a natural relaxant, which is almost exclusively found in green tea leaves. L-theanine is also Umami (ooh-ma-me), which is a meaty, savory flavor. Matcha is savory green tea with higher effects of calm-alertness delivered by intentionally increased Caffeine. It doesn’t make sense to remove caffeine after extra effort was made to increase caffeine. High caffeine content was welcomed by Zen monks and Samuria warriors to stay alert.
When green tea leaves are NOT covered until harvested, they contain naturally less caffeine. Instead, abundant sun exposure generates more Catechins and EGCG, the antioxidants responsible for the long list of green tea health benefits, in the tea leaves. When these green tea leaves are steamed to maintain natural green color and nutrients, they become Sencha. Sencha is made to be naturally lower in Caffeine and higher in Antioxidants than Matcha. Read more about Sencha and Matcha
If you are looking for “naturally decaffeinated green tea powder,” you have found it here. And some people call it “decaf Matcha”, as “Matcha” is often used as a synonym for green tea powder. This decaf green tea powder is made from Sencha powder with a patented water process. That means decaffeination doesn’t involve any chemicals. The water process is the natural way to remove 99% of Caffeine from green tea leaves.
Is decaffeinated green tea still good for you?
Ordinary decaf green tea offers almost no health benefits because the decaf process removes water soluble antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals along with caffeine. If you brew decaf green tea leaves, the cup of tea offers few nutrients.
However, there is a solution to get green tea benefits without caffeine. “Eat whole leaf.” With the patented water process, 95% of Catechins are left in Edible Green®Sencha powder Decaf, which makes this tea the most beneficial decaf green tea. Edible Green® is Sencha green tea leaves ground into a fine powder. When you enjoy a cup of Edible Green Decaf, you are ingesting all of the Catechins and nutrients that remain in the tea leaf after decaffeination (in powder form). In fact, because it’s Sencha powder, Edible Green Decaf offers more Catechins than Matcha when you compare the same amount of powder. Edible Green® Decaf is the only decaf green tea that delivers full green tea benefits to you. It offers the same smooth mild flavor as Edible Green® regular. No more compromise on green tea benefits to enjoy decaf green tea!
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