Best caffeine fix for health nuts: Matcha or kombucha?
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Best caffeine fix for health nuts: Matcha or kombucha?

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Kiss that 2 p.m. cup of coffee goodbye. Millennials and health-nuts alike are turning to new—or rather, old—invigorating beverages to get them through the afternoon slump: matcha and kombucha. Both are teeming with health benefits, have existed for centuries, and boast cult followings. Countless kombucha varieties line grocery store shelves, and matcha lattes have become a staple menu item of coffee shops everywhere. With all of these options and metabolism-boosting benefits in mind, the question remains: Which tastes better? 

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Both drinks are packed with antioxidants and just enough caffeine to make the afternoon breeze by, but without the jitters that come with coffee. 

Although both beverages are technically tea, they could not taste more different. Kombucha is fermented tea, mixed with sugar and other additives like fruits, herbs, and spices for flavor. According to Kombucha aficionados at The Denver Post:

The result is a fizzy drink that can vary from sweet to vinegary, depending on how long it ferments.

Even fans of the afternoon Diet Coke will find solace in the distinct sizzle that erupts from the cap with the first twist, not unlike the beloved pop head after opening a can of soda. You can open even more happiness with kombucha’s health benefits in mind.

Matcha, on the other hand, comes in a powder form. It is, quite simply, ground green tea, albeit a specially-grown green tea. Bonappetit.com explains: 

Twenty days before harvest, the leaves are shaded from direct sunlight, which amps up the chlorophyll levels (and accounts for that Kermit green color) and increases the production of the amino acid L-Theanine, which is thought to promote relaxation even as the tea gives you a caffeine jolt.

True to its Instagram-worthy coloring, matcha tastes slightly vegetal with earthy undertones. The flavor and form make matcha an easy go-to for cooking and baking, as well as creating delicious, energizing drinks like juices, smoothies, and lattes.

The possibilities are pretty endless, and many are using it as a full coffee replacement.

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