MATCHA TEA VS GREEN TEA
It’s all the buzz at the moment, matcha, but every household already has green tea bags or loose leaf green tea (sencha), so what’s so special about matcha tea and what makes it different to regular green tea? Loose leaf green tea leaves and matcha come from the exact same plant and are both considered under the bigger umbrella of ‘green tea’, so what makes matcha so much better?
We’ve compiled a very simple comparisons list to uncover the major differences between matcha and green tea.
1. Physical appearance
This is the first and most obvious one to the general public. Matcha is a bright, vibrant, green powder, presented in tins or air-tight packages.
Green tea leaves (sencha) are dried green tea leaves, usually presented in tea bags or as loose leaf tea.
2. How the leaves are grown/Nutrient density
Matcha is grown under shade in it’s final few weeks which allows for greater preservation of nutrients, like L-theanine and antioxidants. Because of the growth of the tea leaves in shade in thoe final two weeks, a cup of matcha tea can be found to have 137x the antioxidants that a regular cup of brewed green tea does!
Green tea leaves (sencha) are grown in direct sunlight throughout the whole growth process
3. How it’s processed
Matcha ground into a fine powder, after an intense steaming and drying protocol, using a traditional stone grinder. This is a key component of distinguishing authentic, high quality matcha to untraditional, commercial matcha. Matcha ground using a stone grinder is a much slower process, but works to remove the addition of heat that may be produced in a pulveriser and thus maintaining its incredible nutrient profile.
Green tea leaves (sencha) are steamed and air dried, and then packed to be shipped. The process is not as long nor timely as matcha.
4. How it’s used
Matcha, being in a fine powder form, can be used for an array of cooking, baking and drinking modalities. It is dissolvable in any dish or drink. It is used very broadly in japan, and around the world, to flavour ‘green tea’ dishes and desserts, such as ice creams, milk shakes, crepe cakes etc. It is most traditionally used in Japanese tea ceremonies, where the highest quality ceremonial matcha is used in a very respectful, and historical ceremony. Commercially, matcha can be found in different grades, depending on it’s uses.
Green tea leaves (sencha), unlike matcha, is mainly just used for drinking/brewing as a tea since it is not dissolvable not versatile in it’s form.