Differences between Matcha and Green Tea.  Is Matcha Green Tea?

Differences between Matcha and Green Tea. Is Matcha Green Tea?

by Lily Clements July 24, 2019

Many people wonder if there's any difference at all between Matcha and Green Tea. You must be wondering the same, as you've come for an answer.

So, are there any differences between Matcha and Green Tea?

Yes, there are a number of evident differences. 

While they are both similar as they come from green tea leaves. They have noticeable differences in colors, flavors, textures, and especially preparation methods that make a huge difference.  There are differences in their nutritional benefits, as well.

So how do Matcha Tea Powder and Green Tea Powder differ from each other?

Differences in Color

  • Ordinary green tea would look a little dull brown.
  • Whereas, Matcha has a glowing and vibrant color. It just looks so energetic at first glance.

So what makes Matcha color lively?

In one word, that's chlorophyll. It's the natural and powerful polyphenol green pigment present in all green plants. Matcha has high levels of chlorophyll, which makes it look shining green.

Is there any difference in taste between Green Tea vs. Matcha?

Hell yeah! People who have tasted ceremonial grade Matcha will always vote for Matcha in comparison to green tea.

Why do people prefer ceremonial grade Matcha?

It’s preferred because it doesn't require any additional sweetener to enjoy the drink. It's already so rich in taste that you just don't even need any sort of dairy products with it.

Is Matcha texture any better than green tea?

  • Green tea powder would feel grainy and rough, like crushed-up leaves.
  • Matcha powder is super smooth, like the finest talc powder.

So how come Matcha is so different from green tea?

Great question! Especially, if they are from similar green tea leaves, then what really changes in processing that makes Matcha much more desirable, beneficial and premium?

So here's the secret!

Matcha Green Tea Powder uses only the finest green tea leaves. These leaves are hand-harvested. All the stems and veins are carefully removed, to later stone-ground into Matcha powder.

In case of simple green tea, it's merely made from the leaf in hot water.

How is the preparation of Matcha or Green tea, any different?

  • For the best experience, mix your matcha with water that’s less than 175' Fahrenheit or 79' Celsius.
  • Normal green tea is nutritionally good, but not as beneficial as Matcha. On top of that, most standard green tea is boiled up to 100' Celsius, that's 212' Fahrenheit.  That abruptly kills most of its nutritional value!

What are the nutritional value differences between Matcha and Green Tea?

Everyone unanimously agrees, a single cup of Matcha provides 10 to 15 times more nutritional value (depending upon Matcha quality grade) than a cup of regular steeped green tea.

How can Matcha provide so much nutrition?

Simple, Matcha is a finely grained form of the full premium leaves. In comparison, green tea is just a couple of standard crushed leaves in hot water.

How are Matcha and Green Tea different nutritionally?

Both have Epigallocatechin Gallate, also known as EGCG. EGCG is a crystalline compound that is extremely powerful antioxidants. 

Research has proven it has multiple health benefits; it has shown to help in curing cancer. Here's one of the credible and detailed research.

Just so if you don't know, antioxidants get rid of all the bad toxins in your body. This is the biggest factor for why we gain weight, get sick and acquire other severe diseases. 

So increased metabolism and improved physical stamina is just the tip of the iceberg of benefits!

In every one gram:

  • Matcha has 134 milligrams of ECGC's.
  • Green Tea has only 63 milligrams of it.

How much of other Polyphenols do Matcha and Green Tea have?

Tannins are a natural micronutrient, found in plants, teas, and wines.

In every one gram:

  • Matcha has 99 milligrams of Tannins.
  • Green Tea has 7 milligrams of it.

Does Matcha have as many Amino Acids as Green Tea has?

Absolutely yes! 

Both have L-theanine, which is an amino acid that calms the brain and improves cognitive abilities. You get to experience more creativity, improved memory, and a higher level of attention.

So yes, it has all the caffeine energy-boosting benefits, but without the crash!

In every one gram:

  • Matcha has 45 milligrams of L-theanine.
  • Green Tea has only 3 milligrams of it.

What's the count of antioxidants in Matcha and Green Tea?

Green tea has 137 times less of antioxidants than Matcha. That's why Matcha is increasingly becoming the preferences of masses. 

Do yourself a favor and try premium Matcha. We at Tenzo Tea, offer the highest-quality ceremonial grade Matcha. 

Thousands of Tenzo Tea lovers just can't be wrong! Here are the top benefits of having Matcha tea.

Try Tenzo Tea ones, and you'll be happy you tasted the real Matcha!


Where can I find great Matcha recipes?

Glad, you asked! 

We have prepared an amazing handbook for best matcha recipes

So you will never really run out of Matcha ideas. Be it preparing a Matcha Latte or Lemonade, we have all the popular drink and food recipes. 

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Lily Clements
Lily Clements

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Lily is a 100% matcha geek. A quest for healthy living and better energy brought her to Tenzo and now she can't get enough!


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