Matcha Vs. Green Tea- The Ultimate Champion
If we’ve heard this question once, we’ve heard it a million times.
“What is the difference between matcha and green tea?”
If you’re new here, you may not know this, but matcha and green tea are actually quite different, even though they do share the same roots. Matcha and green tea are both tasty, healthy alternatives to coffee, juice, and soda, and they both have numerous health benefits. But which rejuvenating refreshment reigns supreme? Keep reading to find out.
Round 1 - The Similarities
Matcha is actually a form of green tea, and because of this, they both share some of the same health benefits. Matcha and green tea are both harvested from the green tea plant, the Camellia sinensis. However, even during the growing process, Camellia Sinensis plants destined to produce matcha are treated much differently than those that will be green tea.
Matcha and green tea also both contain the powerful and beneficial catechin known as Epigallocatechin Gallate. That’s a bit of a mouthful so for now, we’ll just refer to it as EGCG. EGCG has several health benefits that are a major contributing factor for the reason matcha and green tea are so good for your overall well-being. If you want more info on EGCG, you can read about it here, but for now just know that it’s largely responsible for what we fondly call, matcha magic.
And, whether you’re interested in weight loss, lowering your cholesterol, maintaining a healthy brain and heart function, or lowering your risk for cancer, both matcha and green are good beverage options because they both contain this special catechin. But, thanks to the potency at which matcha is consumed, you’ll find more EGCG in a cup of matcha than you will in a cup of green tea.
Health benefits aside, matcha and green tea are also both wonderful alternatives to coffee. You can achieve similar energy levels as you do drinking a cup of the good old stuff, but without that jittery anxiousness that sometimes accompanies it. So, if you’re looking to move away from your daily cup of Joe, both matcha and green tea will help you take that big leap. In fact, if that’s on the horizon for your new year, stick around. Because we’ll be featuring a series of blogs written by real people who really gave up coffee for matcha.
It is obvious that matcha and green tea have quite a lot of similarities, so if we want to determine who’s the strongest competitor we’ll need to take a dive into their differences. And, that’s just what we’ll do.
Round 2- The Differences
As we mentioned above, though matcha and green tea come from the same type of plant, they’re actually quite different and a lot of this has to do with the last stages of the growing and harvesting process. . Green tea leaves that have been appointed to become matcha are covered with a cloth shortly before the harvest to help promote the development of different nutrients. And, instead of only harvesting the leaves and immediately deveining them, matcha leaves are harvested stems and all, and ground into the fine powder, that we know and love.
Thanks to this process, matcha is much, much more potent than green tea. Which is why, even though they share similar qualities and advantages and come from the exact same plant, matcha offers more powerful disease prevention and health benefits. With higher levels of both EGCG and other antioxidants, matcha is the more mighty of the two.
If you’re looking for which tea is better for your afternoon pick-me-up, go with matcha. Along the same lines as the nutrient potency we discussed above, matcha also has a higher caffeine concentration than green tea. In fact, matcha has a little over twice the amount of caffeine as your average cup of green tea. And, unlike coffee, you won’t experience any energy spikes, just a long-lived elevation in your energy levels. So if you’re switching from coffee and want a good supplement, matcha is better suited to giving you the energy boost you crave.
Round 3- The Ultimate Champion- Mighty Matcha
We’ve talked at length about the massive differences in the potency of matcha and green tea and how this makes matcha the more impressive of the two different teas. But what we haven’t mentioned, until now, is that a good portion of this potency is generated during the preparation process.
When you make regular green tea you steep the leaves in water and then remove them after a couple of minutes before you enjoy your beverage. On the other hand, when you drink matcha, you’re mixing finely ground tea leaves directly into the hot water or milk. With matcha, you’re able to enjoy the full benefits of the leaves because you ingest the entire leaf.
All matcha is not made equal though, so to ensure that you’re receiving the maximum benefits, check out our buyer’s guide, or just get it from Tenzo. Green tea and matcha are both delicious, healthy drinks, but we think it’s safe to say, matcha is the king of teas.