Oct 15, 2018
Are Green Tea Powder and Matcha the Same ?
Both matcha and green tea are derived from the same plant called Camellia Sinensis. While green tea leaves usually come in the form of a tea bag, matcha is in powder form. Matcha is actually 100% green tea leaves that have been ground into a fine powder. It is much more concentrated than regular green tea, so you only need ½ to 1 teaspoon per cup. In comparison to regular green tea, when drinking matcha, you consume the whole tea leaf.
Regular green tea also goes through a much longer processing during production, which involves the leaves being left in the sun. Comparatively, matcha bushes are kept specifically under cover to increase the chlorophyll and amino acid levels in the leaves.
In terms of taste, they both have a slightly grassy undertones. However, matcha has a much richer, more buttery flavour.