Matcha vs. Green Tea
Matcha and green tea are both popular beverages and share many similarities, but there are some key differences.
Appearance and Preparation
Matcha is a fine powder made from ground up green tea leaves. To prepare matcha, you usually whisk the powder with hot water until it’s frothy. Green tea is sold in leaves or prepackaged tea bags. To make green tea, you steep the leaves in hot water.
Matcha has more antioxidants and amino acids, including EGCG, than green tea. It also has higher levels of caffeine than green tea.
Matcha has a grassy, vegetal flavor and can be bitter. Green tea has a more subtle flavor and is typically less bitter than matcha.
Matcha is often used in traditional Japanese tea ceremonies and as an ingredient in various food and beverage recipes. Green tea is also used in various recipes as a flavoring, but not usually as a main ingredient.
Matcha and green tea are similar in many ways but have some key differences. Matcha is a powdered form of green tea and has higher levels of antioxidants and caffeine. It also has a stronger flavor than green tea. Matcha is most often used in tea ceremonies and various food and beverage recipes, whereas green tea is mainly used for its flavor in recipes.