Green tea leaves on a table vs matcha powder

Green Tea Vs Matcha

What is the difference between green tea and matcha? 

There are three main differences between green tea and matcha green tea. Firstly, matcha is a ground green tea; "ma" being ground and "cha" being tea. So when you drink a matcha latte or matcha tea you are drinking the whole tea leaf as opposed to steeping the leaf in water and drinking that. Secondly, high quality matcha is covered during the final stage of growing before harvest so that the leaves produce more chlorophyll, EGCG and the incredible amino acid, l-theanine (this is where that bright green comes from). Thirdly, whilst not a golden rule, matcha is traditionally produced in Japan, specifically the Nishio and Uji regions which are renowned throughout the world for producing the best quality matcha.

Does Green Tea Contain Caffeine?

Yes, unless decaffeinated, green tea will contain caffeine as it comes from the camellia sinensis (tea) plant.

How much Caffeine is in Green Tea?

For regular green tea roughly 30mg of caffeine per cup. However, this is entirely dependent upon the tea you use, as growing conditions impact the amount of caffeine that the camellia sinensis produces. Additionally, depending upon how long you steep your tea this will also impact the amount of caffeine that ends up in your cup.

How much Caffeine is in Matcha?

Per gram matcha contains around 75mg so roughly double the amount of a cup of regular green tea.

What’s the difference between green tea and regular black tea?

Both teas come from the same plant, the camellia sinensis. After the tea leaves are plucked, the leaves intended for green tea are heated by toasting the leaves to stop oxidation and fermentation. Black tea leaves are left to ferment and then dry giving them that deeper flavour.

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