Difference between Matcha and green tea powder

Green tea is famously known as one of the most healthiest drinks on the planet largely due to its antioxidant compounds. Yet the health benefits pale in comparison to Matcha. It’s worth noting that normal green tea and Matcha both come from the Camellia Sinensis plant, yet it is said that drinking one cup of Matcha is equivalent to drinking ten cups of normal green tea. So what it is it that makes Matcha so special?

The answer lies mainly in the production process. While normal green tea is derived from any part of the bush and is kept in the sun for long periods of time, Matcha is meticulously grown under shade and is exposed systematically. This increases the chlorophyll and amino acids in the leaves which multiplies the health benefits exponentially. Matcha is also stone ground using a traditional stone mill which keeps it free from artificial colours and flavourings.

So just how does green tea uplift the organs of the human body? Let’s find out. The aqueous extracts of green tea polyphenols have shown to possess antimutagenic, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antidiabetic and hypocholesterolemic properties. Furthermore, green tea reduces body aches and pains, detoxifies the body and improves digestion. The combination of caffeine and L-theanine found in green tea improves brain function. The Caffeine also increases the metabolic rate which boosts the process of burning fat. The antioxidants are said to reduce the risk of developing cancer. Green tea prevents cardiovascular diseases and reduces bad cholesterol. The catechin which are present in green tea play a role  in reducing skin ailments such as acne and also enhancing dental hygiene. The health benefits associated with normal green tea are also applicable to Matcha. However, it is important to remember that Matcha is powdered green tea, but not all powder teas can be Matcha.

You may already be acquainted with normal green tea. Whether you’re a big fan or not, we recommend that you try Matcha. Matcha has a unique full bodied and vegetal taste. The aroma is sweet, fresh and grassy which adds further charm. It is very versatile as it is also used to create delicious smoothies and desserts. Are you looking to experience Matcha for the first time? Our tea sommelier has sourced a ceremonial Matcha from the Nishio region, Aichi prefecture in Japan. It has specially been handpicked to suit the Indian palate. You can browse our Matcha collection here.




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