Green teas are one of the common and well-known teas in the world. Most of these famous teas are found in Asian countries such as China, Japan, Tibet, and others.
However, along with green teas is the Matcha tea that has created an impression in today’s generation. And, the debate was once again awakened of which is healthier between the two widely known teas.
Both have overflowing health benefits, but one of these two types of tea is ahead when it comes to healthy components. Which one do you think will win this match? Is it the Matcha or Green tea?
Place down your bet as we get started with the differences of these two beloved teas in terms of cultivation, production, and the brewing process to know which is healthier.
Matcha vs. Green Tea Cultivation
As you probably know, both green tea and matcha are from a similar tea plant Camellia Sinesis. Moreover, you should also know that matcha is actually one type of green tea. Yes, matcha is from green tea, but how come one of them is ahead from the other if they are just the same?
Well, it starts with the cultivation process of the plants. They are planted similarly, but they both differ when the harvesting season comes. Matcha bushes are shaded from the sun three weeks before it is harvested, making the leaves fresh, thin, and the vibrant color green.
On the other hand, other types of green teas are exposed to sunlight before harvesting. The leaves and stems are quickly processed soon after they were harvested to prevent losing their freshness. Moreover, the green tea leaves are exposed to firing to preserve the color pigment and taste.
At this point, matcha won the favor since, because of its cultivation process, leaves that are not exposed to the sun produced the healthy components abundantly, such as the L-theanine. Well, other types of green teas also have those vitamins, it is just not more abundant than matcha.
Matcha vs. Green tea Production
In producing great quality matcha, farmers hand-picked only the finest tea leaves, dried and de-stemmed afterward. The leaves are also manually ground that makes it into the best powdered green tea.
However, other types of green tea leaves are picked along with their stems, and they are processed in machinery. It does have benefits as well since it does not undergo oxidation like other types of tea such as the black and oolong tea, the vitamins and antioxidants on the leaves are preserved well.
So, in terms of production, both green teas and matcha are equal. We’ll know the winner on the next factor, which is the brewing method.
Matcha vs. Green Tea Brewing MethodSince matcha is powdered, it is mixed with water letting all the flavors, vitamins, caffeine, and fibers be consumed. It has the advantage of most loose-leaf green tea brewing because all the benefits coming from the tea leaves are transferred in our bodies.
Although brewing loose-leaf green teas still have benefits, most of the vitamins are still left on the leaves. However, one advantage of green tea from matcha is being less caffeinated because of its brewing process.
In conclusion, matcha could have been the winner since most of the health benefits in the tea are consumed, but we know for a fact that matcha is green tea. We’ll leave it for you to judge. Enjoy your tea.