Though matcha tea and green tea come from the same plant, they are quite different beverages. Their differences start with how the plant is cultivated. For green tea the plant is grown in the sun, whereas plants to be processed into matcha powder are grown in the shade. The teas are also processed differently with green tea dried by a variety of methods whereas for matcha the leaves are steamed, then ground into a fine powder. While the two beverages stem from the same plant both preparation provide a different flavor profile.
- Matcha tea is usually more rich and green tea tends to be a bit more light and delicate flavor wise.
- Green tea is grown with sunlight and matcha tea is grown weeks before the final harvest of the season.
- Matcha tea is made via mixing matcha powder with hot water while green tea is just hot water poured over a green tea bag or green tea leaves.
“Matcha and green tea have different flavor profiles, cultivation and preparation methods, and even health benefits.”