Chances are you have been hearing a lot about matcha lately and chances are you are wondering just what makes this green tea different from the other green teas out there. Out of the variety of green teas available, matcha green tea is continuing to increase in popularity. Matcha is a powdered green tea that is known for all of its amazing health benefits. It is said that one cup of matcha equals 10 cups of green tea when it comes to antioxidant content. So if you’re looking for something healthy to drink, matcha is the way to go. However, there are more things about matcha than just its health benefits that make it stand out from the rest.
Here are a few differences that should be noted:
The tea leaves, that come from the Camellia Sinensis plant, are shade grown before harvesting and then processed as a green tea - removing stems and veins. Matcha is not a green tea bag or loose leaf. After harvesting, the tea leaves are stone ground to create a fine powder that is whisked into warm water to make a delicious cup of tea.
Unlike other green teas, when you are drinking matcha you are actually consuming the entire leaf, which explains why it is higher in antioxidants than the others. As mentioned above, matcha is a finely ground powder green tea, so the way you prepare is unique. It’s not something you just steep in a teapot and pour out. Instead, you dissolve the matcha in warm water completely to enjoy, using a bamboo or even electric whisk. You don’t have to worry about discarding your leaves afterwards because, remember, you are fully ingesting the matcha.
The colour of matcha green tea is vastly different from other green teas when prepared. If it is a great quality of matcha, it will be a vibrant green opposed to a greenish-yellow or light brown liquid when steeping other green teas.
You can’t forget about the taste! Of course all green teas taste different, but matcha has a unique taste that major matcha lovers go crazy for! When prepared traditionally, you can notice a smooth, creamy and delicious cup of green tea. A common word to also use when describing matcha green tea is umami.
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