Matcha and Green Tea
Matcha and Green Tea.
Which do you like better?
Hi. I’m Yukako who lives in the northern part of Europe, and teaches and tells people about Japanese traditional culture such as tea ceremony, kimono, etc. offline and online.
More and more people know about good aspects of green teas. There are various green teas coming up! Also, matcha is getting to be known widely as a healthy product! But, have you ever thought about difference between matcha and green tea?
How different between Matcha and Green tea?
Matcha is a tea which is used for a tea ceremony. It’s a tea powder. The leaves are smashed into powder. We melt these powder in the hot water and drink all leaves. There are “usu-cha” and “koi-cha”. The “usu-cha” means a thin tea, but the “koi-cha” is a thick tea. It needs much more tea powder used to make a thick tea, and it looks like a green muddy tea. The “usu-cha” is more popular and famous among most people. On the other hand, a green tea is what you infuse from green leaves. It is also known as a name of “Sencha”. In China, there are various types of green teas such as jasmine, etc. We drink only one type of green tea.
Both of Matcha and green tea are known to be rich in catechins, betacarotene, Vitamin Bs, Vitamin E, niacin, and a dietary fiber. It’s also rich in vitamin C, but that is really weak against heat, so I’m not sure if it’s survive after infusing with hot water.
So, today I briefly introduced matcha and green tea.
I hope it helps you to get more knowledge about Japanese culture!