Is there a real difference between the quality of drink you get from matcha tea bags vs. matcha powder? Are matcha tea bags as good as the powder when it comes to providing the nutrition that matcha is famous for?
These are real questions we often get asked from customers new to the world of matcha. So, we thought we would address all areas at once in this single article!
Read on to learn what are the real differences between matcha tea bags and matcha tea powder. Then you can decide which will work best for your needs.
The Difference Between Matcha Tea Bags & Matcha Powder
Matcha translates into “powdered-tea”. (Learn more about its production process in our article “Where does Matcha come from?”). By the very definition, Matcha is a powdered tea. Matcha powder consists of 100% of nutrition-packed leaves that have been harvested and processed laboriously into the familiar green powder we all know of. It takes 60 minutes to produce just 30g of matcha tea powder.
Matcha tea bags, on the other hand, are a blend mostly consisting of loose green tea leaves. They are referred to as Matcha tea bags because they are mixed with just 2% of pure matcha powder.
So what is the difference between matcha tea bags and matcha powder?
The real difference between matcha teabags and matcha powder is the actual matcha content. Matcha powder is 100% of pure matcha versus just 2% matcha tea powder content in matcah tea bags. What many people don’t realise is that the tea bags are mostly a blend of green tea.
Because of this many customers looking to include matcha tea in to their daily routine end up paying a premium for what is essentially normal green tea – also a great nutritious drink, but not as potent as matcha powder:
- Anti-oxidants levels: Matcha tea powder is 10 – 13 times more potent in antioxidant levels than green tea.
- Energy-boosting: Matcha contains 34mg of caffiene vs. green tea at 20mg
- Boost focus: Matcha contains 5 times for L-Theanine than standard green tea due to the shading of the matcha tea plant.
Benefits of Matcha Tea Bags
So why do people still choose to use Matcha tea bags? Here are some clear benefits over traditional matcha powder:
- It is a more convenient, quick, and easy way to prepare a drink.
- It is comparatively cheaper.
Top tip: If you value convenience and cost above all, go for pure green tea bags instead of their matcha counterparts. The 2% of matcha in a tea bag is not worth the extra cost.
Benefits of Matcha Powder
However, if you are looking to incorporate matcha into your diet for nutrition purposes, then the pure matcha powder form is the way to go!
- Nutritionally dense – from antioxidants to caffeine levels
- Incredible versatility – can be incorporated in little sprinkles in your cooking, smoothies, and more in your day-to-day life.
- The full umami taste profile that comes with pure matcha
- Experience the meditative traditional ceremonial process of brewing, mixing the drink
Are Matcha Tea Bags as Good as the Powder?
So, the next time you come across this question, you know, that it depends on what you are looking for as a drink.
Both have their own clear benefits – but in a nutshell, if you are looking for matcha, go straight for the true powdered form. Otherwise, you really are not getting the real deal!