Match and green tea are enjoyed by many people, and the flavour has increased in popularity through its use in desserts, but they are often mistaken as being the same thing. The are both made of the same type of tea pant, but the key difference between the two is that matcha has been ground up into powder, and is therefore more concentrated than green tea. Green tea involves the tea leaves brewing in hot water, and tastes a lot more bitter than matcha, which is mixed into either water milk and has a smoother flavour.
Both green tea and matcha contains caffeine, so it’s not a good idea to drink them on an empty stomach as it can make you feel queasy, and you also shouldn’t drink it at night just before bed as the caffeine can interrupt your sleep. Buddhist monks drink matcha as it helps them with concentration for meditation, and the caffeine stops them from losing focus and becoming drowsy. My favourite time to have green tea is an hour after dinner; I leave enough time for my stomach to digest, and drink a small cup to keep me going until it’s time for bed.
Matcha can be used in many ways; I’d love to do some classes on different foods that utilise this historical ingredient! I love matcha roll cake! What’s your favourite matcha or green tea flavoured food/drink?