Updated: May 26, 2022
Many people believe that they are the same thing, but even though matcha and green tea are derived from the same plant, they are actually two distinct beverages.
To start, green tea is grown in the sun, and matcha is grown in the shade. The shade increases the levels of chlorophyll in the tea leaves. You can see the difference in the leaves because they are much darker.
Green tea may be processed many different ways, but matcha leaves are destemmed/deveined and then steamed shortly after harvest. They are then ground into a fine, bright green powder.
When using matcha, the whole leaf is then consumed by mixing the powder with hot water. Green tea leaves are steeped in water and then the leaves are removed.
Because of the way it is grown, processed,
and prepared, matcha preserves a much higher level of antioxidants, polyphenols, and amino acids. This makes it an ideal choice for skin care because it brings a higher dose of benefits directly to the skin.
All of our Kitao Matcha products contain ECOCERT organic matcha proudly grown in Kyoto.