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Matcha vs Green Tea— What’s the Difference?

Many people believe that matcha and green tea is the same thing. Talk Boba is here to debunk this myth and let you know the real differences between matcha and green tea. There’s a whole lot so be prepared (but there’s also a lot of similarities too).

Matcha and green tea are both teas in their own respect but what makes them different is how they are processed and even how they taste, there’s a huge difference! We’ll dive into these things in depth here in this article so grab your favorite boba flavor and enjoy this read. (Personally I’m sipping on Vietnamese coffee with boba pearls right now).

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What is Matcha?

Matcha is exactly what you think it is, a green powdered tea that is extremely delicious!

It is often made from the Camellia sinensis plant that is also used to process green tea, oolong tea, black tea and more! (Bet you didn’t know that did you?) What makes this plant able to produce so many teas is how long it is processed for and the oxidation method it goes through. Learn more about the differences in the process between other popular teas like black teaoolong tea and jasmine tea here.

Matcha is typically plucked from the Camellia sinensis plant and then stone ground during its process to becoming a fine powder. You know, the vibrant (or dull) green powder that you see around cafes or even at your own home!

Matcha comes in 2 higher-level grades known as ceremonial matcha and culinary matcha. The differences between these two grades are the quality of the matcha and how it is used. Often ceremonial matcha is used to simply drink on its own with water, while culinary matcha is usually mixed in beverages like matcha milk tea or matcha lattes from your favorite café. Ceremonial matcha grades tend to have a taste on the sweeter side because it is processed with younger leaves. In contrast, the culinary matcha grade is processed with older or more adult leaves, giving it a bitter flavor profile. Both taste extremely good but with the bitterness in culinary matcha, it serves as the perfect balance for mixing it with milks and sweeteners.

What is Green Tea?

Green tea is just as popular as matcha is in many cafes around the world, here’s a little bit about green tea for you to sip through.

Green tea, just like matcha, is made from the same Camellia sinensis plant but it is not stone ground to make a fine powder. Instead, the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant are plucked and then used as loose-leaf tea. Here’s some of our favorite brands for loose leaf green tea if you’re interested in what we drink in our office. We’ve had a huge debate recently about these two brands: Vahdam and Numi, maybe you can help us decide which one is better.

In terms of taste, Green tea is a lighter tea than your very popular black teas and even matcha tea. Green tea being so light doesn’t have much of a bitter taste at all, but it does have that typical “tea” taste to it, if that makes sense. Green tea usually has a sweeter and more subtle flavor profile than your darker teas like oolong tea and black tea.

Matcha vs Green Tea

Now that you have some background information behind matcha and green tea, we’re sure that you can come up with similarities and differences yourself, but in case you want to see what we have to say, continue reading!


1) Both matcha and green tea are harvested and processed with the same plant. This plant is known as the Camellia sinensis plant. This plant is also popularly used to make oolong tea, black tea and even herbal teas. Let’s just say it’s very well known in the tea industry.

2) Both matcha and green tea tend to originate from the same locations. Most popularly coming from farms of Japan. (We want to visit some of the matcha farms here, they just look so incredible!)


1) The physical appearance and the processing of matcha tea and green tea are different. The highest quality of matcha powders are stone ground while green tea is not grounded at all. It is left in its natural state, the plucked leaves, and then processed accordingly.

2) The flavor profile of matcha and green tea are different. Though both teas are made from the same plant, they have a different taste to it. Generally matcha tea tastes more bitter because of its lengthy processing while green tea generally has a sweeter tone to it. Both teas have an underlying tea after taste similar to a lot of other teas.

3) When mixed in water, green tea and matcha have different color appearances. Green tea mixed with water will appear almost transparent with a slight green tone to it. When you mix water with matcha powder, it has a very rich and full green color to it. The main difference between the color appearances of these two teas is that matcha powder is more concentrated, being that it is grounded into a fine powder.

That’s all we have for this article, we hope this answered your questions about the differences between green tea and matcha. If you think we missed anything important about matcha vs green tea, please let us know here!

If you haven’t finished your boba cup yet, continue learning more about matcha here or green tea here. These two articles go further into the individual teas and why they’re so popular, especially in the boba industry.

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