Sencha and Matcha -- how different?

Sencha and Matcha are both "Camellia Sinensis" and green tea, a non-fermented tea.  (Black tea is also "Camellia Sinensis" and completely fermented.)  However, the nutrition in Sencha and Matcha is not the same. 

 

Nutritional differences in Sencha and Matcha come from their growing environments:    

Sencha: grown in full sun

Matcha: grown in shade

sencha green tea field  
matcha tea field

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Sencha green tea powder Matcha green tea powder
Color dark green bright green
Taste of tea / Feel on the tongue refreshing creamy
Aftertaste of tea astringent no pungent aftertaste

 

Sencha (brewed) Sencha Powder Matcha

sencha green tea (brewed)

 Sencha can be found as loose tea leaf or tea bag.  Both are to be brewed, and the tea leaves are thrown away.

Tastes more astringent than green tea made with Sencha green tea powder. 

 Find why green tea powder is better for your health.

 

 

 

 

 

 

sencha green tea powder tea

Sencha powder allows you to consume the whole tea leaf when you drink the tea.

Choose fine powder with dark green and fresh grassy scent.

Powder is dark green.  Tea made with Sencha powder has dark green color.

Top quality Sencha powder tea tastes smooth with slight astringent aftertaste.

In a gram to gram comparison, Sencha powder contains more antioxidants than matcha.

 

 

matcha green tea powder tea

Matcha allows you to consume the whole tea leaf when you drink the tea. 

Choose fine powder with bright green and fresh grassy scent.

Powder is bright green.  Tea made with Matcha has jade green color.

Top quality matcha tea tastes smooth with creamy feeling on the tongue.  No pungent aftertaste.

Matcha contains more caffeine and more L-theanine, natural relaxant than Sencha powder.

 

 

Why does Sencha powder offer more Catechin antioxidants?

Because sun exposure increases Catechin compound in green tea leaves.

The more sunlight, the more Catechin antioxidants.

Catechins, or EGCG, is a type of polyphenols, and it is believed to be responsible for green tea health benefits. 

Sencha green tea leaves have more Catechins, or EGCG, than Matcha, because sun exposure increases Catechins in the tea leaves, changing Theanine to Catechins. 

When entire tea leaves are consumed, even decaffeinated Sencha green tea powder offers higher amount of Catechins, or EGCG, than Matcha.

Choose Edible Green® Sencha green tea powder, regular or water method decaffeinated, when you would like to avoid Caffeine and would like to get the highest amount of Catechin antioxidants, or EGCG, naturally.

 

Matcha offers more Caffeine and more L-theanine.  What benefits does a good balance of caffeine and L-theanine bring?

When the sun exposure is less, tea leaves contain more Caffeine and L-theanine. L-theanine is a natural relaxant and is found almost exclusively in green tea.  L-theanine stimulates the production of alpha waves in the brain, and is associated with relaxation and mental alertness, as well as influencing dopamine and serotonine.  Unlike other calming agents, L-theanine doesn't cause drowsiness. Grown in shade, Matcha offers more Caffeine and more L-theanine than any other type of green tea.  The good balance of Caffeine and L-theanine allows Matcha to generate steady energy without the jitters or crash associated with caffeine in coffee and other "energy" drinks. 

Although Matcha contains less Catechin antioxidants compared to Sencha powder, Matcha provides much more Catechin than brewed tea and healthier choice, because you will consuming entire green tea leaf in fine powder form.  When you need a strong energy boost, and would like to gain steady, calm alertness in addition to green tea health benefits, you will love Matcha.

 

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Disclaimer: The statement has not been evaluated by the FDA. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any diseases.