Matcha & Sencha — How Are They Different?
Sencha and Matcha are both “Camellia Sinensis” and green tea, a non-fermented tea. (Black tea and Oolong tea are also “Camellia Sinensis.” Black tea is completely fermented and Oolong tea is partially fermented. The fermentation process decreases Catechins and EGCG, and increases Caffeine.) However, the nutrition in Sencha and Matcha is not the same.
Nutritional differences in Sencha and Matcha come from their growing environments:
|Quality Sencha green tea (loose leaf tea)||Sencha green tea powder||Matcha green tea powder|
|Color||dark green||dark green||bright green|
|Taste of tea / Feel on the tongue||uplifting, refreshing||smooth, refreshing, rich||smooth, savory “Umami”, creamy|
|Aftertaste of tea||astringent, nutty/fruity||slightly astringent||no pungent aftertaste|
Why does Sencha powder offer more Catechin antioxidants?
Sun exposure increases Catechin compound in green tea leaves, changing Theanine to Catechins.
Catechins, or EGCG, is a type of polyphenols, and it is believed to be responsible for green tea health benefits.
When entire tea leaves are consumed, even decaffeinated Sencha green tea powder offers higher amount of Catechins, or EGCG, than Matcha.
Edible Green® Sencha green tea powder, regular or water method decaffeinated, is the tea for you, when you would like to avoid Caffeine and would like to get the highest amount of Catechin antioxidants, or EGCG, naturally.
Matcha offers more “Calm Alertness”, which is the benefit of Matcha, a good balance of Caffeine and L-Theanine
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 serotonin. 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 EGCG and Catechins are much more than brewed tea, which makes Matcha a healthier choice. 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.