You may have noticed the popularity of matcha. According to Healthline, matcha offers many proven health benefits. For one, it’s rich in antioxidants, which can help prevent disease. Matcha may also protect your liver from damage, boost brain function, and reduce your risk of developing cancer and heart disease.
But what is the difference between matcha and green tea, exactly? Although both are derived from the same type of plant, matcha (meaning “powdered tea” in Japanese) is grown differently than other green teas (per Health). When grown for matcha, the tea bushes are protected from the sun with a shade cloth, which stimulates plant growth and results in “better flavor and texture”.
After harvest, the tea leaves are dried, aged and stone ground into a fine powder. Since you’re consuming the whole leaf when drinking matcha, be aware that matcha teas often contain more caffeine than a standard cup of green tea.
Pukka offers three different blends of organic green tea and matcha: Supreme Matcha Green, Lean Matcha Green and Pure Matcha Green. Matcha Green Supreme combines Sencha Green Tea, Pin Ho Wild Jade Green Tea, Indian Green Tea, and Matcha in one soothing (yet flavorful) experience. Lean Matcha Green contains Matcha, Oolong, Cinnamon, Ginger, and Fennel, while Clean Matcha Green combines Sencha Green Tea, Lemon Myrtle Leaf, and Licorice Root. Pukka is a carbon neutral company, provides sustainable packaging and donates 1% of profits to social and environmental causes.