Matcha vs green tea: what's the difference? The popularity surrounding matcha is increasing with every passing day – and it makes sense. The drink is a must-have for influencers and wellness gurus alike. It’s rich in nutrients and antioxidants; plus, it doesn’t hurt that matcha lattes are really pretty to look at. Ask yourself: how many matcha photos have you double-tapped on Instagram today?
But there's certainly more to them than a pretty square on your feed. Below, we explore the difference between matcha vs green tea, the benefits that come with Vital Proteins®' matcha products (collagen included!) and the caffeine content you'll get. Scroll on to get the sip, er, scoop!
Are Matcha and Green Tea The Same Thing?
If you’re wondering what the difference is between matcha vs green tea, the answer is simple. Matcha and green tea derive from the same tea leaves; but matcha bushes are kept in the shade in an effort to increase chlorophyll and amino acid levels, thereby increasing the health benefits it provides to drinkers. Matcha is finely ground into powder, while green tea isn’t. The former makes it easier for users to mix it into beverages and desserts.
Luckily, Vital Proteins users get to enjoy the health benefits of matcha with our Matcha Collagen, a powerhouse combination of Japanese-sourced matcha and our hydrolyzed Collagen Peptides. Plus, our Matcha Collagen Latte combines Japanese-sourced matcha with our hydrolyzed Collagen Peptides and coconut milk powder for a delicious and creamy treat!
A Quick Breakdown of Our Matcha Collagen & Matcha Collagen Latte
Our Matcha Collagen offers users 10g of collagen per serving. Antioxidants aside, matcha also contains L-theanine, an amino acid that provides an “alert calm” rather than a jolt and eventual crash, which can be the case with other morning beverages. Hello, new pick-me-up!
This green beverage also contains our Collagen Peptides, which are sourced from grass-fed, pasture-raised bovine hide in Brazil, and help to promote healthy hair, skin, nails and joints.** (Want to learn more? Explore our post on "what is collagen?")
And now for our Matcha Collagen Latte! Combining our jitter-less Matcha Collagen and our fan-favorite Collagen Creamers™ supplement (the coolest collagen BFFs around), this will quickly become your go-to if an easy-to-make, natural pick-me-up is what you’re after. Unlike our Matcha Collagen, our Matcha Collagen Latte (available in Matcha and Matcha Vanilla flavors) is one powder that only requires three steps to achieve the comforting taste and creamy texture of a matcha latte: pouring the powder into a mug, adding hot water and stirring – that’s it!
Does Matcha Green Tea Have More Caffeine Than Regular Green Tea?
Looking to get your caffeine fix? We hear you! When it comes to matcha vs green tea, you're in good hands with our Matcha Collagen, which contains 50mg of caffeine sourced from ingredient-grade matcha. Regular green tea typically contains between 30 and 50 mg of caffeine in an 8-ounce cup.