煎茶と抹茶の5つの違い

Five differences between sencha and matcha

 


"Sencha" and "Matcha" are drinks that are familiar to Japanese people. Both are green teas, but as you know, the difference in taste is clear. What is the difference between the two?

This time, I will briefly introduce the main differences between Sencha green tea and Matcha green tea.

 

5 differences

There are five major differences between sencha and matcha.

 

Difference ①: Cultivation method

One of the differences between sencha and matcha lies in the cultivation method.

Sencha is cultivated in the sunlight, and matcha is cultivated in the shade. The shade is not a natural shade, but it is actually cultivated by covering the sheet so that it is not exposed to sunlight.

For example, matcha is like moss. Most of the moss is dark green, isn't it? Similarly, matcha grown in the shade has a darker green color than sencha grown in the sunlight.

The taste and ingredients that will be explained later will change depending on the difference in this cultivation method.

 

Difference (2): Processing

Matcha is made by mashing dried tea leaves at the end. Therefore, the finished product is in powder form.

When drinking, sencha is drunk by extracting the taste with hot water, but matcha is also drunk with powder. Therefore, matcha has a stronger taste with less tea leaves.

 

Difference ③: Taste

Needless to say, the two tastes are different when you make tea and drink it.

Looking at the taste, matcha is creamy and delicious, while sencha has a bitter taste. However, the aftertaste is cleaner with sencha, and matcha remains in your mouth forever.

 

Difference ④: Caffeine and theanine

One of the differences in ingredients is caffeine and theanine.

Matcha is grown in the shade, so the leaves contain more caffeine. In addition, it is also characterized by an increase in theanine, which has a relaxing effect.

Therefore, matcha has a more relaxing effect, and because it contains a lot of caffeine, it makes your head feel refreshed. When you want to take a break in the morning, matcha is better because it also has the effect of awakening drowsiness.

 

Difference ⑤: Catechin

The final difference is the catechins contained in green tea.

Unlike caffeine, catechin contains more catechins grown in sunlight. In other words, sencha has more catechins.

Catechin is said to be effective against lifestyle-related diseases such as diabetes and high cholesterol levels. Sencha is recommended when you want to be careful about your health.

 

summary

The differences between the two are summarized below.

Sencha Matcha
Cultivation method Sunlight Do not expose to sunlight
Processing leaf pink
taste It has a bitter taste, but the aftertaste is refreshing. Umami and creamy
Caffeine and theanine few many
Catechin many few

 

When deciding which of these two to drink, when choosing according to taste preference, bitterness and umami will be the criteria, and it will be a matter of individual taste.

However, if you decide on the ingredients and purpose, matcha is used when you want to get a relaxing effect or when you want to refresh your head, and sencha is used when you want to maintain good health.

 

This time, I thought about sencha and matcha, but there are many types in each.

Decide on the purpose and taste and find a delicious tea that suits you.