Are Matcha Green Tea Bags as Good as Powder?
Updated: Nov 26, 2020
If you are passionate about Matcha Green Tea as we are, then you will know that Matcha normally comes in powder form, which determines How Matcha Tea Is Made.
However, you might have already seen Green Tea in bags advertised as Matcha Tea, such as these, which you can find on Amazon, but also in many supermarkets or health food stores.
Pukka Supreme Matcha Green Tea: https://amzn.to/2UMlgw7
Well, if you take a closer look at the ingredients you will see that only the smallest part of the ingredients in this tea bag are actually Matcha powder (only about 2%). There are, for example, Sencha leaves in the tea bag. Sencha and Matcha come from the same region and plant, but only Matcha is further processed as powder. Follow this link, if you want to find out more about where Matcha Powder comes from.
There are other brands advertising Matcha Green Tea Bags as well, but generally when tea bags are advertised as Matcha or "Matcha blend", the actual Matcha powder is oftentimes only found at the end of the ingredients list. The reason for this is that Matcha is a powder. While you can get genuine, good quality Premium Matcha or Ceremonial Matcha powder in sachets (which can be quite useful if you are not at home and still want to enjoy Matcha), you can´t really get 100% Matcha in tea bags.
If you had only powder and sold it in tea bags and the powder would then dissolve in the hot water, there will be nothing left in the bag. It therefore makes sense to sell Matcha in small sachets, but there simply are no tea bags with 100% Matcha powder. While the "Matcha blend" tea bags might still make a really good green tea, we find the description a bit confusing. It does not become very clear straight away that there is only a small percentage of Matcha powder in them. We think the term Matcha might have only been used to profit from the increasing popularity of Matcha tea. If you genuinely want to drink Matcha, then we think you should just go ahead and buy 100% powder, which is the traditional way of drinking Matcha. You should therefore avoid tea bags that only include a small percentage of Matcha powder.
Part of the Matcha experience is the way how you make Matcha and the tradition that surrounds Matcha. Matcha is a finely powdered green tea that is meant to be whisked with water. This is also how we recommend you enjoy your Matcha.
If you take a look at our Reviews and Top Lists sections, then you will find many Matcha products that we recommend for you to try. We also recommend some of the whisks that you can you when making your Matcha.
If you want to learn more about the Matcha Phenomenon, such as Matcha Powder, Ceremonial Matcha, Premium Matcha, or Organic Matcha, please check our Education section.