They're both teas, but how do matcha and kombucha differ? When should you drink what? Find out below:
What is it?
Kombucha: Fermented, slightly sweetened green or black tea with a bit of fizz.
Matcha: The steamed, dried, and finely ground leaves of the Camellia Sinensis plant, a variety of green tea.
Where does it come from?
Kombucha: China, around 221 BC—known as the “tea of immortality”
Matcha: China, but popularized in Japan in 1191 by Zen Buddhist monk Myoan Eisai
How is it made?
Kombucha: By adding brewed tea, sugar, and SCOBY (symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast) together in a sealed jar, letting the mixture ferment over varying periods of time.
Matcha: Mixing one scoop of fine matcha powder with 3oz. of hot or cold water, whisking the two together until combined.
How do you drink it?
Kombucha: Chilled, possibly sweetened or flavored.
Matcha: Hot or cold, with milk and sweetener to taste, but not limited to drinking—matcha has a variety of delicious culinary uses as well!
What’s so great about it?
Kombucha: Antioxidants, vitamin B, probiotics and enzymes, and low calorie (around 30 for every 8oz.).
Matcha: Antioxidants, vitamins A, B, C, E and K, and calorie free!
Kombucha: No studies have been done on the health benefits of kombucha. However, WebMD says,"Kombucha’s popularity is in part due to the probiotic content of good-for-you bacteria that studies show can benefit digestion and boost immunity. In order to maintain the probiotic benefits, the tea must not be pasteurized, which also increases the risk of contamination."
Matcha: You know the drill .. matcha supports metabolism, controls blood sugar, lowers cholesterol, fights inflammation, and regenerates and cleanses the body at the molecular and cellular levels. Because PANATEA only uses the best matcha from Japan, the high quality of our Ceremonial Grade Matcha and Instant Matcha means more health benefits!
Kombucha: Yes, but less than the tea used to make it—so anywhere from 2-25 mg, along with trace amounts of alcohol, a natural side effect of fermentation.
Matcha: Yes, about 34 mg of caffeine per 3oz serving, which, along with L-theanine, produces a calm alertness—no coffee jitters here!