When looking for a good source of caffeine, many turn to one of two popular beverages: coffee or matcha. Both are delicious ways to get a quick boost of energy, and can be enjoyed in their most basic forms or with a seemingly infinite amount of add-ons and modifications.
However, the two beverages have a number of differences which make them unique in and of themselves. Coffee is naturally a bean, while matcha is a tea leaf, but the differences don’t just stop there.
While we all know coffee is a highly-caffeinated bean coming in one of two varieties, Arabica and Robusta, matcha differs greatly. Matcha is made using green tea leaves from the Camellia sinensis plant. This provides matcha with a strong botanical flavor, rather than the acidic, nuttier flavor commonly found in coffee.
Like coffee, matcha comes in two varieties: ceremonial grade and culinary grade. However, unlike coffee, the distinction between the two varieties lies primarily in how the tea leaves are processed rather than the origin or variety of the tea leaves themselves. Ceremonial grade matcha, which is considered to be the best quality matcha available, is made using a granite stone hand grinder and is used in traditional tea ceremonies, while culinary grade matcha is generally ground using a machine grinder and is used as an ingredient in cooking.
What makes matcha different from other types of tea is mainly the fact that matcha comes in the form of a powder rather than as tea leaves in a tea bag. Likewise, matcha offers more antioxidants than regular tea, and has significantly more caffeine than does green tea.
That all said, coffee and matcha both provide a means of getting an energy boost, as both are highly caffeinated and delicious in their own ways. If you’re looking to taste the best of both worlds, Omni Bev’s Coconut Matcha Plant-Based Cold Brew Coffee has got you covered. The highly-caffeinated, ready-to-drink cold brew combines smooth coconut milk, premium Ceremonial Grade Japanese matcha, and delicious cold brew coffee to make the perfect pick-me-up for any occasion at home or on-the-go.