What’s the difference between mate and matcha; are they the same? We're asked this all the time!
The short answer is nope!
Continue reading for the longer answer :)
Although both have beneficial health properties, they’re unique in their own right. Let us clear up the confusion for you!
Mate is pronounced “mah-teh”. You may also know mate as yerba mate.
Matcha is pronounced “ma-cha”.
Where do both teas come from?
Mate was discovered in South America.
Matcha was brought to Japan from China by Buddhist Monk Eisai.
How are both grown?
Mate derives from an evergreen holly, llex paraguarensis plant. The leaves are dried and easily broken.
Matcha is birthed from the Camellia Sinensis plant. The leaves are shaded prior to harvest, dried and ground into a fine powder for consumption.
Mate is prepared by steeping the leaves in 4-8oz of hot water and sipped from a metal straw* or consumed from a mug.
*According to this study, excessive consumption of mate from a metal straw could lead to lung and oral cancers.
Matcha is prepared by adding a teaspoon of matcha to 2-3oz of hot water, whisked and enjoyed from a bowl. See the process here.
Both teas have similar benefits
- Vitamin C, Zinc and Potassium
- Lower cholesterol
But matcha slightly outshines mate:
Although mate and matcha both contain 15-20 amino acids, mate doesn’t contain L-Theanine which is a property of matcha that promotes calm alertness.
Mate does not contain catechins which are responsible for fighting bacteria, infections, boosting metabolism, lowering blood sugar and promoting weight loss. Matcha contains all of these properties. Additionally, matcha contains more caffeine and doesn't cause the jitters or crash.