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GREEN MATCHA VS BLUE MATCHA

We often get asked “what is the difference between the original Matcha Ninja and Blue Ninja aka “blue matcha”?”

In today’s post we will share what makes these two teas so unique and some of the ways they are similar.

To begin, let’s break down what matcha means.

WHAT IS MATCHA?

blue matcha vs green matcha

 

Matcha is a Japanese word— “ma” meaning rubbed or ground and “cha” meaning tea. Generally when you hear the word matcha, you think of ground green tea leaves as matcha is most commonly associated with. Despite the green tea association, matcha at its root means “ground tea”.

What is the difference between blue and green matcha?

The biggest fundamental difference is that green matcha and blue matcha are two entirely different plants.

Matcha Ninja (green) comes from the tea plant, called the camilia sinsnus. The material exclusively used for making matcha is a green tea leaf called tencha. 

Blue Matcha is actually made from blue butterfly pea flowers. The flowers are dried and ground into a fine blue powder, this is what Blue Ninja is made up entirely of.

Blue Ninja and Matcha Ninja are both ground teas, they just come from different plants.

TASTE DIFFERENCE

When it comes to taste, the two teas are very different— one thing in common being that they are both smooth and delicious.

Matcha Ninja has a strong green tea taste. It is more grassy and earthy with a touch of natural sweetness. For some, matcha can have more of an acquired taste that you grow to enjoy more and more over time.

Blue Ninja is subtle, light and more floral tasting. It’s easy to like right off the bat and has a versatile flavour that can easily be incorporated into smoothies, baking and cooking.

DIFFERENT HEALTH + USE BENEFITS
Matcha Ninja Blue Ninja
  • contains caffeine— provides a natural energy boost while keeping you alert yet calm

  • 3x the antioxidants of the highest quality green tea

  • helps you burn fat faster

  • helps improve memory and focus

  • reduces oxidative stress and protects cells

  • anti-inflammatory + anti-aging properties

  • has immune supportive properties

  • adds a distinct flavour + green shade to smoothies and baked goods

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  • caffeine-free— does not stimulate in anyway.

  • used in Ancient Medicine to help calm down an overactive nervous system, reduce anxiety, and help relax the body

  • is said to boost cognitive function

  • is said to support and enhance memory

  • beautifying for hair, skin and nails

  • anti-inflammatory + anti-aging

  • a good source of antioxidants

  • a wonderful natural blue or purple food colouring

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blue and green matcha

QUALITY

When it comes to quality, both our Matcha Ninja and Blue Ninja teas are organically and sustainably grown in pristine environments.
Each batch is third party tested to ensure it’s free of heavy metals, radiation and pesticides. Click here to learn more about our quality standards and sourcing.

PREPARATION

When it comes to preparing Matcha Ninja and Blue Ninja, there is little to no difference when it comes to preparation. They both can be brewed hot or cold by just adding 1/4 a tsp to 1 cup of water (can add more or less to taste). Both Blue and Matcha Ninja taste wonderful on their own or in various different latte forms. Click here for our classic matcha latte recipe.

Conclusion

Though these two teas have lots in common when it comes to outstanding quality, delicious flavours, preparation and the numerous health benefits— our conclusion is that both have a special place in our cupboard (and hearts)! The original Matcha Ninja is a perfect way to start your day with calm and focused energy while Blue Ninja is the perfect evening sipper to help calm and nourish at the end of the day. Both will find their way into your regular tea rotation for a variety of reasons—somedays just for the colour alone.

Happy sipping, Ninjas!

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