Difference between Instant Green Tea and Powdered Green Tea

Difference between Instant Green Tea and Powdered Green Tea

Instant Green Tea and Green Tea Powder

We sometimes get the question what is the difference between instant green tea and green tea powder. They are VERY different: the production method, ingredients, taste, how it dissolves in water, etc. Since these two are totally different things, I thought it will be important to share what the difference are and have a deeper understanding of what you are drinking.


1. Production Method

  • Instant teas are once brewed and extracted into liquid form. Then it is made into a concentrate and dried into powder form.
  • Powdered green teas are simply loose leaf teas that are grounded into fine powder. Ceremonial grade matcha uses traditional stone mill to make the fine ground powder.

2. Health Benefits

Instant teas are once put into liquid form and the amount of nutrients is said to be the same as the brewed green tea. On the other hand, green tea powder is simply fine powder of loose leaf teas that you can take in the nutrients of the whole leaf. It is said the nutrients and health substance in  brewed tea is one third of the green tea powder.

3. Solubility

The good part of instant green tea is that it will immediately dissolve in water with no sediment. On the other hand, green tea powder will not dissolve in tea as well as instant green tea. Since it is pure tea leaf with no additives it is likely to have some sediments.

4. Ingredients

Instant teas will include preservatives such as maltodextrin, citric acid, etc to make it easier to dissolve in water. As mentioned, green tea powder will not have any additives or preservatives, just simply tea leaf for the ingredient.

I have put together an info-graphic, hope you can see the difference from the following:

Hope you now have a better understanding about the teas!

Just to mention, our green tea powder that are sold in our store all have no preservatives, additives, or anything. Please visit our Organic Green Tea Store!

Thank you 

Back to blog