Zeahra wrote:Yes, there is a difference. One cup of Matcha equals 10 to 12 cups of regular green tea in antioxidant value. Matcha has a higher caffeine content because you are [b]ingesting the whole leaf.
Zeahra, I suspect you aren't taking into consideration how little matcha there is in a sencha/matcha blend.
Matcha, for all the reasons you pointed out, is a lot more expensive then sencha. When drinking tea made only with matcha, most of us will detect a noticeable buzz. This isn't necessarily the case with most sencha/matcha blends.
The amount of matcha used in a sencha/matcha tea is very small. It coats the sencha leaves in a film of green dust and gives a little more intensity to the taste and colour of the tea. If you make several cups of tea from the same measure of tea-leaves most of the matcha will have dissolved into the first two cups.
This means that if you were to prepare matcha/sencha tea twice a day you might as well have (at least) three cups from each pot/gaiwan of tea... effectively 6 cups of tea. The difference in how much matcha you would get from three cups from the same pot/gaiwan instead of one would be miniscule.
Saying all that, I'm not sure why you would be so keen on sencha/matcha anyway.
I buy it very cheaply in Japan (I particularly like the oi-cha brand from ito-en) and use it in the office as I rarely have the opportunity to have more than 2 brews from the same pot. I also particularly like sencha/matcha for making large quantities of cold green tea.
To be honest, matcha mixed with sencha usually means that the sencha leaves are of inferior quality and the matcha serves to disguise this.
(Just so you know this isn't just a personal opinion I've found a quote here:
http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/ ... 215a1.html
"Matcha is often added to poor-quality sencha to give it a green color")
Also, matcha goes off much more quickly then sencha does (or should do!). It's not a very good tea to buy in bulk.
I do, however, think you might be overly concerned. You would probably have to brew up a whole (or half of a) pack of sencha/matcha blend at once in order to drink the same amount of matcha used in one cup of matcha tea.