|Country of Origin|
|Delicious green tea character with notes of toast, a haunting finish.|
|Light pale and clear.|
|Luxury green tea.|
|Tea has always had a place in Japanese life. It has been used to show respect to honored guests, as a medicinal drink to aid digestion after meals, and in the tea ceremony. Japanese green tea contains vitamins C, B1, B2, Niacin, Caffeine, Amino Acids and many more nutrients.|
Bancha or Sencha are the everyday green tea drinks of Japan. Bancha tea leaves are generally plucked after the new season and tend to be somewhat coarse, giving the tea its unique character and visual appearance. The resulting tea generally contains less caffeine or tannin than the finer grades of Japanese tea. Also the cup tends to be somewhat milder.
Hot tea brewing method: When preparing by the cup, this tea can be used repeatedly, about 3 times. The secret is to use water that is about 180F or 90C. Place 1 teaspoon in your cup and let the tea steep for about 3 minutes. Begin enjoying a cup of enchantment but do not remove the leaves from the cup. Once the water level is low, add more water, and repeat until the flavor of the tea is exhausted.
Alternatively, as with all quality teas, scoop 2-4 teaspoons of tea into the teapot and pour in boiling water that has been freshly drawn. Steep for 2-4 minutes to taste, stir, and pour into your cup but do not add milk or sugar since green tea is enjoyed straight-up.
Iced tea-brewing method (to make 1 qt): Scoop 6 teaspoons of tea into a teapot or heat-resistant pitcher. Pour 1 1/4 cups of freshly boiled water over the tea. Steep for 5 minutes. Quarter fill a serving pitcher with cold water. Pour the tea into your serving pitcher, straining the leaves. Add ice and top off the pitcher with cold water. Garnish and sweeten to taste. A rule of thumb when preparing fresh brewed iced tea is to double the strength of hot tea since it will be poured over ice and diluted with cold water. Please note that this tea may tend to be cloudy or milky when poured over ice.
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