The most common Japanese green tea variety, Sencha offers a lively flavor, smooth body, and a fresh finish. Sencha is produced through a process of steaming and rubbing tea leaves harvested in the spring. When brewed, Sencha is an elegant, golden yellow.
Is This Your Tea?
Create Your Ritual to Calm
When you worry, you dwell on your difficulties. Try a cup of Sencha to connect with your present and achieve clarity and calm. Open up to the spirit of your tea preparation — the simple, step-by-step precision will help you focus on you.
- 01 Listen to the subtle sounds of the boiling water.
- 02 Watch how the water changes color when infused with the tea leaves.
- 03 Notice how your hands feel as the cup of Sencha warms them.
- 04 Experience the harmony of your senses as you savor Sencha’s complex taste and aroma.
How to Brew Sencha
Place 1 1/2 tablespoons into a tea strainer.
Boil 1 cup of water and let it cool for 2 minutes.
Pour water and steep for 90 seconds. Sip and enjoy the moment.
Place 3 tablespoons in a cold brew tea pitcher.
Add 8 cups of cold water.
Refrigerate for 3 to 6 hours. Pour a cup, sip and enjoy the moment.
*Please refer to the specific directions on your tea’s packaging for best results
Respecting the Leaf
How Sencha Is Produced
01 Sencha grows on a tea plantation in Japan
The leaves grow exposed to sunlight, resulting in higher levels of vitamin C and flavor-imparting tannins.
02 Sencha is harvested in the spring
The “first flush” is the first spring harvest of young Sencha leaves, considered as the highest quality and flavor.
03 Once Harvested, Sencha Leaves Are Steamed, Not Roasted
This is the step that differentiates Japanese Green Tea from others. Steaming leaves for 15-20 seconds within 12-20 hours after harvest prevent the oxidization process.
04 Steamed leaves are laid out to dry and then rolled
By rolling the leaves soon after drying, the leaves retain their natural green color, aroma, and nutritional elements.
05 Leaves are sorted and packaged
Leaves are categorized according to size and shape. They will be packaged as different Sencha types or blended with other varieties to create teas such as Bancha.
Did you know? There are many different types of Sencha tea, differentiated by the length of steaming time. These range from Asamushi Sencha, steamed for just 30 seconds, to Fukamushi Sencha, deeply steamed for three minutes.
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