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Tea Wisdom

Japanese Sencha

Margaret Wack

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One of the most popular green teas in Japan, Sencha is a green tea with a rich, grassy taste that has earned it a following all over the world. Produced from the leaves of camellia sinensis tea plants from Shizuoka on the Fujiyama mountain slopes, our organic Japanese Sencha is carefully processed and slightly steamed before rolling and drying.

Like other green teas, Sencha is unoxidized, resulting in lower caffeine levels (about half that of black tea, and a quarter that of a cup of coffee.) Sencha has a rich aroma, a bright green colored leaf, and brews up a vibrant green-gold cup of tea.

Health Benefits

Like other green teas, Sencha is rich in beneficial properties. This tea is extremely high in antioxidants, while containing a relatively small amount of caffeine, making it a wonderfully balanced tea for those looking to explore green tea options. Sencha can also improve clarity and focus, and is the perfect accompaniment whether you’re just starting the day or need a little pick-me-up in the afternoon.

Sencha Preparation

Like other Japanese teas, Sencha is often traditionally brewed in tetsubin cast iron teapots, or small side-handle pots called kyusu. Sencha can also be prepared in a traditional western pot or cup.

Sencha is especially sensitive to water temperature and steep time, so it’s important to prepare it correctly in order to avoid a bitter, burnt taste. To brew a cup of Sencha, use 1 level teaspoon per 6 oz. water, and heat the water until briskly steaming, but not boiling. Steep for 1 to 2 minutes, being careful not to over-steep. This high quality green tea can be infused twice and it will still maintain a wonderful flavor!

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