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Japan is well known for its Green Tea production. There are several regions that produce tea, Uji, Kagoshima and Shizuoka being the main ones. There are also a variety of tea production methods, which give the teas their names.
Types of Tea from Japan
Matcha means “fine powder tea” and is unusual in the fact that the leaves are ground into powder and when brewed the whole lot is consumed. Matcha Tea is used in the traditional Japanese tea ceremony, you may have heard it known as Matcha Green Tea Powder, and is a tea produced en masse in Japan.
The most popular Japanese tea, Sencha tea translates to “roasted tea”. The tea leaves were originally pan roasted but the leaves are steamed in modern production methods, why not try Cherry Green Tea or even our Kakagawa Sencha Green Tea.
This highly regarded Green Tea only uses the first flush leaves and is shaded from direct sunlight for 20 days before being picked giving Gyokuro its distinct sweet and fresh flavour, see our Gyokuru Asahi Organic Green Tea and our Gyokuru Asahi Green Tea. Barley tea is another type of tea which is popular in Asian regions like Japan.
Bancha is a lower grade of tea that is made from the leaves discarded from Sencha production. Although not as refined as Sencha, Bancha is still very popular due to its strong flavour. Japanese green tea has long been used as an herbal remedy and is said to help aid weight loss and lower the risk of heart disease, read about the Health Benefits of Green Tea. All these teas have very different flavours depending on the region the leaves were grown and the way in which they were processed. Although not as well known for their black tea and white teas, the Japanese do produce these in fewer quantities.
We import a large selection of Japanese teas into the UK, some of our favourites include our Sencha Genmai Cha (green tea with roasted brown rice) and our matcha green tea.