Japanese tea Sencha

Sencha is the most popular Japanese tea. It has a number of varieties and types.

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Below are some basic information about the Sencha tea.

1. What is Sencha?

Sencha is the most popular Japanese tea type. It has a number of varieties and types. In contrast to Gyokuro and Matcha, Sencha leaves ripen in the sun. After harvesting, they are subjected to steaming and drying process, which preserves the advantages of their color and taste.

Quality of Sencha depends on its origin, but also on when was it harvested. There are up to four harvests per year. Top rated Sencha leaves come frrom the first harvest - that is, those that have survived the winter hibernating and grew green early in the spring.

2. Types of Sencha

Jô Sencha (上 煎茶) - Sencha of the highest quality

Toku Jô Sencha (特 上 煎茶) - Sencha of a very high quality

Hachijuhachiya Sencha (八 十八 夜) - Sencha, which was collected after 88 days from the beginning of spring (risshun)

Kabus Sencha / Kabusecha (か ぶ せ 茶) - Sencha of which the bushes have been shaded for about a week before harvest - it's more delicate and sweeter in taste

Asamushi (浅 蒸 し) - Sencha whose leaves have undergone a short steaming to keep its flavor, aroma and nutritional values

Fukamushi / fukamushicha (深 蒸 し) - Sencha which was steamed longer - forr about 1-2 minutes

Shincha (新 茶) / Ichibancha (一番 茶) - Sencha collected during the first tea harvest of the year

3. Brewing Sencha

Sencha is brewed with water at 80° C for about 1 minute. For one glass of water use just about 2 teaspoons of tea. The best brew directly before serving. The same leaves can be used 2-3 times shortening the brewing time. The result will each time be a little more delicate in flavor and aroma. To make sure that the second and the third brew is not bitter be carefull not to leave the residual leaves in water.

4. Nutritional values of Sencha

Sencha, as well as tea types considered more noble - eg. Matcha, contains a wealth of ingredients that work extremely favorably to your health.

In the first place it is worth mentioning that one of its biggest strengths is the high content of vitamin C - it's much higher than any other Japanese green tea.

High grade Sencha tea also contains more tannin than Gyokuro and Matcha. This substance has anti-cancer properties. (Margaret Pleszczyńska, Janusz Szczodrak. Tannins and their enzymatic degradation. "Biotechnology." 1 (68), pp. 152-165, 2005 for Wikipedia.) Sencha also contains a large dose of minerals, including potassium, although the above-mentioned noble types contain a little bit more. Also Sencha contains less theanine - a suubstance which has a calming effect, reducing stress, anxiety and mood stabilizing.

For people who drink a lot of tea may be significant that the Sencha contains an average amount of caffeine.

It is estimated that 80% of the tea drank in Japan is Sencha.

Sencha w MidoriGreen

In MidogriGreen we sell only the best Japanese Sencha tea, which comes from the Shizuoka prefecture.

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