Classic Green Tea, or Sencha (煎茶), is Japan’s most popular tea in which the tea leaves are steamed, kneaded, and dried immediately after harvest. Fully grown in the sun, Sencha has a large range of tastes and quality, but generally has a delicate, refreshing flavor with grassy notes. This tea is great for a quick eye-opener or served with Asian foods, after meals, or with sweets.
Brown Rice Green Tea, or Genmaicha (玄米), is made by mixing sencha or bancha with roasted brown rice. This green tea brews a light yellow hue and is mild to drink. As a matter of fact, this tea is a popular choice to blend with matcha for a bolder taste and color. Genmaicha has an aromatic fragrance of rice and subtle vegetal flavor with a hint of sweetness.
Roasted Green Tea, or Hojicha (焙じ茶), has a distinct nutty, toasty flavor and aroma. It is low in caffeine due to being roasted in a pan. This tea is known to be good for digestion and ideal for drinking after meals or during the evening, making it a popular choice among children and the elderly in Japan.
Shade Grown Green Tea — or Gyokuro (玉露), which means “jade dew”— is known as one of Japan’s finest teas. Once per year, the tea leaves are shaded from sunlight at least 20 days before harvest for a sweeter and less astringent tea. As a result, this tea very high in natural caffeine and tastes soft and mild with umami flavor. Gyokuro is considered rare, even in Japan.
Powdered Green Tea, or Matcha (抹茶), is made from tencha tea leaves that were steamed, dried, and then ground into fine powder. The powder remains in the drink and the tea is bright green with a rich vegetal taste that is astringent. Matcha is a popular on its own, in food and drinks, and in tea blends due to its impressive health benefits and lingering sweet aftertaste.
Buckwheat Tea, or Sobacha (そば茶), is made from roasted kernels of buckwheat. This caffeine-free herbal tea has a nutty, sweet flavor and brews a golden yellow liquor. Sobacha can be enjoyed both hot and cold. In Japan, it’s known for its extraordinary health benefits, such as lowering blood sugar levels and promoting good digestion and heart health.
Black Soybean Tea, or Kuromamecha (黒豆茶), is made from roasted black soybeans known for their anti-aging properties. This tea has a savory aroma and toasty taste with a light sweetness. Kuromamecha offers health benefits such as regulating blood sugar and lipid metabolism, which can aid weight loss in a healthy lifestyle. After drinking, consider eating the beans for extra fiber too!
Barley Tea, or Mugicha (麦茶), is brewed from roasted barley kernels. In Japan, it is popularly drank chilled during the hot and muggy summer season. Mugicha is a refreshing tea that has a roasted, toasty flavor with no caffeine or calories. It can also be enjoyed hot.
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Genmaicha or Roasted Brown Rice Green Tea has the aroma and subtle flavor of toasted rice