When I was 19, I lived in Tokyo for a few months, and found green tea to be bitter and unappealing, but stumbled across ‘sencha green’, and haven’t looked back! I chose this luxuriously smooth Japanese sencha for its wonderfully fresh, grassy notes and light, delicate flavour.
Sencha green tea.
Sencha Green Tea
In Japan, sencha tea has its own special tea ceremony, called senchado – ‘the way of Sencha’.
how to enjoy our tea
Infuse for 2-5 minutes, and enjoy hot or cold at any time of day. Like all green sencha teas, it can be reinfused to make a second cup.
Make this tea with the kettle just under boiling point.
Green sencha tea in Japanese culture
Sencha tea has its own special tea ceremony called the senchado. While the traditional Japanese tea ceremony uses powered green tea or matcha, and is a formal affair, the senchado uses sencha loose leaf green tea, and is much more relaxed.
The sencha tea ceremony dates back to the Ming dynasty in the mid 17th century, and was introduced to Japan from China. It became popular as a symbolic rebellion against the formal tea ceremony favoured by the Japanese ruling classes.
More and more ordinary people adopted the sencha style of tea drinking, which was ideal for informally sharing a cup of tea with friends and family. This paved the way for today’s modern style of brewing and drinking tea.
Senchado means “the way of sencha”. In Japan today, being invited to “drink sencha” means the equivalent of invited for a tea or coffee.
Usually, green sencha green tea is drunk in small cups. Two cups are traditionally enjoyed – the first sweeter, the second slightly bitter.
medical herb Research
Here’s an overview of the many uses of green tea for health and wellness.
Drinking our tea is not a substitute for seeing a doctor.