Sencha is the most popular tea in Japan, comprising nearly 80% of all Japanese-manufactured tea. It perfectly balances the natural sweetness and astringency of the tea leaves, and is famous for its pleasant aroma. To create sencha, tea leaves are picked, steamed, and then rubbed while drying. Ideally the tea will appear a greenish gold when poured in a tea cup.
One of the joys of sencha is the ability of the tea to take on different flavors depending on the heat of the water used to make it. Sencha made with warm water produces a hearty, round flavor, while sencha made with hot water provides a bolder more bitter taste. As sencha contains caffeine, we recommend a cup of sencha to get you started first thing in the morning.