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Japanese Teas

Japanese Teas

The Book of Tea, written by Zen priest Eisai in 1191, discusses green tea’s medicinal qualities, which include: easing the effects of alcohol, acting as a stimulant, curing blotchiness, quenching thirst, eliminating indigestion, curing beriberi disease, preventing fatigue, and improving urinary and brain function. Over the centuries, and up to the present day, green tea has been credited with providing a wide variety of health benefits.

Japanese green tea is commonly graded depending on the quality and the parts of the plant used as well as how they are processed. There can be large variations in both price and quality within these categories. The best Japanese green tea is said to be that from the Yame region of Fukuoka and from the Uji region of Kyoto, known for its clean environment and excellent tea production, which is where our green tea is from.

Matcha

A finely powdered tea primarily used in the tea ceremony, has now become popular for daily use. It is traditionally made in a tea bowl, mixed with a bamboo whisk. Matcha is also a popular flavor of ice cream and other sweets in Japan.
30 gm bag ($17.00)

Gyokuro

Gyokuro is a fine and expensive tea that is grown under the shade, rather than the full sun, for approximately 20 days. This causes amino acids and caffeine in the tea leaves to increase and bitterness to decrease, giving rise to a sweet taste and distinct aroma.

High-grade Gyokuro first-flush Sencha leaves, is sealed fresh in a beautiful gold washi paper package. Great for gift giving or a fine indulgence for yourself.
50 gm bag ($18.00)

Luxurious, first-flush, high-grade Gyokuro gives off a spectacular green tea colour and taste when steeped.
50 gm bag ($12.00)

Sencha

Ususally reserved for special occasions, our Sencha is now available in an “Everyday” blend, which has all the benefits of Japanese sencha without the higher price tag. This sencha is composed of the highest quality Japanese green tea leaves.
200 gm bag ($10.00)

Bancha

The most common green tea, bancha is ideal for everyday drinking in homes and restaurants. This tea contains mostly leaves and a slight amount of tea twigs.
100 gm bag ($6.50)
200 gm bag ($10.00)

Genmaicha

One of the most popular teas, Genmaicha is a mix of Bancha and roasted rice, giving it a distinct and delicious mellow taste. Premium grade 100g sealed bag. Imported directly from Japan.
100 gm bag ($7.00)
200 gm bag ($12.00)

Houjicha

A green tea, usually Bancha, roasted over charcoal. Brown in colour and with a nutty flavour, houjicha is decaffeinated.
200 gm bag ($12.50)