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BANCHA

An everyday favorite among Japanese people, Bancha has a bold, refreshing spirit. This tea is crafted with leaves harvested in late summer and then steamed and rolled. Though its production process is similar to that of Sencha, Bancha leaves are harvested later in the season for a sweet, yet bold and robust flavor. This roasted tea can be enjoyed cold or hot.

An everyday favorite among Japanese people, Bancha has a bold, refreshing spirit. This tea is crafted with leaves harvested in late summer and then steamed and rolled. Though its production process is similar to that of Sencha, Bancha leaves are harvested later in the season for a sweet, yet bold and robust flavor. This roasted tea can be enjoyed cold or hot.

Respecting the leaf

How Bancha Is Produced

Bancha grows on a tea plantation in Japan01

Bancha tea begins as Sencha leaves, grown in direct sunlight for the entire growing season. This results in higher levels of vitamin C and flavor-imparting tannins.

Bancha Is Harvested Between Summer and Autumn02

While the “first flush” is the Sencha spring harvest, Bancha is the second flush of the Sencha season.

Once Harvested, Bancha Leaves Are Steamed, Not Roasted03

This is the step that differentiates Japanese green tea from others. Steaming leaves for 15 to 20 seconds within 12 to 20 hours after harvest prevents the oxidation process.

Steamed Leaves Are Laid Out to Dry and Then Rolled04

By rolling the leaves soon after drying, the leaves retain their natural green color, aroma and nutritional elements.

Bancha Leaves Are Sorted and Packaged05

The older, larger leaves are sorted and set aside to become Bancha.

Did You Know? Bancha makes for a deliciously refreshing cold tea. Try it over ice with sliced lemon.

Brewing Directions

How to Brew Bancha

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  • Hot Brew

  • Cold Brew

step1

Place 1 tablespoon into a tea strainer.

step2

Boil 1 cup of water and let it cool for 90 seconds.

step3

Pour water and steep for 30 seconds. Sip and enjoy the moment.

step1

Place a tea-bag in a tea pitcher filled with 2.5 cups of cold water.

step2

Refrigerate for 30 minutes.

step3

Shake the tea pitcher 10 times and take out the tea-bag.

step4

Pour a cup, sip and enjoy the moment.

*Please refer to the specific directions on your tea’s packaging for best results

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