Sencha Green Tea - Certified Organic


Sencha is a Japanese green tea that is processed without grinding of the tea leaves. The word "sencha" is translated differently by several groups of tea afficianados - some believe it means "simmered tea," while others prefer "roasted tea". Sencha may well be one of the world’s most popular green teas. While it's best known as a Japanese tea, green tea is indigenous to China and during the Ming Dynasty in the 17th century, a monk named Ying Yuan brought the first loose leaf Sencha to Japan.

In 1740 a Kyoto tea master named Soen Nagatani was the first to use the method of steam processing the green leaf. The result was a very fresh cup that became known as Sencha. Nagatani’s tea became very popular and was soon considered a daily drinker favored by the common people of Japan while the elite and wealthy preferred matcha.

Sencha production continued to grow over the next 900 years until even the largest Japanese tea farms couldn't keep up with the increasing demand due to the lack of sufficient growing space. They started to invest heavily in developing Japanese-style tea farms in and around Zhejiang Province in China. These farms are meticulously managed by long time Japanese tea masters. These Japanese style teas are as good if not better in some cases than Japanese grown Sencha. This proved to be particularly crucial with the recent meltdown of the nuclear plant in Fukushima Japan.

Our Sencha is from Kawane in Shizuoka prefecture, Japan. Kawane is the mountain region of Shizuoka prefecture, Japan's largest tea-growing region.

Sencha is the most popular tea in Japan, and is the tea that a guest is most likely to be served when visiting a Japanese home. Sencha is typically used in Japanese tea ceremonies marking events of personal importance. In this type of tea ceremony the ritual of the ceremony is of as great importance as the person being acknowledged. Sencha tea is used in the ceremonies marking ‘life altering events’.

The liquor of a high quality sencha is a golden greenish color. Depending upon the brewing temperature of the water the flavor can be noticeably different. With hotter water (closer to boiling) it is more astringent, with water closer to 170° it is relatively mellow.

The flavor profile of Sencha tea is a delicate sweetness, with mild astringency and smooth grassy undertones.

We recommend brewing at 170° and some Sencha fans prefer to let it steep for as little as 45 seconds while others swear that up to 2 minutes is best – experiment to find your personal sweet spot. Leaves are good for 3-5 infusions.

Low caffeine.


CERTIFIED ORGANIC: Certification is your guarantee that this product has been grown and processed according to strict guidelines established in the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990. Before a product can be labeled Certified Organic, farmers and processors must meet the following requirements:
No harmful chemicals have been applied to the land for at least three years.
Farmers and processors pass yearly inspections by an independent certifying agency.
Farmers and processors keep detailed records of operations.
Farmers maintain a written organic management plan.

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