Updated: Aug 1, 2021
Sencha is the most popular green tea in Japan, accounting for about 80% of Japanese green tea production.
Sencha is made from green tea leaves that are cultivated in direct sunlight.
The leaves of the young upper shoots are used because they are of higher quality than those of the lower shoots.
Once the tea leaves have been picked, they are steamed to prevent oxidation. This process takes less than a minute but it is the main difference between Japanese and Chinese green tea (which is pan-fried instead of steamed).
Brewing: 158-176 ºF water (hot but not boiling) Steep for 1-1.5 minutes This organic Japanese Sencha has a smooth, sweet, and delicate fragrance. It will produce a yellow-green cup with a gentle sweetness and light vegetal character with savory hints of umami.