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Wilkinsons of Norwich - Tea & Coffee Merchants

Japanese Tea

 Tea arrived in Japan via china in 805, it is held with great reverence and custom. The Japanese tea ceremony is so interwoven into the fabric of the country’s tradition and life. Teas are usual steamed and unfermented. Brew very lightly, it is argued, with water just off the boil. Milk or lemon is not used.


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Bancha

Bancha as with most Japanese teas are made from well handled leaves and much of their elegance and style is due to the processing: steaming immediately after plucking and then air drying. Bancha or Sencha are the everyday green tea drinks of Japan. Ban 2 GO is one of the highest grades of Bancha. The leaves to produce Bancha are generally plucked after the new season and tend to be somewhat more coarse. This however gives the tea its unique character and visual appearance. Since the leaves used to make Bancha are more coarse and contain some stalks and stems the resulting tea generally contains less caffeine or tannin then the finer grades of Japanese tea. Also the cup tends to be somewhat milder. Japanese tea gardens look quite different from tea plantations in other parts of the world. The bushes are cultivated in long rows and trimmed so the row has the appearance of a long dome. In Shizuoka Prefecture it is said that the tea gives the impression of smooth waves of green, undulating over the landscape.
This Tea is also available in our American branch here.

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