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Japanese Tea Types – The Varieties

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Knowing the different Japanese tea types can give you the insight that you need to have when choosing a brand that you enjoy drinking every single day. By knowing what you like and dislikes you can narrow down your search to one that you know is going to be good for you. Once you have learned which type you like then you will know that it will be time to move onto learning more about the other types.

An Overview

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The most common Japanese tea types are Bancha, Hojicha, and Sencha. Bancha, which is also known as sencha, is typically lower grade tea from the plant camellia sinensis plant. Sencha is roasted green tea and is more popular in Japan than other parts of the world. Both forms of tea don’t contain too much caffeine, just a little bit though, so they aren’t as harsh as some of the other teas.

There are a lot of people who think that Sencha tea isn’t good for you because it has a really strong flavor. They don’t realize that it is just the tea leaves that have this strong flavor. The tea leaves used to make Sencha are allowed to develop its flavor all throughout the oxidation process. When the leaves are oxidized they begin to release their flavors and this process produces a delicious, sweet-smelling tea that has become quite popular.

Famous Types 

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Hojicha tea has a very mild, subtle flavor. This type of tea is typically served with a delicious Japanese soy sauce, and a slice of Japanese thin crusty bread. It is known for its ability to retain its flavor for several years, even with the addition of milk.

Another one of the more well-known Japanese tea types is Genmaicha tea. This tea doesn’t actually contain any leaf material, but it is made by steaming a green tea ball that is filled with flavor-packed leaves. You can add sugar to the genmaicha tea to add a rich taste, or you could just leave it off to be enjoyed alone. It’s great to drink with a slice of white bread!

Udon is another one of the more popular Japanese teas. Udon is made by steaming a small amount of yellow fin clay flowers, which is then made into a tea ball. Once the clay flowers are steamed, the water is evaporated and the green tea leaves are left in the bowl of the udon. Udon usually has a light flavor, which makes it a perfect beverage to enjoy on a hot summer day. Of course, you don’t have to drink it hot to get a good flavor.

Final Tip

If you are looking for Japanese green tea, there are a few more options for you. The most popular of these types of Japanese teas is matcha, which is a shade of green tea. Matcha also goes by the name of sake and is one of the most expensive types of green tea. It is rare, delicate, and leaves a wonderful sheen in the cup.


Now that you know a little bit more about these Japanese tea types, you can begin to decide what you’d like to drink. If you are planning to start experimenting, it might be a good idea to visit an Asian store where you will be able to find all the tea types that you are interested in drinking. There are plenty of these establishments around the world, so it shouldn’t be difficult to locate one in your local area. If you want to try something new, and tasting some delicious flavors, you might like to try new teas to see what you like.

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