Sencha : Everything You Need to Know About This Japanese Tea

 

Sencha is a type of green tea cultivated in almost all tea growing regions of Japan.

In Japan, manufacturing of Sencha is reminiscent of artwork.

They say a Sencha is as good as the one who produced it.

Japanese tea enthusiasts admire Sencha for its herbaceous flavor and strong aroma.

Sencha Tea profile

How Sencha is processed?

Harvesting is mostly done in cooler climates.

Once picked, tea leaves goes through a short (10-15 seconds) steaming process which lasts for a very short time(roughly 6 months) which helps in preventing oxidation.

Right after steaming, rolling and drying process starts. This process releases flavors and softens the fibers of tea. At this stage, tea leaves has minimal moisture content.

The last step before its ready for packaging and shipping is, sorting.

All unwanted parts are filtered from the final batch and classified based on their size, shape and color.

The filtered parts are then used in other tea types, as it is a code of conduct in Japanese tea philosophy to use everything you get from the bush.

This green tea type is known for its subtle sweetness and less bitter flavors.
Its  high vitamin C and has an antioxidant status 39 according to TRAP index. Sencha, also significantly reduces the risk of Biliary Tract Cancer .

It has needle shaped leaves and accounts for almost 75-80% of total tea production of Japan.

Sencha has many other varieties, most popular being Sincha.

How to Prepare a perfect cup of Sencha?

 

According to experts , Sencha leaves should be infused in hot (not boiling) water for 2 minutes at max or less.

You can brew more than once with used leaves using cold water.

To yield one cup of Sencha (Higher Grades), steep about half a tsp to 1 cup of 175 F water.

If you go with regular grade just increase the amount of tea leaves and reduce the steeping time to half.

How to drink Sencha?

Make sure you drink your Sencha plain, no honey no nothing. In most tea bars of Japan, Sencha is served in small cups.

You may find it as companion to snacks that are savory in taste.

Drinking it with desserts somewhat ruins the subtle sweetness of sencha.

So no sweets with or before Sencha.

In fact, I’ve found the eating something salty such as veggie chips or rice cakes, amplifies the taste of Sencha, by working as a contrast.

Also, make sure to drink it as soon as your brew it.

After brewing, as soon as the Sencha comes into the contact of air, the more it oxidises, killing the aroma and natural flavors.

You can also add ice to if you like iced drinks.

Just make sure to increase the amount to tea leaves. Because, it’s a key to brew it strong when drinking sencha with ice.

How does sencha tastes like?

Sencha has very herbaceous and vegetal flavor. When brewed by the rules, the tea appears within the hue of olive color.

Final Words

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