What is bancha tea?
Bancha tea is the second most popular type of green tea in Japan after sencha. It’s made from the more mature leaves of the tea plant. These leaves are thicker, higher in minerals and lower in caffeine. If you are interested in learning more about bancha tea, you can read all about it in this article
Bancha green tea flavor profile
The taste of bancha green tea is a bit more mild and earthy compared to its younger counterparts. You may notice tasting notes of wood, cereal and even citrus. The woody notes come from the older, thicker stems used in the bancha tea, which even have a tiny bit of bark on them.
Bancha tea production
Bancha green tea is produced just like any other type of Japanese tea. The older leaves are harvested and steamed shortly after. The reason these leaves need to be steamed is that as soon as they are picked, the oxidation process will begin. Oxidation is what turns tea into black tea, so when a farmer is producing green tea, they need to apply heat to stop the oxidation process. After the leaves have been steamed, the leaves are then steamed and rolled. The shapes of bancha tea leaves will be flatter and less tightly rolled compared to sencha. They will also take on a much light, “camo green” color.
Bancha tea brewing instruction
When it comes to brewing bancha tea, you can follow these simple steps here. The one thing that is important to note is that bancha can stand up to hotter water temperatures. While younger tea leaves are more sensitive to temperature, the older leaves handle it much better.
Add 5 grams of bancha to your Japanese teapot
Add in 150ml of water at 175 degrees fahrenheit
Allow the leaves to sit undisturbed for 1 minute
Pour out the kyusu teapot into a cup and allow the built in filter to sift out the leaves
Reinfuse the leaves 4-5 more times or until they lose flavor
Bancha tea benefits
One of the major benefits of bancha green tea is that it is lower in caffeine. Bancha caffeine is so low because the older leaves of the tea plant don’t produce as much caffeine as the younger leaves. The tea plant uses caffeine as a defense mechanism to protect itself from insects. The younger, and more tender leaves are more vulnerable, so they require more protection. The older leaves are tougher and therefore less likely to be eaten. As a result the bancha caffeine content is quite low, with between 20-40mg of caffeine per cup. Bancha also is high in minerals, and is commonly consumed after meals to help with digestion. This high mineral content, along with the mild taste profile, makes bancha tea good for snacking, pairing well with popcorn and mixed nuts.
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