Japanese Green Teas (*)
Japanese Green Teas Sencha and Kukicha.
Sencha is the most popular tea in Japan, representing about 80 percent of the tea produced in Japan.
In terms of taste, sencha green tea has an uplifting and refreshing taste to it. Resulting in a nutty/fruity aftertaste, which makes it great for iced tea. It has somewhat of an earthy taste to it. Sencha is a great tea to try if you haven’t already. With all of the benefits it has and its refreshing taste, it can make for a perfect morning drink to start your day right.
To name a few of the benefits: it contains many vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. All these substances are known to increase immunity, reduce blood pressure, regulate blood sugar and cholesterol levels. Green tea contains theine(caffeine), which increases concentration.
Kukicha (茎茶, twig tea) is special because unlike most teas it isn’t made with tea leaves, but twigs and stems instead.
The aroma is quite unique when compared with other Japanese green teas. Kukicha's high L-theanine content and low caffeine results in a sweet flavour with very little bitterness.
Kukicha is known to detox the body and improve immunity, support weight loss, strengthen bones, nourish skin. It is also known to help reduce stress and improve ones mood. Kukicha's low theine content makes it the perfect tea for any time of the day and for pregnant woman as well.
Both teas are to be stored in a dry and dark place.
How to use: for a pot of tea use 9g, for a cup of tea use 1tsp or 3g, and steep in hot water(90C) for 1-2mins. Pour/strain & enjoy :)
You can re steep the tea 2 to 4 times and still retain its best features. For a fun fact, Japanese green tea leaves have a stronger flavour in its following reuse/re-steep, than in its first brew.