Tencha, the tea base used for making matcha, is a delicious and rare find. Shade-grown gyokuro leaves are steamed, dried and leaf veins removed prior to grinding. Tencha brews a cup much lighter in color than matcha, but with similar body and flavor. It can be brewed as-is, or ground to create matcha. Our selection offers the aroma of sweet green vegetables and a cup that offers vegetal notes and a hint of roasted nuts.
This tea contains a high level of caffeine | Steep at 165° for 2 minutes.
One of the top ten tea producing regions in the world, Japan's history with the plant is long and varied. Beginning in the Nara Period (710-794), the history of tea in Japan became closely tied to its cultural identity. It's roots began in religious circles, when monks brought back the leaf from China and it quickly became the drink of the elite classes, only available as a luxury item in very limited quantities.