Chun Mee
Chun Mee
A superb green tea with unique character, fresh and tart Sold in 100g bag
£5.90
5
Japan Sencha
Japan Sencha
A typically tasty Japanese Sencha. 'Sencha' meaning steamed tea Sold in 100g 
£11.20
5

China Dao Ren Feng
China Dao Ren Feng
Superbly fragrant Green tea with tart fruity notes Sold in 100g bag
£12.60
China Lung Ching Finest Grade Organic
Organic
China Lung Ching Finest Grade Organic
An exquisite hand-crafted tea with a hint of sweetness Sold in 100g bag
£22.90

China Zhu Cha Green TeabagsChina Zhu Cha Green Teabags
China Zhu Cha
Green Teabags
Classic green tea in a handy teabag format Fresh, grassy slightly bitter notes The box contains 20 tea bags
£4.30
Ronnefeldt Ding Gu Da Fang OrganicRonnefeldt Ding Gu Da Fang Organic
Ronnefeldt Ding Gu Da Fang Organic
A superbly refreshing Chinese Green tea with noble character Sold in 100g bag
£23.00
5

Ronnefeldt Gunpowder OrganicRonnefeldt Gunpowder Organic
Organic
Ronnefeldt Gunpowder Organic
A smooth green tea with an interesting process Sold in 100g bag
£5.80
3
Ronnefeldt SenchaRonnefeldt Sencha
A Cup of Tea Favourite
Ronnefeldt Sencha
A typical slightly grassy green tea from Japan Sold in 100g bag
£6.40

Ronnefeldt Fancy Sencha OrganicRonnefeldt Fancy Sencha Organic
Organic
Ronnefeldt Fancy Sencha Organic
A favourite amongst Japanese green teas is this exquisite tea Sold in 100g bag
£9.10
5
Ronnefeldt Bancha OrganicRonnefeldt Bancha Organic
Organic
Ronnefeldt Bancha Organic
A refreshing tea with typical Japanese character Sold in 100g bag
£6.90
5

Ronnefeldt Matcha Midori OrganicRonnefeldt Matcha Midori Organic
Organic
Ronnefeldt Matcha Midori Organic
Organic Matcha from Ronnefeldt Sold in 30g tins  
£32.80
5
Ronnefeldt Joy of Tea Lung Ching Tea BagsRonnefeldt Joy of Tea Lung Ching Tea Bags
Ronnefeldt Joy of Tea
Lung Ching Tea Bags
A rare, mildly tangy spring tea from Zhejiang Province 1 box contains 15 tea bags
£8.20

Ronnefeldt LeafCup®  Lung Ching Tea BagsRonnefeldt LeafCup®  Lung Ching Tea Bags
Ronnefeldt LeafCup®
Lung Ching Tea Bags
A rare pleasure for tea connoisseurs when the typical light tartness of green tea combines with a flurry of freshness Packed in an outer containing 90 teabags (6 boxes of 15 servings) Please allow 5 - 7 days for orders to be despatched
£34.90
5
Ronnefeldt Tea-Caddy® Greenleaf Organic Tea BagsRonnefeldt Tea-Caddy® Greenleaf Organic Tea Bags
Ronnefeldt Tea-Caddy®
Greenleaf Organic Tea Bags
Carefully crafted plantation tea from the highlands of India with the delicately tart aroma of Darjeeling teas Packed in servings of 100 (5 boxes of 20 teabags) For use in teapots up to 0.45L Please allow 5 - 7 days for orders to be dispatched
£45.70

The Unique Qualities of Japanese Green Tea

Japanese loose-leaf green tea is characterised by a fresh, tart flavour and a bright, grassy-green colour.

Tea plays an important part in Japanese culture, as seen in the famous tea ceremony. This is an important part of Japan's social fabric, providing a welcome chance for silent contemplation and spiritual refreshment.

There are many different types of Japanese tea that are well known and loved around the world. One of these being Sencha, with its delicately sweet flavour, it is among the most popular green teas in Japan. Bancha is also a well-liked green tea, drunk on a daily basis by many in Japan.

 

Harvesting and Production

There are many types of Green tea and the process varies depending on whichever Green tea you choose.

One thing to consider is that Green teas are known as unfermented teas. So, the fermentation process that takes place in most tea production is not present with green tea.

The most customary practice includes:

  • Withering: Once the tea leaves have been harvested, they are laid out and exposed to heat – whether this might be natural sunlight or a temperature-controlled room. This dries the leaves reducing any leftover moisture.
  • Steaming: In Japan, the tea leaves are steamed to stop oxidization and the fermentation process. This step in the production can be detrimental to the look, taste and aroma of the tea if not done properly.
  • Rolling: Once the heating process is complete the tea leaves are rolled into different shapes. Typically, the tea leaves will be rolled, twisted and then rolled again to give the tea leaves their characteristic needle shape.
  • Drying: The final process in production, after being rolled into various shapes the tea leaves are dried.

 

History of Japanese Green Tea

The relationship between Japan and tea is long, dating back to the 9th century when Buddhist monks brought the first tea seeds to the country!

The Zen Buddhist priest, Eisai, believed that all people should drink tea for its health benefits.

Uji is the most established tea producing region in Japan. Even today the most expensive and premium teas are still grown in the Uji region.

Interestingly, all commercial tea produced in Japan today is green tea! However, for a short time in the 19th & 20th centuries, black tea was also produced there.

 

 

 

 

How to Brew Japanese Green Tea

Whether you want to use the loose leaves or try a tea bag infusion, the standard process is the same.

  

Brewing Japanese Green Tea:

  1. Boil some freshly poured cold water
  2. Place the tea leaves in a tea strainer
  3. Pour the hot water over the leaves
  4. Steep the tea for the appropriate amount of time
  5. Strain the tea
  6. Sit back and enjoy!

 

Brewing Table

  Ranging from half a level teaspoon to 1 heaped teaspoon 

   2-3 minutes

   A range of colours including: Light Green, Pale Green, Green, Emerald Green, Dark Yellow, Pale Yellow, Yellow & Chartreuse.

 

NOTE: Please make sure to read the individual brewing instructions on each pack of tea.

Japanese green teas are some of the best in the world; delicate with mellow flavours that can be enjoyed any time of the day!

Our Japanese Green Tea favourites are:

 

     Fancy Sencha Organic                       Bancha Organic                                 Gabalong

 

  • Ronnefeldt Fancy Sencha Organic: An exquisite, delicately leafed Sencha: light green in the cup, with a continual but gentle breath of bitter sweetness.
  • Ronnefeldt Bancha Organic: A freshly tart, tangy, mildly grassy Japanese style tea made from larger leaves containing very little caffeine.
  • Ronnefeldt Gabalong: A typical grassy Japanese green tea speciality, drunk mainly for its health-giving properties