Types of Japanese Green Tea

If you’re new to Japanese teas, I suggest that you start by learning about sencha, the most produced (and consumed) tea in Japan.

Aracha

Bancha

Fukamushicha

Funmatsucha

Genmaicha

Gyokuro

Houjicha

Kabusecha

Kamairicha

Konacha

Kukicha

Matcha

Mecha

Sencha

Shincha

Tamaryokucha

Tencha

16 Responses to Types of Japanese Green Tea

  1. Janis Phelps says:

    I am so pleased to have found your site. It is very well done, the information is excellent, and the presentation is welcoming..
    Would you please let me know what teas you recommend as being lowest in caffeine. I have an anxious reaction (like you to the caffeine in coffee) and have found many teas cause this response. Loving green tea as I do, I would like to continue to drink it. Kind regards, J

    • Hello Janis, thanks for the comment.
      Houjicha and genmaicha are both very low in caffeine, the first one because of the extra roasting process and the second because the added rice has no caffeine.

  2. Sarah says:

    Such an informative site thank you so much! It would be really great if you could do a health section explaining all the health benefits of tea…there are so many!
    Thanks again!

    • Hello Sarah

      As you say, there are many. That’s why I’ve been publishing health-related articles every now and then. I’ll probably summarize them all in a future post.

  3. Spiii says:

    Felicidades, Ricardo. I am so pleased to see that in Latinamerica there is someone adventuring into real tea. I am more knowledgeable of Chinese tea but as I drunk some ichabancha, a search brought me to your page. I will soon be in Colombia (Medellin, Cartagena y Cali) but unfortunately not in Bogota in which case a cata would definitely been on my adgenda.

  4. Dan says:

    You mention above that Houjicha and genmaicha are both very low in caffeine. Is there one that is also high in theanine? Looking for one for a relative to help increase relaxation, decrease anxiety.

    • Hello Dan

      Unfortunately, most teas that are high in L-theanine aren’t low in caffeine. Although some have less than others.

      My advise is to find a kukicha that is mostly stems and twigs, no tea leaves. That way you minimize the caffeine and get the L-theanine that you seek.

  5. Bradley says:

    I remember being in Japan and eating at Kaitenzushi places. The tea they had was distinctly strong and less delicate to matcha. Was this konacha?

  6. Nan says:

    Which Japanese teas would be considered the ‘healthiest’ re: ‘nutrient’ content, etc. FYI – Many thanks for your site!

  7. Francesca C. says:

    I discovered your website a couple of months ago and it was a great source of inspiration – and still is! It has given me the right boost to start my own tea adventure !
    So many thanks for sharing all your knowledge!

  8. Annie says:

    Hi, I’m heading to Japan soon and would like to stock up on tea while I’m there & would appreciate your advice on which teas I should try. I know most people enjoy a lighter & sweeter tea but I would love to find a strong & bitter loose tea. I can generally only get the strong bitter taste I prefer from teabags & have tried to switch to loose leaf but so far the ones I have tried are to grassy or lack any bitterness. Are you aware of any types which offer a strong and bitter flavour without the grassy taste. Thanks so much!

    • Hello Annie

      I hope that you enjoy your trip to Japan.

      Well, perhaps a fukamushi (deep steamed) sencha or a konacha can get very bitter if you steep for longer times and in boiling water.

      But note that too much bitterness is generally undesirable, and the higher the quality the less bitter it tends to get. That’s why intentionally buying high quality tea and brewing it to make it bitter doesn’t make so much sense.

      The grassy taste also has to do with astringency, which increases the same way bitterness does. It’s also present in green tea, so I’m not sure what your preference would be.

      The other advise I can give you is to prepare a gyokuro in the standard way, it will give you a strong taste with lots of umami, it transalates into a tea with much body. Maybe you will like it.

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