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Tasting literally of green leaves, Bancha tea has a medium vegetable flavor with a somewhat complex finish. It is very healthy and retains a naturally high polyphenol content. You may recognize the aroma and tasting experience of those tea from meals in fine sushi restaurants.
Bancha tea is a beautiful dark green tea, compared with the color of almost any other green tea in the world. This is a visual indication of the special way Bancha tea is made. A special drying/steaming process that prohibits oxidation of the tea leaves while being rolled and dried.
This tea is the lower grade cousin of "Sencha" green tea since its leaves are harvested at a later time of year and it's generally slightly lower in quality than Sencha varieties. Bancha green tea gained worldwide favor when merchants began selling it as a less costly Sencha alternative. It is low in caffeine yet high in vitamins and minerals, making it very healthy and suitable for children.
Bancha tea is the market leader of Japanese style tea because of the marketing emphasis that has been given to it over the last few decades. Considered to be an every day, Bancha has a unique flavor which goes well with food. Enjoy a cup of this popular, inexpensive Green Tea today.