Bancha

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Bancha
Shizuoka bancha.jpg
TypeGreen

Other namesCommon Tea
OriginJapan

Quick descriptionMore widely available in the West. A late season crop, goes well with food.

Bancha (番茶) is a Japanese green tea. It is harvested from the second flush of sencha between summer and autumn. (The first flush is harvested for shincha.)

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Bancha is harvested from the same tree as sencha grade, but it is plucked later than sencha is, giving it a lower market grade. It is considered to be the lowest grade of green tea. There are 22 grades of bancha. Its flavour is unique, it has a stronger organic straw smell.

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