Japanese organic tea, Bancha and Hojicha

Bancha is considered to be a tea for everyday use.


It is similar to hojicha, but what is the difference?

The leaves that have grown hard are called bancha. “Bancha is made in different ways depending on the region, so there are green leaves made like Sencha and brown leaves roasted like Hojicha.

Tea field, Tawara Natural Farm

There are several theories about the origin of bancha.

1) The word “ban” has the meaning of “daily use” as in the words “banzasa” and “obanzai (Kyoto dialect for side dishes),” so it is called bancha.

(2) It is said that the tea is plucked between the first and second tea leaves.

(3) It is said that the word “bancha” was derived from the word “bancha” which means tea plucked late.

With the development of tea making technology, these theories came to refer to lower grade sencha.

Hojicha, on the other hand, is made by roasting sencha, stem tea, or bancha over high heat.
The difference between Bancha and Sencha is whether it is roasted or not. Since it is roasted at a high temperature, it has less amino acids (umami), catechins (astringency), caffeine (bitterness), and vitamin C than advanced Sencha.
It is fragrant and refreshing, so it is recommended after a greasy meal or before going to bed. Although it is not considered a high-grade Japanese tea, it is often served at ryotei restaurants during meals.

(Source: https://kyo-chikiriya.com/blog/tea_about/roastedtea)

Bancha and Hojicha are both common people’s teas for everyday use.
I think this is a matter of taste, but I would recommend hojicha for its fragrant aroma.

In particular, Tahara Natural Farm’s hojicha is roasted from freshly picked tea leaves, which gives it a rich aroma and taste, and many customers buy it repeatedly.

Most of the hojicha sold in the market is made from leftover sencha leaves. In this case, the aroma is not so strong and the taste is not as good.

Please enjoy Tahara Natural Farm’s natural farming method hojicha without using any pesticides or chemical fertilizers

Tawara Natural Farm uses natural farming methods to grow tea in an environment as close to nature as possible, without using any pesticides or chemical fertilizers.

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(引用元 https://kyo-chikiriya.com/blog/tea_about/roastedtea)