Sencha—a green tea to please all five senses!
Australia, meet Japan’s bestselling tea. Sencha is a green tea that consists of whole leaves that are steamed before they are rolled into their distinctive cylindrical shape. A gorgeous golden-green colour when brewed, sencha is prized for its bittersweet taste. Our range also sports a home-grown sencha from the Victorian alps!
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The Tea Centre’s beautiful Japanese & Australian Alpine sencha
Japanese sencha consists of green tea leaves first plucked in the first and second flushes of the summer and autumn harvest. Unlike bancha (a lower grade of Japanese green tea), sencha is only made from fine whole leaves from higher up on the tea bush—stems and lower leaves are discarded in the process.
Meaning ‘roasted tea’ in Japanese, sencha is the perfect brew to welcome guests with as they enter your home on a cold winter’s day! Our homegrown counterpart, Australian Alpine Sencha is cultivated using the same Japanese techniques but grown in Wangaratta in the Victorian Alps. All sencha boasts an intricate sweetness mixed in with slightly astringent tasting notes due to the unique steaming process the loose leaves undergo to prevent further oxidisation. Explore our range our sencha today and find the perfect brew for you!
What are the health benefits of Japanese sencha tea?
Like all green tea, sencha is bright, refreshing, and naturally contains caffeine. It's also abundant in several catechins, with EGCG, theanine, and polyphenols (specifically flavanols) being the most cited for their purported health benefits (Kodagoda & Wickramasinghe, 2017).
Moreover, as one 2010 peer-reviewed study details, green tea is currently being studied for its potential anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antioxidative, and cholesterol-lowering effects upon drinking (Chacko et al., 2010).
Making a mug of tea is also a great gesture of hospitality and a wonderful way to welcome someone into your home. Spend time together with those you love with a mug of sencha tea in hand.
How much sencha should I drink everyday?
There is no magical number of cups that one should drink in order to reap the optimal health benefits that come from sipping on green tea. As a general rule of thumb, anything from one to five cups is considered a normal and reasonable amount of green tea to consume per day.
How to brew a cup of sencha
To brew a perfect cup of sencha you need to do the following.
Buy sencha tea online or in-store at The Tea Centre tea shops
Here at The Tea Centre, we pride ourselves on the elite quality of our sencha and work hard to make each one thoroughly enjoyable. You will notice that our sencha teas are beautifully fragrant and enticing, with elements of sweetness and robust flavour apparent in different teas across our range. It’s all part of our plan to provide you with the finest tea possible.
Making a pot or a cup of sencha with loose leaves is not as hard as it sounds, with easy-to-use infusers and strainers available. However, if you are looking for a quicker alternative, we do also offer a range of teas in biodegradable tea bags, including black tea bags, green tea bags, and herbal tea bags.