It’s officially cozy season! You know what that means – it’s time to curl up on the couch with your favorite blanket, a cup of Japanese tea, and watch movies all day! But before you can do that, you need to know which teas are right for you, first. Here’s your guide to the most popular Japanese teas to help you plan your next movie night at home.
Made from Camellia sinensis leaves and buds, green tea was created in China, but its popularity has since spread all over East and Southeast Asia. Green tea leaves are not made with the same withering and oxidation process as oolong teas and black teas, even though they all come from the same leaves and buds. Instead, green tea is prepared by steaming and pan-frying the Camellia sinensis leaves before undergoing the drying process.
There are so many green teas available for purchase at the Bokksu Boutique. If you’re a self-proclaimed green tea expert, we recommend putting your go-to green tea to the test with our Nekocha Green Tea, 88th Night Green Tea, or Mizudachicha Cold Brewed Green Tea.
Matcha is a specific kind of green tea that is made from the leaves of tea plants. These tea plants, however, have been grown under shade in order to get them to grow larger and finer. Once they’ve been harvested, the leaves are ground down into matcha powder and whisked into hot water to make tea. Matcha has a sweet, slightly bitter flavor and contains caffeine. Matcha is known for its bright green pigment, and it is able to achieve that color from the high levels of chlorophyll these plants produce.
Be sure to stop by the Bokksu Boutique to stock up on your matcha supply. If you’re new to the world of matcha green tea, the Uji Matcha Au Lait, Hoshino Matcha Latte, and Ceremonial-Grade Matcha: Unryu are all great places to start your matcha journey!
Sencha is another form of green tea, and happens to be the most popular tea variety in Japan. Sencha differs from matcha due to the fact that it is made from tea plants grown in the sun, and therefore has a darker color and more acidic flavor. Sencha is made by steeping the tea leaves in hot water to produce a tea that ranges in color from yellow-green to green-brown. Keep in mind that sencha is a caffeinated tea, so maybe it shouldn’t be the tea you reach for before winding down for bed!
Interested in trying sencha for the first time? Check out the Uji Sencha Tea or the Organic Genmaicha Tea on the Bokksu Boutique.