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Bancha is the everyday green tea or cha from Japan. In picking, the tip and the next four leaves are plucked. Bancha is low in theine. Bancha Hougicha or Hoji-cha includes fragrant stems and has been toasted to turn it slightly brown, giving a darker coloured drink but which is light like a normal green tea, mild and well-balanced.

Bancha can be drunk throughout the day, preferably plain.


  • Quantity: 1 teaspoon (2½ g) per cup or person
  • Water: 80oC (175oF)
  • Brew time: 3 - 4 minutes

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