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
- Dattner, C. (2007) The Taste of Tea, Flammarion. ISBN 9782080300225.