While it is a generally accepted truth that tea consists of the leaves of the tea plant, usually the top most two leaves and the bud between them, however this was not always an option for people throughout history. Commonly, even the leaves from the whole plant were not enough to go to market with enough for their own stock. Many places over Japan resorted to mixing twigs into their tea to space out the bag, easily doubling their supply in many cases.
Today, we no longer have to worry about cutting stems to make up for leaves, but the practice remains. Our "Leaves 'n' Twigs" Bancha Green is as traditional as you get, giving you the full body of a Japanese steamed green tea without paying the price of a fine sencha. This is the everyman's tea, the after work, or even the during work tea.
- Use 7g (≈1 tbsp) of leaf per ½ liter (≈17 oz) of water.
- Use 80°C/175°F water
- Steep for 3 minutes, strain leaves, and enjoy!
- Too strong? Take off a minute, or use 5g of leaf instead!
- Too light? Kick it up another minute, or use 10g of leaf instead!
USDA Organic Japanese steamed green tea leaves & twigs.