701 Japan Bancha
Bancha—“coarse tea”—hardly deserves its humble name. Plucked in the summer, after the prime Sencha season, Bancha has a more subtle vegetal profile, with pleasant toasted notes and low astringency. It is an ideal tea to pair with food and presents an excellent choice for those seeking to minimize caffeine intake.
Preparation: 3 grams tea leaves (1 heaping teaspoon) per 8 oz. cup of filtered water, boiled and cooled to 80°C/176°F. Allow to brew 1 minutes.