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SHINCHA SP Sencha unsorted Aratsukuri 100g (3.52oz)

$22.50 USD
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This tea is from a mountainous area of Shizuoka of Japan, renowned for its tea cultivation. As an unsorted tea, it includes the Leaves with a rich aroma, Stem with a refreshing taste and Buds with a Full-bodied flavor. 

Normally, the leaves, stems, and buds are separated at the final stage of production, but this tea is made without separating the leaves, stems, and buds.  The aroma is enhanced by unique fire-roasting process. The deep and mellow flavor that spreads downwards which is different from that of ordinary sencha teas.  Very satisfying!

This tea is classed as a Kabuse-cha which means it is shaded for a short time period. Sweet teas such as Matcha and Gyokuro are most commonly thought of when referring to shaded teas. This tea is shaded for less time, but it still exhibits the sweetness many people enjoy.

Sencha Aratsukuri is grown from the Yamanohibuki cultivar which is known for its sweetness. It is farmed using a technique called Bud-weight cultivation The Bud-Weight method involves not cutting the plants back more than absolutely necessary, this leads to fewer branches but the branches that remain are thicker, with fewer buds but those bugs are larger. The yield of the plants is smaller, but the tea leaves are full of nutrients and have a rich Umami flavor. 

This is an excellent example of an unsorted Japanese green tea that is robust, with rich sweetness, a very satisfying truly premium tea. Get the best out of the green leaf tea, stems and buds included!


4g (1 1/4tsp) / One cup / 80-70°C (176-158°F) /30-45 sec / brew up to 3 times

Category Sencha shizuoka location
Cultivar Yamanoibuki
Shading Kabuse / Full-sun
Harvest First
Type Fukamushi
Steam level 6
Drying temperature 7
Grade Premium++
Organic No
Region Shizuoka
Form Loose leaf
Weight 100g (3.52oz)
Note Rich robust deep very satisfying
More Details on Sencha


Sencha Tea: An introduction to Sencha Tea

Sencha is the most common and popular type of green tea in Japan and makes up over 60% of all tea produced. Sencha tea is grown with full exposure to the sun. Unlike for example Gyokuro and Matcha that are shaded from the sun during the last month or so of growth. This fully sun-grown variety of Japanese green tea takes full advantage of the sun's energy to aid in its transformation. There are many cultivars and grades of Sencha, which leads to a large spectrum of taste, quality and pricing.


asamushi lightly steamed tea leaf
A variety of things impact the ultimate flavor of Sencha. These factors include the farm's geographical location, the quality of the raw leaves, and the final processing procedure utilized to generate the finished product. Because the first two variables vary so significantly, most tea is rated based on its final processing procedure. The length of the tea's steaming is used to classify the processing method, as most Japanese green tea is steamed. After picking the tea, it is steamed to prevent oxidation. The grades are Asamushi (steamed for the least amount of time), Chumushi, and Fukumushi (steamed for nearly twice as long as Asamushi). Using these three grading methods it is possible to choose what may suit your taste best before buying, or if you prefer variety then this can hopefully help in your selections.

fukamushi sencha


ASAMUSHI SENCHA - In this historic technique of manufacturing, the tea leaves are steamed for the shortest amount of time possible; this rapid steaming method was invented many centuries ago, and Asamushi tea strictly adheres to the traditional manner tea steaming. Because the Asamushi method is more delicate, it is usually used for higher grades of raw tea. When brewed, it creates a light-golden green liquor with long needle-like leaves. The completed brew has a lovely aroma and a deep earthy flavor.

CHUMUSHI SENCHA - This is medium steamed Sencha, and it has been produced in this manner since the seventeenth century. The steaming period ranges between 60 and 100 seconds, yielding a delicious tea.

FUKAMUSHI SENCHA - The Modern Sencha tea is steamed for the longest period using the Fukumushi technique. When compared to the conventional Asamushi method, Fukumushi roughly doubles the amount of time it is steamed. It is a more recent way of preparing tea that is frequently employed for leaves that do not lend themselves to the Asamushi process. When compared to Asamushi teas, its look is more akin to a coarse powder. When the tea is brewed, this powder dissolves, resulting in a dark-green beverage. Fukamushi teas are less bitter and easy to brew. Similar to Matcha, because some of the powder dissolves in the tea, many of the nutrients remain in the tea after brewing. Many years of experience have gone into creating the Fukumushi method, and the results have come to be highly appreciated and very popular in the modern day.

Note: The color of the brew is not an indication of the depth or complexity of taste inherent in the final brewed tea. Asamushi has an exquisite taste, and many of the highest quality teas are processed using the Asamushi method, this does not mean that Chumushi and Fukamushi are not also excellent teas; they simply have a different taste profile.


CAFFEINE - Caffeine is a natural pesticide and allows the tea plants to grow strong even in difficult conditions - caffeine in the tea plant is naturally occurring and it has helped the tea plant spread and thrive in farms in many countries. The finished tea, once brewed does contain caffeine. The amount of caffeine varies by the particular type of sencha and the brewing time. An 8 oz (240ml) cup of sencha has between 15 and 70 milligrams of caffeine, whereas a cup of coffee contains 80 to 200 mg or more.

BREWING - Sencha tea can be consumed either hot or chilled. We actually have a line of sencha that is packaged expressly for brewing in cold water and drinking as iced tea. Iced sencha is a delightful summer drink served right from the refrigerator. Regular, hot brewed Sencha is typically brewed for 30 to 90 seconds in 180F (80C) water; the bigger the leaves, the longer the brewing time should be.

Sencha FAQ

Customer Reviews

Based on 4 reviews
Luis Borba
Great flavour and finish

This is the first tea that I have tried from my large order from Chado. It has a pleasant taste with a slight astringent finish. Looking forward to trying the other selections.

Rober Stanton
Excellent, rich and robust fukamushi

(I used: 2.5g tea, 200ml water, 1:30min steep @ 157F) Aroma is quite good and pleasant: fresh, rich green tea vegetable broth, slightly toasted notes, mild sulfur-like aroma (steamed brassica scent), pleasant medium umami. Flavor is similar, with rich vegetable broth (mostly a sweet brassica-like taste), light hints of toasted green tea, lots of rich umami, mild sweetness and earthiness. Little to no astringency.
A great tea - wouldn't wish to change a thing.


Good quality

Always delicious

Chado teahouse is my favorite place to buy teas. They get the best from Japan and make it available especially SHINCHA. I wait all year for these fresh teas and it’s always worth it. Fumi-san,, the owner is a treasure. i appreciate her advice and will wait for the teas she recommends. NEVER disappointed, I’m a loyal fan for many years now.