Japanese Green Tea

Sencha Sencha

Sencha "Chiran"

A pleasant tea, characterised by its light green water color and mellow flavor. This blend boas more info »
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First Flush Sencha Blend 200g Value Pack 2024 First Flush Sencha Blend 200g Value Pack 2024

First Flush Sencha Blend 200g Value Pack 2024

Our original blend of deep-steamed premium green tea boasts a strong sweetness and beautiful gr more info »
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Osumi Saemidori Harugeshiki Special Label Tin 2024 Osumi Saemidori Harugeshiki Special Label Tin 2024

Osumi Saemidori Harugeshiki Special Label Tin 2024

Limited edition 2024 special label tin edition of this classic Japanese new harvest premium gre more info »
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Sencha Matsuri Sencha Matsuri

Sencha Matsuri

A full-bodied Sencha with a smooth flavour, processed by steaming three times longer than usual more info »
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Sencha Ei Asatsuyu Sencha Ei Asatsuyu

Sencha Ei Asatsuyu

A naturally sweet flavoured Sencha green tea, boasting a bright green water colour. With very l more info »
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Sencha Tenjin Sencha Tenjin

Sencha Tenjin

An organic quality superior sencha from a traditional garden in Kyoto. Its fresh fragrance and more info »
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Sencha Uji Sencha Uji

Sencha Uji

A first flush green tea from Uji, Kyoto, with a refined mellow taste. You will enjoy its deep g more info »
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Sencha Omaesama Sencha Omaesama

Sencha Omaesama

A deep steamed, well-balanced blend of Asatsuyu sencha and Okumidori sencha. Its mild taste and more info »
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Sencha Yumegatari Sencha Yumegatari

Sencha Yumegatari

A well-balanced blend of Matcha and Yabukita sencha from one of Japan's most famous tea regions more info »
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Sencha Sencha

Sencha "Kamo"

An organic quality first flush sencha from Uji, Kyoto and matcha from Nishio, Aichi harmoniousl more info »
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Sencha Fujieda Sencha Fujieda

Sencha Fujieda

With a floral aroma reminiscent of wisteria and jasmine, Sencha Fujieda has quite a unique heri more info »
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Sencha Takachiho Sencha Takachiho

Sencha Takachiho

An organic quality sencha green tea with very little astringency and notable smooth, silky flav more info »
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Sencha Tabi Makura Sencha Tabi Makura

Sencha Tabi Makura

A deep steamed Japanese green tea with only a third of the caffeine of standard green teas. < more info »
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Sencha Okinawa Sencha Okinawa

Sencha Okinawa

This "Beni Fuki" variety of green tea from Okinawa is roasted at high heats to create a distinc more info »
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Sencha Ukiyo Ippun Gorin Sencha Ukiyo Ippun Gorin

Sencha Ukiyo Ippun Gorin

A deep steamed, well-balanced sencha blend from Shizuoka Prefecture. When brewed, this tea will more info »
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Sencha Nara Sencha Nara

Sencha Nara

A premium Sencha from Nara Prefecture in Japan. The tea leaves are smaller than normal sencha l more info »
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Kamairicha Gokase Kamairicha Gokase

Kamairicha Gokase

An organic tea from Gokase, Miyazaki, a region famous for producing pan-fried green tea. Refres more info »
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Gyokuro Yame Gyokuro Yame

Gyokuro Yame

Yame Hoshino village is known for producing superior Gyokuro, a top-grade Japanese green tea. T more info »
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Gyokuro Gyokuro

Gyokuro "Pine Breeze"

A Gyokuro made from "komakage", a special Uji plantation tea variety. In order to enjoy this gr more info »
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Houjicha Shigaraki Houjicha Shigaraki

Houjicha Shigaraki

This tea from Shigaraki, Shiga Prefecture is made of leaves from the first harvest of the tea s more info »
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Houjicha Atago Houjicha Atago

Houjicha Atago

Houjicha, a roasted Japanese tea, contains much lower caffeine than typical Japanese green tea. more info »
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Houji-Genmaicha Kirishima Houji-Genmaicha Kirishima

Houji-Genmaicha Kirishima

This organic quality blend of Houjicha (roasted green tea) and Genmaicha (toasted rice green te more info »
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Sencha Chiran Classic Label Tin Sencha Chiran Classic Label Tin

Sencha Chiran Classic Label Tin

Presented in a limited edition classic label tin, this is a very pleasant Japanese sencha green more info »
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Osumi Saemidori Harugeshiki 2024 Osumi Saemidori Harugeshiki 2024

Osumi Saemidori Harugeshiki 2024

This classic new harvest first flush green tea has a fresh green aroma and elegant sweetness. more info »
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Sencha Yakushima 2024 Sencha Yakushima 2024

Sencha Yakushima 2024

From Yakushima Island, this organic quality sencha green tea boasts a brisk aroma and refreshin more info »
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Matcha    Matcha

Matcha

This is a powdered green tea which can be used on its own or blended with other teas. Also exc more info »
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Matcha Uji Tawara Matcha Uji Tawara

Matcha Uji Tawara

This high grade Matcha "Asashi" from Uji, Kyoto, is characterised by a bright and beautiful wat more info »
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Matcha Matcha

Matcha "Nishio Samidori"

Produced in Nishio in Aichi Prefecture, a well known matcha producing district, second only to more info »
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Matcha Satsuma Matcha Satsuma

Matcha Satsuma

A highly rare and organic quality Matcha from Kirishima in the Kagoshima Prefecture. Boasting a more info »
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Matcha Kurama 20g Tin Matcha Kurama 20g Tin

Matcha Kurama 20g Tin

A distinctly rich and flavourful Matcha from a tea gardens in Kyoto known for its high quality more info »
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"Kaga" Bocha

A traditional roasted (Houji-Cha) tea from Kaga in the Hokuriku region. Appreciate its full-bod more info »
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Japanese green tea

Here at LUPICIA Australia, we bring you the best selection of freshly picked Japanese green tea: including Sencha, Shincha, Gyokuro, Houjicha and Matcha.


History of Japanese Green Tea

The tradition of drinking tea in Japan came originally from China, dating back to the Tang Dynasty around 1500 years ago, although it may actually date back further.

Modern tea plantations in Japan can be traced back to the 12th century when they were mainly cultivated by Buddhist monks, and interestingly, the Matcha form of green tea was most popular.

Nowadays, Japanese green tea is grown all over Japan except in the colder, northern areas.


Sencha

Sencha traces its history back to the 17th century when it first became popular amongst the Japanese. Today it's the #1 form of green tea consumed by both Japanese & tea drinkers all over the world.

Sencha is produced from green tea grown under full sunlight, as opposed to Gyokuro. The highest leaves & shoots are picked when young resulting in an overall higher quality finished tea.

As soon as the tea is picked, it is processed with steam to stop oxidation. The tea is then dried & the leaves are processed into their final "needle" like shape. The amount of processing is kept to a minimum which accounts for the fresh, green taste of sencha and helps to preserve the multitude of healthy properties & components.

We have a wide range of Japanese sencha green tea on offer here at LUPICIA. Feel free to browse or contact us if you have any questions.


Shincha

The term shincha translates literally to "new tea" & refers specifically to the new harvest or first harvest of Japanese green tea. It is renowned for its fresh and subtle sweet flavour. The shincha harvest begins in the the warm southern region in early Spring and follows a northward path much the same as Japan's famous "sakura" cherry tree blossoms.

Shincha is very popular locally in Japan so it is hard to find good quality product internationally. Fortunately, here at LUPICIA, we specialise in all kinds of Japanese green tea & offer shincha (new harvest) tea every year. Sign up to our mailing list at the bottom of this page so we can keep you informed!


Gyokuro

Renowned as the highest quality form of Japanese green tea, Gyokuro is the most expensive and rare of all the green teas.

What sets gyokuro apart is the method used to cultivate it. Firstly, a shade cloth made from a special kind of traditional black fabric is used. This results in only around 10% of the sunlight being able to filter through. Sometimes, straw is added on top of the shade cloth to reduce the sunlight even more.

What does this "shade-grown" method achieve? Science has shown us that it causes a retention of chlorophyll which results in a reduction in bitter tannins. Furthermore, the shade-grown effect means gyokuro has higher levels of theanine and fructose which accounts for the naturally sweet & potent taste. Also, the leaves and shoots grow differently compared to sencha. They are more delicate, small and darker in colour which further represents its uniqueness & results in a more pronounched needle type shape.

Because Gyokuro is so famous & rare, it can be difficult to find the authentic article. The same goes for all quality green teas. That's why it is always best to deal with a highly reputable company that sources its tea direct from the source via Japan. LUPICIA is a perfect example. In fact, our parent company is Japanese & is of course based in Japan! Read more about us here.