What is gyokuro, sencha, matcha etc.?

All green teas come from the same Camellia sinensis plant.

What is the difference between gyokuro, sencha and matcha?

They vary in the way they are grown and harvested.

Sencha
Sencha

The most common green tea, about 75% of all teas harvested in Japan is sencha.

Healthy, aromatic, and delicious. Despite its reputation as a "common" tea sencha is highly variable in quality and price.

Gyokuro
Gyokuro

The tea plants are shaded from direct sunlight for approximately 3 weeks before the spring harvest. After harvesting the leaves are rolled and dried naturally.

Gyokuro is slightly sweeter than sencha and has is famous for its crisp, clean taste.

Matcha
Matcha

Finely ground gyokuro leaves.

Matcha differs from gyokuro in that the leaves are not rolled at all.

After steaming, the leaves are thoroughly dried. This is tencha. The tencha is then ground into a superfine powder, and that powder is what is known as matcha. Matcha is the tea of chanoyu (Japanese Tea Ceremony) and whips into a thick, invigorating brew. An excellent morning tea, or an energizing beverage before any form of exercise.

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