Bancha tea also known as “Ordinary Tea” or “Tea of the Poor” is a type of Japanese tea that is found all through the country. This tea is brewed from larger and older tea leaves harvested from the second flush between summer and autumn. Since Bancha tea originates from the second harvest, it is inexpensive and hence, is extremely popular and highly consumed all over Japan. The characteristics of the leaves of this tea are thick and hard and are also called “bulk green tea” or “coarse green tea”
It is rich in antioxidants and low in caffeine. This blend has gained popularity among health-conscious individuals in the recent past.
Bancha tea has two subtypes, namely Hojicha and Genmaicha which are extremely popular due to their unique flavor profile and appearance.
This brew of Bancha can be consumed after a meal as it helps to aid digestion. There are multiple health benefits of drinking Bancha Tea as it contains minerals and iron elements.
Bancha Tea-Benefits and Properties
In Japan Bancha tea is served every day, in every household, and is consumed by one and all. This is a blend of green tea that is not as refined as the other blends available in the market. It has multiple health benefits, a few of which are listed below.
- Rich in vitamin A, calcium, iron, and other elements that are beneficial for those suffering from mild amnesia.
- Drinking this brew is recommended for curing digestive problems and Cystitis.
- It is said to help aid weight loss due to the antioxidant contents that further boost the detoxifying process.
- It also helps in combating cell aging, as well as can alkalize the blood.
- This Tea is low in Theine content and hence, can be consumed by children and pregnant women too.
Bancha Tea is recommended as a part of a macrobiotic diet that has been inspired by ancient Eastern Taoist medicine.
How to Brew Bancha?
This tea is made by plucking the more mature and larger tea leaves. It is usually harvested between late summer and late autumn. This tea has a pleasant sweetness as it is delicately prepared. The preparation of this tea depends solely on the type of Bancha Tea used. There are various types of tea in this category namely, Bancha Tea, Bancha Green Tea, Bancha Twig Tea, Hime Bancha Green Tea, Tamari Bancha Tea. Let us take you through the brewing process of these teas.
The preparation given below is the traditional method for loose tea leaves, however, making this tea with tea bags is equally simple too.
- Fill a teapot with water only and bring it to a boil.
- Once boiled, this water needs to be filled in cups till it is about 80% full. This process will help the water cool down to the desired temperature.
- Add one tablespoon of tea leaves for every teacup to the empty pot and pour the cooled water from the cups into the teapot.
- Let the tea leaves steep for about a minute.
- Pour small amounts of tea into the first cup followed by the others and continue this process till every cup is equally filled.
- Continue pouring till the teapot is empty and only the tea leaves are remaining for the second infusion.
- The second infusion does not need new tea leaves. Pour boiling water from the kettle into the cups and wait for 30 seconds.
- Pour this same water into the teapot with the leaves and let this steep for 45 seconds to a minute.
- Finally pour this brew of Bancha into the cups and enjoy.
In modern times like today where you would like to enjoy a cup of this authentic brew, you can try the unconventional method to brew Bancha tea.
- Add water to a pot and bring it to a boil.
- Add a tablespoon of tea and boil for approximately 5 minutes.
- Strain the tea using a sieve into the desired cups.
- Adding lemon or honey can enhance the taste of this blend further.
The remaining tea leaves in the pot or the strainer can be reused to make another batch of this wonderful blend.
Bancha Green Tea
Bancha Green Tea is an everyday tea and is made with mature tea leaves and stems from the second harvest. Bancha green tea is lightly pan-roasted to give it a sweet nutty flavor with a golden infusion. This blend can be enjoyed as a cold brew as well as a hot beverage.
Bancha Twig Tea
This tea is another variant of Japanese green tea widely found all around the country. Bancha Twig Tea is also known as Kukicha Twig Tea and is rich in assorted minerals, vitamins A, B complex, and Vitamin C. It is also a rich source of flavonoids the popular anti-cancerous polyphenols. Drinking Bancha Twig Tea also helps to fight oral infections, keeps you mentally alert, is good for your skin, is a natural detox agent and it helps to lower the risk of cardiovascular diseases.
Hime Bancha Green Tea
This green tea has a thick, translucent, and golden-green appearance. Bancha green tea by Hime has a mild, salty, slightly sour taste at first, but when water is poured the taste becomes earthy and slightly sweet. It is a full-bodied and satiating tea with woody notes. This blend is also extremely enjoyable as a cold beverage.
Tamari Bancha Tea
This blend is also popularly called “Sho-Ban” and has a strong and refreshing effect. Tamari Bancha tea is said to have properties that help in blood circulation, relieve fatigue, and cures headaches. To prepare it you need to place 1 tablespoon of tamari in a teacup. Pour boiling water into the tea and consume hot.
Bancha in Japanese means late harvest. This tea has a unique flavor and multiple health benefits that can help the body in many ways. It is a refreshing brew that has a mildly sweet flavor and a pleasing roasted aroma.