Gourmet teas straight from Japan, selected for you by our sommelier

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Loose Leaf Tea

In order to remain authentic and ensure high quality, Teas of Japan sells only loose leaf tea. The large number of categories of loose leaf tea below reflects the diversity of Japanese tea. With the exception of a few rare Japanese black and Oolong teas, all of the teas (even the hôji-cha, which is brown in colour!) are green tea leaves. Variations in the way the tea is grown and processed make it possible to create different Japanese green teas.  
All of the descriptions of our green tea leaves include the type of tea, its origin and the cultivar, but if you find yourself a little lost among all these loose leaf teas, please do not hesitate to ask us questions by email.
Sencha
Sencha
The most widely enjoyed Japanese tea. Harmony between mellowness and astringency. Sencha accounts for nearly 3/4 of Japan’s tea production, so it naturally makes up our largest choice of loose leaf teas.
Kamairi-cha
Kamairi-cha
Unlike other types of Japanese green tea leaves, which are steamed to stop oxidation, kama-iri cha is dried using the Chinese method, by direct contact with heat in a kind of wok. It has a very special fragrance.
Gyokuro
Gyokuro
Luxurious expresso of Japanese tea, with a strong, sweet flavour. Grown in the shade, gyokuro is the quintessence of the Japanese green tea leaf.
Tamaryoku-cha
Tamaryoku-cha
A close cousin to sencha, tamaryoku cha is also known as guri-cha The special feature of this loose leaf tea is that it is not rolled into needles, but twisted into curly shapes. This is a kind of loose leaf green tea that is produced mainly in Kyushu.
Kabuse-cha
Kabuse-cha
A green tea midway between sencha and gyokuro.
Matcha
Matcha
The famous powdered green tea used in the tea ceremony. Like gyokuro, matcha is made from green tea leaves grown in the shade.
Black tea & Wulong
Black tea & Wulong
While they are not made from green tea leaves, black tea and semi-oxidized Oolong-style tea are produced in Japan, though they are very rare.
Hôji-cha <br />& genmaicha
Hôji-cha & genmaicha
Two types of Japanese green tea that are popular for their fragrances: hôji cha is roasted green tea leaves,and genmai cha is a green tea with which toasted rice. These types of Japanese tea are often considered everyday low-quality loose leaf tea, but they also can be high quality products if made from high quality raw material.
Kuki-cha
Kuki-cha
Kukicha is a green tea made mostly of tea stems picked out during the finishing stage of sencha or gyokuro.