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Tencha is the style of tea that Matcha is ground from. Each May, Japanese green tea processors bid on "Aracha" (partially processed leaves). Sometimes there will be 700 samples or more to bid upon each day. We were fortunate enough to join our tea producer for the first day of Tencha bidding - see the attached photos for a glimpse into their tasting room. After claiming lots of tea, these Japanese tea producers will "finish" the leaves, creating the final product of Tencha - or more often, further processing the leaf into ground Matcha.
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Our goal with creating this tea glossary is to help demystify tea and the words used to describe it. We recommend bookmarking this page so you can refer to it when questions arise or print it off and place it on your fridge to learn as you steep. Either way, we hope you find this tea terminology guide to be a helpful resource on your tea journey.
While we love spending our summer days sipping iced tea on our front porch, there is nothing better than wrapping your body in a warm sweater and your hands around a mug of your favorite fall-flavored tea. We have the classics you love and have added a couple of newbies to our lineup this year we think you’ll enjoy.