Published On: Fri, Oct 24th, 2014
Food | By Dion

Best Ocha Tea To Try in Japan

Ocha

Ocha

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Ocha tea is one of the most important beverages in Japan. Tea, or what in Japan called ocha is an important part of Japanese culture. Green tea is the most common tea in Japan, and when Japanese people mention ocha, and then they usually refer to green tea. Green tea is also the main element of the traditional tea ceremony. So, ocha or tea is not a mere beverage for Japanese, yet it is also one of the most important parts of their culture. Variety types of tea are consumed and widely available everyday at any moment. Below are several types of green tea made from tea plants

 

Matcha

Matcha

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Powdered Green Tea (Matcha)

Matcha is only made with the best quality of tea leaves, which then dried and milled into fine powder. Matcha is the kind of tea that is served in the traditional tea ceremony. No wonder that only the best tea leaves are used. To serve matcha, you need to mix the tea powder with hot water.

 

Residual Green Tea (Konacha)

Konacha is considered as the lower grade of tea. This is because Konacha is made from tea buds, small tea leaves and tea dust remaining after going through a process called sericha or gyokuro. Though consider as the lower grade of tea, konacha is known to go well with particular foods such as sushi. This type of tea is usually provided at cheaper sushi restaurant as self service beverage.

Konacha

Konacha

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Roasted Green Tea (Hojicha)

Hojicha is known for its unique aroma. This type of tea is made by roasting tea leaves. The roasting process gives the tea leaves their reddish brown color characteristic. The heat of the roasting process also gives the tea leaves certain chemical changes, which causing the tea to have distinctive sweet and slightly caramel-like aroma.

Hojicha

Hojicha

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Aside from Matcha, Konacha and Hojicha, there are also other kinds of green tea from plants such as green tea mixed with roasted brown rice or Genmaicha, Chinese tea or Oolongcha, black tea or Kocha, and also tea with jasmine flower or Jasmine-cha. At restaurants, green tea is oftentimes served for free at the end or with the meal. At cheaper restaurants, lower grade green tea is also free for self service. Some gardens or temples usually served green tea such as matcha or ryokucha for their visitors. The tea is normally served to the visitors in a tranquil tatami room with beautiful views. If you happen to enjoy drinking tea, especially green tea, these days, many types of Ocha tea are widely available in supermarkets.

 

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