Other namesCommon Tea

Quick descriptionMore widely available in the West. A late season crop, goes well with food.

Bancha (番茶) is a type of Japanese green tea. It is harvested from the second flush of sencha between summer and autumn;[1] the first flush is harvested for shincha.

It can be found in a number of forms such as roasted, unroasted, smoked, matured or fermented for three years and even post-fermented. For example, goishicha.


Bancha is harvested from the same tea tree as sencha grade, but it is plucked later than sencha is, giving it a lower market grade. It is considered to be one of the lowest grades of Japanese green teas.[2] There are 22 grades of bancha. Its flavour is unique and varies depending on the type.

Flavours range from smoke, roasted nuts, green grass, earth, soil, wet leaves, some of the types of bancha have a stronger straw smell.

See also


  1. ^ Xenia, Blanco (Aug 24, 2020). "Let's talk about bancha!". The Japanese Tea Hub.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ Tsuji, Shizuo (2007). Japanese Cooking: A Simple Art. Japan: Kodansha International. p. 332. ISBN 978-1568363882.