Japanese tea in bulk

Choose from our selected assortment of partly rare Japanese teas. You will also find well-known Japanese teas such as the green tea „Sencha“ or the popular Gabalong.

Preparation & Storage of Japanese Tea

The preparation of Japanese tea differs depending on the type of tea in infusion time, water temperature and amount of tea and water. It is therefore not possible to make a general statement about the preparation of Japanese tea. You will find instructions on how to prepare each type of tea in the product description of our Japanese teas. In general, however, the following can be said about the preparation of Japanese tea: The Japanese green tea is first put into a teapot (the typical Japanese teapot is called Kyusu). Then water is heated in a kettle or kettle and poured into the tea cups. The water now cools down to the desired temperature. Then pour the water into the teapot filled with tea. Now be sure to keep to the infusion time specified for each type of tea, as letting it steep for too long will quickly make the tea bitter. Brewing for too short a time, on the other hand, can prevent the Japanese tea from unfolding its full health-promoting effect.

Storage of Japanese tea is an essential ingredient for its success. Protect the unopened package from heat and sunlight. After opening, you should also protect the tea from moisture, strong smells (e.g. often found in the refrigerator), but also from rapidly changing temperatures. It is also advisable to use up the tea quickly after opening. However, don't be afraid to buy Japanese tea: if it is stored at room temperature and protected from sunlight, the most important requirements for the correct storage of Japanese tea are already fulfilled.

Worth knowing about Japanese tea

While people in Japan still enjoy genuine Japanese tea in a tea ceremony, also known as a tea ritual, Japanese tea is nowadays more and more often enjoyed at work, at the end of the day or together with the family over a meal. Japanese tea is becoming more and more popular here in Germany. Tea connoisseurs attribute special powers to Japanese tea: for example, modern women (and increasingly also men) regard it as a "fountain of youth" because of its special preparation method and ingredients, while older people love Japanese tea because of its natural ingredients, which are considered to be particularly healthy. Japanese tea is suitable for young and old alike and is becoming increasingly popular. Japanese tea is trendy!

In Japan, function and simple beauty go hand in hand. This also applies to the tea rooms. Harmony and order reign in them. The constant uniformity of the rows with the elegant surfaces of the tea leaves makes them look like well-maintained ornamental gardens. Japan is the country of the biggest tea. About 90,000 tonnes are produced here every year. Only about 2,000 tons are exported, because otherwise the domestic demand could not be met. The largest tea-growing area in Japan is in the province of Shizuoka. Other tea gardens can be found on the island of Kyushu and in the area around Mount Fuji. The tea is only harvested from May to September. The best quality tea is harvested from May to mid-June. In winter, the gardens are protected against frost with warm air fans. Sencha is the most common type of tea in Japan. It is available in many qualities. It tastes aromatic with a hint of sweetness and a slight bitterness of fresh green. Please note our particularly good qualities, which come exclusively from controlled organic cultivation;

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Table of contents

  1. Meaning of green tea in Japan
  2. Different types of green tea
  3. Making green tea
  1. What is Matcha?
  2. Making matcha
  1. What is Genmaicha?
  2. Taste profile of Genmaicha
  1. What is Hojicha?
  2. Making Hojicha
  3. flavour profile of Hojicha
  1. What is Shincha?
  2. Meaning of Shincha for tea drinkers
  3. Making shincha



Japanese tea - Discover the diversity of the green gold from Japan

In our Japanese tea category you will find a wide selection of high quality teas from Japan. Whether you're a fan of classic green tea or Matcha, Genmaicha, Sencha or Bancha, you will find what you are looking for here. We offer you the best quality at fair prices, so that you can enjoy your tea to the full. Also in organic quality!

Our Japanese tea is suitable for tea drinkers who are looking for special taste experiences and pay attention to good quality. We attach great importance to offering only tea that comes from organic cultivation and has been processed in a gentle way. This way we can offer you tea that not only tastes good, but is also beneficial.
One problem that many tea drinkers know is how to prepare the tea. Especially with Japanese tea, there are some special features to be considered in order to develop the full flavour. That's why we offer you not only a large selection of organic tea varieties, but also accessories such as teapots, matcha whisks and tea strainers. You can also find tips on how to make Japanese tea on our website, so you can always brew your tea to perfection.
If you are looking for great tea from Japan, you will find it here. We offer a wide range of teas, from Sencha über Bancha to Matcha. Each variety has its own taste and preparation method. So you can always discover new tea varieties and take your tea enjoyment to a new level.

The genmaicha tea is particularly popular with us, as it has a very special flavour thanks to the addition of roasted rice. The Bancha tea is also very popular with many tea drinkers. It has a mild taste and is particularly suitable for daily consumption.
Our tip: Why not try our Japanese Sencha tea? It has a fresh, grassy taste and is one of the most popular teas in Japan. You will be thrilled!

Convince yourself of the variety of Japanese tea and order now at Lerbs & Hagedorn. We offer you the best quality at fair prices and are happy to answer any questions you may have. Let us take you into the world of Japanese tea and enjoy the full taste of the green gold from Japan.
The aim of this article is to give you an idea of the different categories of Japanese tea.
Japanese tea is known worldwide for its variety and quality. There are different categories of Japanese tea, grown and processed in different ways. In this article we present some of the most important categories.
  1. Sencha: Sencha is the most common green tea in Japan. It is made from the upper leaves of the tea bush and has a fresh, grassy aroma. The taste varies depending on the growing region and can range from sweet to tart.
  2. Gyokuro: Gyokuro is one of the highest quality Japanese teas. It is grown like Sencha, but the plants are shaded for about three weeks before harvest to slow growth and increase chlorophyll and amino acid content. The result is a sweet, delicate tea with a deep green hue.
  3. Matcha: Matcha is a finely ground green tea traditionally used in the Japanese tea ceremony. The tea leaves are shaded before harvesting and then ground into a fine powder. The flavour is intense and slightly bitter.
  4. Hojicha: Hojicha is a roasted green tea with a mild, nutty flavour. The Röstening reduces the bitterness, making it a popular choice for people who don't normally like green tea.
  5. Genmaicha: Genmaicha is a blend of green tea and roasted brown rice. The taste is slightly nutty and the tanned rice gives the tea a pleasant aroma.
  6. Bancha: Bancha is a tea made from the lower leaves of the tea bush. It has a mild flavour and a golden colour. Bancha is often drunk as an everyday tea, as it is inexpensive and easy to prepare.
These categories are just a few of the many Japanese teas that exist. Each tea has its own history and tradition, as well as its own taste and character. Try different varieties and find out which Japanese tea is your favourite!

Green tea

The Meaning of Green Tea in Japan

As a cultural symbol, green tea has a long history in Japan and is deeply rooted in Japanese culture. Green tea has been consumed as a beverage in Japan for centuries and is an important part of the traditional Japanese tea ceremony. Green tea is also considered a soothing drink and is often associated with longevity and health. There are several types of green tea grown in Japan, such as Organic Japan Sencha, Japan Organic Gyokuro or Organic Japan Matcha. 
In Japan, green tea is not only consumed as a drink, but is also used in many other areas, such as the cosmetics industry.
Overall, green tea plays an important role in the daily life of the Japanese and is a symbol of tradition, health and well-being.

What is the difference between Japanese organic sencha superfine tea and Japanese organic gyokuro tea?

Japanese organic-sencha tea and japanese organic gyokuro tea are both great teas from Japan, but they differ in cultivation and production process as well as taste.
Sencha is made from the top leaves of the tea plant, which grow in direct sunlight. After harvesting, the leaves are steamed and stewed to remove moisture before being rolled and dried. The taste of Sencha is bold, refreshing and slightly bitter.
Gyokuro, on the other hand, is made from the youngest and most tender leaves of the tea plant, which are shaded for about three weeks before harvesting. This means that the plants receive less sunlight, which leads to a higher concentration of chlorophyll and amino acids. The leaves are then processed in the same way as Sencha, but without the Röstung. The taste of Gyokuro is sweet, mild and has an intense umami flavour.
In summary, Gyokuro is a higher quality tea with a more subtle flavour than Sencha due to the shading process.

Making green tea

The production of green tea usually involves the steps of steeping and rolling. During steaming, the freshly harvested tea leaves are briefly heated to deactivate the enzyme polyphenol oxidase and thus prevent oxidation of the leaves. The leaves are then rolled to break up their cell structures and improve the flavour. Optionally, another drying phase can take place before the green tea is ready. In contrast, the production of black tea involves an additional step of fermentation, which is responsible for the characteristic colour and flavour.


What is matcha?

Matcha is a finely ground green tea powder made from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant. It originated in Japan and is traditionally used in the Japanese tea ceremony. Matcha is known for its bright green colour and rich flavour. It is also increasingly used as an ingredient in various dishes such as smoothies, ice cream and baked goods.

Making Matcha

Cultivation and harvesting of the tea leaves
Matcha is made from the leaves of the tea plant Camellia sinensis, which are grown in Japan under special conditions. The plants are grown in the shade to encourage the growth of chlorophyll, which gives Matcha its characteristic green colour. The tea leaves are harvested only once a year, usually in spring.
Processing the tea leaves to make Matcha
The freshly harvested tea leaves are steamed, dried and then freed from stems and veins. They are then ground into a fine powder in granite mills. This process can take several hours, as the aim is to obtain a uniform and fine powder without lumps. The finished Matcha has a bright green colour and a sweet taste with a slightly bitter note. It is traditionally used in the Japanese tea ceremony, but is also used in many other preparations such as smoothies and baked goods. You can find our Matcha accessories for optimal preparation here!


What is Genmaicha?

Genmaicha is a Japanese green tea that is blended with roasted brown rice. The name “Genmaicha” literally means "brown rice tea". The roasted rice gives the tea a nutty flavour and a golden colour. Genmaicha has a lower caffeine content than other green teas and is considered calming and relaxing. It is often served as an accompaniment to savoury dishes or as an afternoon tea.

Taste profile of Genmaicha

  • Nutty taste
  • Lower caffeine content than other teas
  • Light, sweet taste due to the rice Roasted rice and green tea
  • flavours Mild and refreshing on the finish


What is Hojicha?

Hojicha is a Japanese gerün tea. Unlike other green teas, Hojicha is made from tea stalks and leaves that are steamed after harvesting. The steeping process gives the tea a mild, nutty flavour and a golden to brown colour. Hojicha contains less caffeine than other green teas and is often found to be calming and relaxing.

Making Hojicha

To make Hojicha, the tea leaves are first harvested and dried. Then they are steamed in a special oven that is set to a certain temperature. The curing time can vary depending on the desired aroma and flavour. There are different levels of Röst, which can vary from light to strong. The longer the leaves are roasted, the darker the end product will be and the more intense the aroma will be. After steeping, the tea leaves need to be cooled before they can be packaged. Some manufacturers also blend the Hojicha with other ingredients such as roasted rice or Matcha to create special flavours.
Overall, the production of Hojicha is an elaborate process that requires a lot of experience and dexterity to obtain a high-quality product.

Summary of how Japanese Hojicha tea is made:

  • Resting of the tea leaves
  • Different degrees of Röst
  • Cooling and packing of the Hojicha
  • Optional: Mix with other ingredients such as rice or matcha

Flavour profile of Hojicha 

  • Smoky taste 
  • Lower caffeine content than other teas
  • Slightly nutty taste
  • Less bitter than other green teas
  • Röstaromes reminiscent of caramel


What is Shincha?

Shincha is a special type of green tea harvested from the first tender leaves and buds of spring. The name “Shincha” literally means "new tea". This tea has a fresh and lively taste and an intense aroma due to its high content of catechins and other nutrients. Shincha is produced only once a year for a limited time and is especially popular in Japan, where it is considered a symbol of the beginning of spring.

Meaning of Shincha for tea drinkers

  • Freseness and quality.
  • Seasonal availability
  • Taste experience and variety of flavours
  • Cultural significance and tradition

Manufacturing Shincha

Shincha is a special type of green tea made from the young leaves and buds of the first harvest in spring. The tea plantations for Shincha are mainly located in Japan, where the climate is ideal for growing green tea.
The tea trees are carefully tended and regularly pruned to ensure that they receive sufficient sunlight and grow evenly. The first harvest begins in spring, when the young leaves and buds are just starting to sprout. Harvesting is done by hand, cutting only the top fresh shoots. These are particularly tender and contain a high level of amino acids, which give the tea its characteristic flavour.


In summary, we can say that there is a wide variety of Japanese teas. Each tea has its own category and differs in taste, aroma and preparation. When choosing the right tea, you should take into account your personal preferences. When it comes to quality, Japan is known for its high-quality green tea such as Sencha or Gyokuro. However, these are also slightly more expensive than other varieties such as Bancha or Genmaicha.
For those with a sweet tooth, we recommend Hojicha or matcha latte drinks based on green powdered tea.
In addition to the categories presented, there are other interesting teas from Japan to discover - for example Oolong teas (semi-fermented) as well as black and white teas!
All in all, the Land of the Rising Sun offers a wide range of delicious teas to suit every taste!

Customer service

If you have any questions about our Japanese teas, need further information about the sales process or would like to give us feedback, one of our staff members will be happy to help.

Service hotline: 0172/ 9149105.

E-mail: info@lerbs-hagedorn.de


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