2012/09/23

Needle vs Comma

For most of Japanese, “tea” refers to green tea called as “ryokucha” or “sencha”. But sencha is not only one type.

In order to destroy the oxidizing action of the enzymes, different methods, steaming or pan-roasting, are used. Even for sencha with steaming method, steaming time varies. The shape of tea leaves differs depending on the process.

Most of sencha has needle-shape because the leaves are rolled well at the final stage. But some are comma-shaped tea, which are often called “tama-ryokucha (round-green tea) to distinguish from the needle-shaped one.

Which would you prefer? It is really up to you!


 needle-shaped tea :  photo by T

  comma-shaped tea (tama-ryokucha) : photo by T -