How to Prepare

Vail Mountain Coffee & Tea Co. recommends using 1 tsp of leaves for every six to eight ounces of water. Each of the measurements below are based on an 8 oz cup.

A basic starting principle is if your tea is too strong, use less tea at a lower temperature. If the tea is too weak, use more tea at a similar temperature. As a good rule of thumb, you generally want to let the water for all teas sit for about a minute, as you don't want the water to be quite at its boiling point.

Most teas can be steeped a second, third or fourth time, depending on the tea. Keep in mind that the amount of tea you use will depend also on the leaf size. Some teas like Egyptian Chamomile are large and may require up to a tablespoon for each cup. While a dense tea like Temple of Heaven Gunpowder will require less tea. There is a lot of flexibility when it comes to tea. Try changing the amount, temperature, and time to discover new flavors within each cup.

Harney & Sons Japanese Sencha

$ 15.95

This is Sencha can be found in homes throughout Tokyo. It is a very approachable green tea, and a fine choice for everyday consumption. Try (and travel with) this box of 20 individually wrapped tea sachets. Each wrapped sachet brews a 12 oz cup.

Quantity: 20 individually wrapped tea bags per box.

Ingredients: Green Tea. All Natural.

Certifications: Kosher, 1% For The Planet

Details: The Kaburagi family has sold to Americans for over 110 years. They are well known in Tokyo and throughout Japan as a preeminent supplier of tea. They supply this pleasant Sencha from central Shizouka. To keep the price somewhat reasonable, teas are chosen from the middle of the season.

Dry Leaves: The leaves from this tea are a medium lime green color. Since this is a traditional sencha (futsumishi) the leaves are more identifiable than in the deep steamed (fukamushi). 

Liquor: The liquor is a medium green, not as intense as the Ichiban. The green is a truer green than the Bancha, which tends to be more yellow.

Aroma: Japanese Sencha has pleasant spinachy notes, with slight roast flavors that are a similar to a toasted bread.

Caffeine Level: Caffeinated

Body: As a mid-season Sencha, this green tea has good levels of amino acids and more body than most green teas.

Flavors: A pleasant green tea. The mild vegetal flavors with light accents of citrus and toast make this a tea that can handle all your moods- every day. 

Brewing Time: 3 minutes

Brewing Temp: 160˚

How to Prepare

Vail Mountain Coffee & Tea Co. recommends using 1 tsp of leaves for every six to eight ounces of water. Each of the measurements below are based on an 8 oz cup.

A basic starting principle is if your tea is too strong, use less tea at a lower temperature. If the tea is too weak, use more tea at a similar temperature. As a good rule of thumb, you generally want to let the water for all teas sit for about a minute, as you don't want the water to be quite at its boiling point.

Most teas can be steeped a second, third or fourth time, depending on the tea. Keep in mind that the amount of tea you use will depend also on the leaf size. Some teas like Egyptian Chamomile are large and may require up to a tablespoon for each cup. While a dense tea like Temple of Heaven Gunpowder will require less tea. There is a lot of flexibility when it comes to tea. Try changing the amount, temperature, and time to discover new flavors within each cup.