Ryokucha vs Sencha: Japanese Green Tea
“Ryokucha (緑茶)”, or Japanese green tea comes in many varieties and various forms, and in Japan, vending machines selling green tea PET bottles can be seen in every corner of the city.
Representative types of Japanese green tea include “Sencha (煎茶)”, “Matcha (抹茶)”, “Hojicha (ほうじ茶)”, “Bancha (番茶)”, and “Gyokuro (玉露)”, and among these, Sencha is the most common.
The Difference: Ryokucha vs Sencha Green Tea
It seems many people confuse Ryokucha with Sencha because several customer service centers of Japanese beverage companies have answered the question on the difference between the two green tea.
Ryokucha, literally meaning Green Tea in Japanese, is the word for Japanese green tea in general, which includes Sencha, Matcha, Hojicha, Bancha, and Gyokuro. Ryokucha is unfermented tea processed from raw green tea leaves.
Sencha is a type of Ryokucha. The green tea leaves of Sencha are grown without blocking the sunlight through the entire cultivation process. The picked leaves are first steamed, then rolled, shaped, and dried.
The resultant Sencha green tea has a moderate astringent taste and a refreshing aroma. It is the most loved tea in Japan and accounts for over 80 % of the tea produced in the country.