Meban Bancha
Yabukita P. Free

Super Premium mountain bancha made from young leaves and buds from between the 1st and 2nd harvests (meban). Yabukita cultivar from the top terroir of Honyama. Certified organic. 100g
Character Exceptionally round and soft, pleasant umami, embedded bitterness, clear, notes of fresh greens and celery
Tea Garden A renowned, young tea farmer located in one of the top regions for producing sencha and bancha
Terroir Honyama, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan
Harvest Between the 1st and 2nd harvests (芽番; meban), May 2022
Cultivar Yabukita (100%)
Elevation 450m above sea level
Steaming Normal (chumushi, approx. 30 seconds)
Shading No shading
Organic Cert. JAS, EU certified organic
Laboratory Tests Radioactivity (region as of 08/2018)
Grade 95/100 p. (bancha category); Super Premium

Delivery : 1–3 business days

Incl. VAT, excl. Shipping

€85.00 / 1kg
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Tea Farm

We source this meban bancha from a young and renowned tea farmer specialising in the production of classic Shizuoka sencha and high-quality bancha.



A pleasant and thirst-quenching bancha from an expert tea farmer in the prime terroir of Honyama. The Yabukita cultivar ensures a wonderfully soft mouthfeel and a well-rounded aroma. The steep slopes of Honyama receive copious sunlight at a high elevation and give this tea a clarity accompanied by a subtle, delicate bitterness.


Fresh green with somewhat long and rough bancha leaves


Soft, orangey yellow


Bancha is a key component of the Japanese green tea tradition and is made from the larger leaves of later harvests, with premium banchas being produced from leaves of the early intermediate harvest (meban). The tea is very mild and alkaline-mineral. An important macrobiotic tea, ideal to enjoy in the evening.

Laboratory Tests

We go to great lengths to identify the finest organic tea farms across the world’s most celebrated terroirs. All our teas are sourced directly from the farmer and, with a few exceptions, are certified organic or come from pesticide-free farms. Each batch of tea for every harvest is tested for pesticides and other pollutants in an independent German lab to ensure they meet our strict quality standards as well as HACCP food safety requirements. Likewise, the regions of Japan from which we source our teas are tested for radioactivity for every harvest.

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Cultivation & Processing

The tea field is located in the steep, mountainous landscape of Honyama above the Shizuoka River. It is perched high above the valley and protected from both sides by forest. The south-facing slopes ensure ideal drainage as well as copious sunlight. The high elevation and regular morning and evening fog create a perfect bracing climate to stimulate the growth of healthy tea leaves. Since 1990 the fields have not been treated with pesticides and have only been fertilised with natural products. Only a few dozen kilos of this tea are harvested each year, using hand-operated machines. Honyama is considered one of the best growing regions for sencha in Japan.

Single Origin

A renowned young tea farmer located in one of the top growing regions for bancha.

Organic Certification


Brewing Guide

2 heaped teaspoons per 100–300ml (60°C) water. Steep for 2 minutes. Suitable for several infusions.


High-quality, airtight, resealable standing zipper pouch with 9 protective layers to preserve flavour and protect against oxidation and contamination.

Recommended Teapot

The ideal teapot for this tea is a brown Kyusu or Dobin designed for bancha (which allows it to develop a more full-bodied flavour). For a more neutral taste, a black tokoname kyusu with a fine ceramic strainer can be used.

Recommended Storage

A high-quality tea caddy made of cherry bark (solid wood, kabazaiku chazutsu) is ideal, though any airtight tea caddy with internal coating will suffice.

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