Bancha Meban
Tenryu Organic

Super Premium 97 P.

One of the best organic meban (highest bancha quality) in Japan, from the top region of Tenryu in Shizuoka. Mountainous terroir. Yabukita cultivar. 80g
Character Very well balanced, silky, fine, sweet, alkaline, nourishing
Tea Garden A cooperative of small tea farms in Tenryu
Terroir Tenryu, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan
Harvest Between 1st and 2nd harvest 2022 (Meban; jp: 芽番), June
Cultivar Yabukita
Elevation 450-650m above sea level
Steaming Short (asamushi, approximately 20 seconds)
Organic Cert. EU certified organic, JAS organic
Laboratory Tests Laboratory tested for radioactivity (Region as of 11/2019) and pesticides (641 substances, as of 01/2017)
Grade 97/100 P. (Bancha category); Super Premium

Delivery : 1–3 business days

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€123.75 / 1kg
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Tea Farm

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



This excellent organic meban unites the advantages of a strong sencha with the alkaline mildness of a bancha. The pleasant and well-rounded yabukita cultivar grows to its fullest in the choice mountainous terroir of Tenryu. The tea has a pleasant complexity and strength, paired perfectly with a wonderfully delicate bitterness. The tea has chlorophyll sweetness and an alkaline nourishing character. One of the best bancha in Japan.


Very fine, long needles (like a sencha), vibrant colour, small proportion of stems


Vibrant light green


Bancha is a pillar of Japanese green tea tradition and typically made from the broad leaves of later harvests, although some premium bancha are made from the leaves of the early interim harvest (meban). This kind of tea is very mild, alkaline and important in macrobiology, making it an ideal evening tea.

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, all the regions of Japan from which we source our teas are tested for radioactivity for every harvest.

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Our comprehensive portfolio focuses on organic, single-origin teas sourced directly from renowned farms. We believe in creating partnerships with farmers who share our values and are committed to sustainable, responsible tea cultivation. Thanks to these strong relationships our exciting range is constantly growing and evolving. As an international team of dedicated and passionate tea experts, we are committed to preserving centuries-old tea culture while ensuring it remains relevant and continues to bring joy in the present. About Yoshi En.

Cultivation & Processing

The tea fields are located in a mountainous terrain near the basin of the Tenryu River. The terroir is characterised by high rainfall (1,500mm+) and mineral-rich soil. The steep slopes require hand-operated harvest machinery.

Single Origin

This tea is exclusively sourced from the above mentioned tea farms in Tenryu. Sourced directly from the tea farmers.

Organic Certification


Brewing Guide

2 heaped tsp 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). A black tokoname kyusu with a fine ceramic strainer would be suitable to achieve a more neutral taste.

Recommended Storage

A high-quality tea caddy made of cherry bark (solid wood, kabazaiku chazutsu) is ideal. Alternatively, a cheaper, internally coated, airtight tea caddy can suffice.

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