Japanese loose leaf teas and matcha powder
Tencha’s mission is to spread our love and appreciation for Japanese teas and tea farmers to our fellow tea drinkers here in london and the UK.
There is a world flavour to discover and we aim to help our customers explore this fascinating land of tea.
Our wish is for our customers to understand the dedication and hard work that goes into creating these loose leaf teas and believe traceability is key. Celebrating the farmers, producers and artisans who create the teas, matcha powders and tea ware we sell.
Japanese tea is our passion and we believe it should be enjoyed at any time of day and for any occasion.
Osada Tea: Koshun Oolong
Izumi no Shiro
Our Top Picks
A selection of our current favourite loose leaf teas and matcha
From Sencha to Matcha there are so many variations of green tea to enjoy
There is a whole world of loose leaf green teas to explore.
From sweet and subtle sencha to umami rich gyokuro and nutty roasted hojicha take a look through our wide range of specially selected Japanese loose leaf teas from farms we know and trust.
Sencha green tea can vary greatly depending on the cultivar, harvest season and steam time. Sencha is generally unshaded meaning the umami in the tea leaves has not had a chance to develop.
Rather than steaming to stop oxidisation, Kamairicha is "pan-fired" or "pan-roasted" green tea.
This gives the resulting tea a more cooked, vegetal flavour.
Kukicha is stem tea. The stems and stalks that are processed but not used for sencha, kabusecha and gyokuro still have lots of flavour and make a delicious brew.
Genmai "rice" green tea is a blend of toasted rice and green tea. This delicious tea pairs well with food as it has the roasted, nutty aroma of the rice with grassy green tea.
Umami rich and sweet Gyokuro is a shaded loose leaf green tea with low astringency and bitterness. This tea works best when brewed at low temperatures.
Japanese craftsmanship at it's best
More Than A Matcha
Although Japan is probably best known for its loose leaf green teas and matcha powder there is so much more to offer in the world of Japanese tea.
Produced and grown by farmers across Japan we have a selection of black tea and oolong as well as fermented and blended herbal infusions
Goishicha, is a very rare folk tea made on the island of Shikoku. This tea goes through a double fermentation process giving it a slightly sweet and sour flavour.
Black tea production is becoming more prevalent across Japan. Unlike black teas from some other tea producing regions, Japanese black Tea or Wakocha is much lighter, naturally floral and contains very little tannin.
Koji, better known for it's use in the creation of miso or Japanese sake can also be used to produce interesting new flavours in loose leaf tea.
Although not well known for producing Oolong teas, some Japanese tea farmers have started to explore this type of tea production with their own cultivars producing some beautiful results
Based in West London, Tencha takes its name from the leaves used to make matcha tea.
We are passionate about spreading our love for Japanese loose leaf tea to our customers in London and across the UK.
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Excellent quality items and service by Tencha! This was a gift for my friend’s wedding and they loved it a lot.
I love this tea so much! It transforms with each brew. So amazing.
This tea is quite mild tasting but is very pleasant. I enjoyed this tea a lot.
I really enjoy this tea. A great taste and the tin is so cute! Excellent for rebrewing and is very refreshing.
The little blocks the tea come in are kind of cute and the aroma from the tea when dry is a little unusual but appealing. When brewed up it is delicious and good for rebrewing a few times. I enjoyed this a lot
This green tea blend is lovely and it's nice hot or cold. I'm a big fan of sakura flavour so this was great for me!
This blend tastes great and has a pleasant aroma. It's also good for rebrewing a couple of times. The storage tin looks very nice on the shelf. I enjoyed this a lot so ordered more pretty much straight away!
I love green tea and this is one of the best I have had
This Gyokuro smells much sweeter than others I have tried. If the instructions are followed it still coats the tongue with a lovely umami flavour but retains a lighter sweetness which is quite nice.
This chasen is wonderfully crafted. Having previously only used cheaper (and mass-produced) chasen, I was very pleasantly surprised to see the noticeable difference in overall quality with this one compared to anything else I'd used until this point. I particularly value the fact that the bamboo hasn't been treated with any chemicals, something I hadn't even known to look out for with others. And the use of this chasen is a joy: I find the matcha froths more easily and that the whisk clearly is an overall better implement. Worth the added cost. And also to support those crafting the bamboo. A deep bow to all involved. Time for some tea!
Love the herbal tea from here, and this is amazing addition I take this to work trying this won’t leave you dissatisfied, love the flavours
A complex tasting matcha with subtle bitter notes. I found out of the few I have that it worked well on its own for a more stronger tasting usucha or as a short matcha latte (50ml water, 70ml milk of choice).
Great colour and froths well.
Purchased as a gift for my husband along with the tokoname teapot. Beautifully crafted, so dainty and really special to hold. Not at all heavy as they appear to be.
Purchased as a gift for my husband. The teapot is beautifully crafted, delicate and makes a wonderful green tea.
This is delicious don’t know about the health benefits but sure makes me feel good when I have drink 400g of the tea I will update on health benefits