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Daichi First Crop Japanese Tea

Daitinoshun (Daichi) - First Crop Japanese Green Tea (Loose Leaf)

First Crop of the Season (Ichiban-cha)

In Japan, green teas are categorized as first, second and third based on when it is being harvested.

  • First harvest of the season is called Ichiban-cha.
  • Second harvest is called Niban-cha
  • Third harvest is called Sanban-cha  (Some farms do not even pick the third harvest)

This is also called "New Crop" (or Shin-cha). Since it is the first harvest, this is refereed as "Syun" or seasonable (Japanese culture value the concept of "Syun". An example of it is the famous Haiku, where the word “Syun” must be used in the short poem). The characteristic of the first harvest is the still “young” tea leaves, which are richer and clearer in aroma.

Benefit of First Crop Green Tea

Compared with the second and the third harvest, first harvest contains less catechin, which brings less astringency. First crop also has less caffeine, but has more amino acid, which is the prime component of the sweetness and umami element.

Green tea plants take in nutrients during winter, and deliver the nutrients to the leaves as it blooms in spring time. Traditionally in Japan, the first day of the spring is February 4th and it is called Rissyun (literally translates to "spring stands up") and the 88th night is considered to be the best first day to pick green tea. It is believed that by consuming the tea leaves harvested on this day, a healthy year lays ahead of the consumer. Therefore, the first crops are popular gift items in Japan.

Health Benefit: 

 Good for Diet (High in Polyphenol, Catechin, EGCG Element)
 Reduces Absorption Activity in Stomach (High in and Gallic acid)
 Makes Skin Smooth  (High in Taedenol Element)
 Rich in Vitamin C and E
 0 Cholesterol, 0 Sodium 
 Low in Caffeine (34mg per cup - third of coffee)

Steeping Guide

Steeping Guide - Hot

  1. Dissolve 2 teaspoon of powder into 8 Oz of hot water. We recommend about 175°F for most common green tea.

    Please note that our product page has different recommended temperature based on type of tea between 175°F- 185°F; however, 175°F can be the most common and standard temperature that would work for any type of our green tea.

    Steeping Guide on JapaneseGreenTeaIn.com

  2. Wait for 60-120 seconds  (Please follow steeping guide on the product for specific time based on type of tea.)

  3. Use mesh strainer to filter out the green tea leave and serve hot

Steeping Guide - Cold

  1. Dissolve 3-4 teaspoon of powder into 30 Oz of cold water.  For best result, use filtered water, bottled water. Alternatively, you can boil water and let it cool down until room temperature. 

  2. Keep in refrigerator for 3 hours or more. Key point is to use longer time to dissolve. This way, sweetness increases, and it does not break down theanine and vitamin C.  For best result, let it sit for overnight. 

  3. Stair the water first, then use mesh strainer to filter out the green tea leave and serve cold.