Tea Reviews

Have You Heard of It? Our Fukamushi-sencha Maki

An entry-level fukamushi from our catalog, the Fukamushi-sencha Maki comes from a well-known Fukamushi-sencha producing area, Makinohara. It is an excellent all-around tea, especially if you are new to fukamushicha aka “deep steamed tea”. Something to be noted though: fukamushicha tends to have coarser leaves than regular sencha . This is because the tea goes through a longer steaming time than regular sencha. See if you can tell the difference in the cup between sencha and fukamushi-sencha…

Why the Longer Steaming?

Makinohara is relatively flat, allowing the leaves to soak up all of that glorious sunshine and develop a higher catechin content, resulting in tea that can be a bit bitter. This is actually the reason why the leaves were steamed for longer in the first place, to mellow out the bitterness. With fukamushi-sencha, the cup is more opaque, as tiny tea particles swim around in the brew.

The particles are consumed by the drinker which is another reason why fukamushi-sencha is beloved by many. The drinker consumes tea leaves when drinking fukamushi-sencha, as opposed to asamushi or “lightly steamed” sencha (the sencha that most are familiar). Asamushi sencha tends to produce a clearer, more transparent cup with a texture of the brew that is “thinner” when compared to fukamushicha.

With regard to the Fukamushi-sencha Maki, the extra steaming also tends to result in a milder cup, softening the piercing, brighter notes of the tea. That being said, it is still possible to get a punchy brew of this if using hotter water. Cooler water will definitely result in tea that is more forgiving.

Have we made you interested in trying our Fukamushi-sencha Maki? We hope so, as it is on sale for the month of April (2024). Follow our instagram and tiktok for more tea-related content and feel free to sign up for our newsletter by visiting our website and scrolling to the bottom of the page.