Sencha Benifuuki
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Benifuuki tea made from 1st harvest (ichibancha) tea leaves. Contains EGCG and ECG. Asamushi steaming. Sourced directly from the tea farm on the Pacific island of Tokunoshima in Kagoshima, Japan. 100g
The strongest of all green teas. The rare first harvest of the cultivar Benifuuki has particularly high levels of bitter compounds (No. 1 for EGCG and ECG, as well as the highest percentage of methylated catechins). In addition, Tokunoshima enjoys the highest sunshine duration in Japan, which further enhances the catechin content. Only briefly steamed to preserve the catechins.


Character Mixture of black and green tea characters (Assam x sinensis hybrid)
Tea Garden Tokunoshima Seicha, Mr. Yuki Toyomura
Terroir Tokunoshima Island, Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan
Harvest 11st harvest (ichibancha), end of April, 2022
Cultivar Benifuuki (100%)
Elevation 125m above sea level
Steaming Short (asamushi, 30-40 seconds with increased distance from steam outlet)
Shading No shading
Laboratory Tests Radioactivity (Region 11/2019)
Pesticides (08/2018)
Grade 90/100 p. (sencha category); Premium
95/100 p. (benifuuki category); Super Premium




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Tea Farm

Tokunoshima Seicha

This second-generation family-run business is led by Yuki Toyumura (豊村友樹), who is one of the leading producers of benifuuki in Japan. The tea farm is located on the picturesque and incredibly sunny island of Tokunoshima, and specialises in the cultivation of benifuuki tea. The 15 hectares dedicated to benifuuki comprise the largest single farm by size for this green tea variety in all of Kagoshima.



The plant variety benifuuki is a cross between Camellia sinensis var. sinensis and var. assamica. Of all green teas, the young benifuuki leaves from the first harvest contain the highest proportion of special bitter substances (EGCG, ECG). The intense sunlight on Tokunoshima Island also supports the plant's synthesis of catechins. To retain those catechins, the tea leaves are only briefly steamed (asamushi). The tea tastes like a hybrid of green and black tea, and thus can be very strong and delicately bitter with limited umami, yet also balanced and natural with slight astringence.


Typical for benifuuki: broken and coarse, with few stems; deep green with some lighter components.


Relatively dark green with a touch of assam brown


Benifuuki tea is a relatively new type of Japanese green tea that is appreciated for its nutritional richness. Of all green teas, benifuuki has the highest concentration of catechins (EGCG, ECG, methylated catechins EGCG3"Me / -4"Me). This tea is especially robust in flavour with a distinctly bitter aroma. Premium benifuuki have a balanced flavour despite the high concentration of bitter substances (catechins).

Cultivation & Processing

The small Pacific island of Tokunoshima is located just north of Okinawa, in southern Kagoshima. The region is well-known for its intense sunlight and subtropical climate. Under these conditions, the tea plants can synthesis an especially high concentration of bitter substances.

The benifuuki tea is steamed only briefly (in a method known as asamushi) to preserve the special, methylated catechins in the tea leaves.

Single Origin

This tea is exclusively sourced from the above mentioned tea farm in Tokunoshima. Sourced directly from the tea farmer.


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 benifuuki is a black tokoname kyusu with a fine ceramic sieve. This style of teapot smoothes out the flavour of the bitter substances, and is a great all-rounder for green teas.

Recommended Storage

Ideally store in a quality tea caddy made from cherry tree bark (wooden, kabazaiku chazutsu) or an airtight, double-coated metal tin.

Laboratory Tests

The purity of our formulas is important to us. This is why we have both our raw ingredients as well as our finished products extensively tested by independent laboratories to confirm purity and active ingredient content. Here, we have provided the results of some of the tests carried out on this product.

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