Skip to content


Boiled Tea or Brewed tea?

When Japanese people make tea in everyday life, they prepare tea leaves in a tea pot and add hot water. This way of making tea is called “sen-cha” (“boiled tea”) in Japanese, but it should be called “brewed tea”. Genuine boiled tea was made in Tang China, where people ground brick tea into powder and then boiled the powder in water. Chinese poets of those days often composed poems about this boiled tea, using the Chinese character “sen”. From the 18th century, Japanese people came to drink tea brewed in a tea pot. Some Japanese who particularly admired Chinese culture liked to use the expression “sen-cha” for brewed tea because the character “sen” reminded them of refined Chinese classic poems. Since then Japanese people have continued to call brewed tea “sen-cha”.

Back To Top