Bancha is a very common, coarse or rough tea. It is generally composed of lower grade tea leaves, which are divided into two kinds: large leaf, and small leaf. Neither is particularly suited to a sophisticated palate. Served, for the most part, free in Japan (those located within the country of Japan) restaurants.
Sencha is a tea with three quality levels: high, medium and low. It is manufactured from the tender top two leaves and the shoots for the high and medium grades and from the third from the top leaf for the low grade. However, the processing of these leaves is most important in producing a high-grade tea. It must be done using the utmost of care, patience and love. Without these attributes it becomes nothing. It is used, primarily, to add to the enjoyment of fine Japanese foods.
This is the absolute finest grade of Japan leaf tea. In tea terminology it is considered to be sweet. It is very, very fragrant and this fragrance adds to the overwhelming appreciation of this magnificent Japan Green Tea. It can be consumed with only the very best of Japanese cuisine but more often simply by itself. To add to the glory of this tea, it is often prepaired for serving to a loved one or to an especially endeared friend. If you wish to impress a client, your employer or another important person then this IS the tea of preference.
This is probably the finest green tea in the world. It is, however, NOT a whole leaf tea. It is a powdered tea and must be prepared to exacting standards using exacting methods for it to return to the preparer its profound qualities. It is exceptionally smooth and easy to drink. It brings a smile to the palate that spreads throughout the entire body. An amazing tea. A perfect balance between aroma, taste and vision (the three quality characteristics sought after in a tea). It is high in several vitamins including vitamin C. Matcha is used exclusively in the Japanese Tea Ceremony or Chanoyu.