Pig Hog wrote:Also, sencha-ko konacha vs hanako konacha...? Is hanako roasted or anything, or just made with bancha leaves?
It is strange... seeing as they claim it is sencha in the description but it is under bancha on their site. Perhaps they mean the other meaning of bancha, as in local tea but that seems strange to me as well and I doubt that is the case. Possible they are using sencha as a stand in for ryokucha (green tea), as sometimes people use them interchangeably. Hanako, as shown on the package, isn't a word as far as I know... the kanji used for hanako makes sense phonetically, as it is hana + ko, but the kanji would read kafun for pollen and not hanako. I suppose this is some creative licensing on their part to use the alternative readings for the kanji, but ultimately it appears useless to understanding the product. Hanako is apparently brewed up by just pouring through the flakes once and straining immediately, which is something you certainly can do with regular ol' konacha. Honestly, no idea what the difference is here... I'm pretty sure it is not roasted as they do have a "houjiko" as well. In the end, I think the price speaks volumes. One is 7 (senchako) for 100 grams and the other is 3.50 (hanako) for 200 grams. I think one is indeed sencha, the other surely bancha.