Sencha is the most common and widely known type of Japanese green tea. Sencha is steamed green tea made from the finest young leaves. It contains no or almost no stems, has superior fresh flavor and taste, and also a high content of caffeine. It is also famous for it’s health benefits, like reducing the blood pressure and preventing caries. Sencha is harvested in spring and in summer. The first spring picking, occurring between end of April and first half of May, is called Shincha, which means "new tea“ in Japanese, or Ichibancha, "first flush tea“. About six weeks later, Nibancha, "second flush tea“, is harvested. 80% of green tea in the world can be classified as Sencha.