“Ban-Cha” means common or ordinary tea in Japanese.
It is an everyday tea, less expensive than many other Japanese teas.
It is made from coarser, less tender grades of leaves harvested later (e.g. summer and autumn, as opposed to spring.)
Its full flavour allows it to go well with food. It has a tinge more of bitterness, while higher grade green teas are sweeter (because they have less bitterness.)
It is served in handle-less cups somewhat larger than formal Japanese tea cups.
Use about 5 oz (150ml) of hot, boiling water per serving.
Let steep for about 20 seconds.