- Roasted Green Tea -
Brewing: 1 tsp per cup ~ 80°C ~ 3 mins
Hojicha is a traditional style of Japanese tea developed in Kyoto in the 1920s. Once the last harvest of Bancha has been picked it is steamed and then roasted in a pot over a charcoal fire. This gives a very distinct red colour to the leaves and a nutty, toasty flavour to the brew.
Country of Origin: Japan, Kagoshima Prefecture.
Cup Characteristics: Roasted Japanese Bancha tea with warming and soothing character and chestnut-like toast notes.
Infusion: Tending orange in colour
Ingredients: Luxury roasted Japanese green tea.
Caffeine Content: Low.
Antioxidant Level: High.
A smooth and toasty flavour reminiscent of roasted chestnuts. This tea has a low astringency giving it a gentle sweetness and an earthy slightly umami flavour instead of the usual vegetal flavour of the Japanese Senchas.
A little more about how Hojicha is produced:
Our Hojicha is produced using a 3rd flush Bancha style leaf known in the tea business as Sanbancha. This is the last harvest of the year and as a result, the leaves are left on the plant a little longer. The leaves are plucked and traditionally steamed and dried like Sencha. Next, the dried leaf is roasted over a low heat - the low roasting temperature imparts a sweet toasty aroma. This roasting process results in a tea with a reddish colour and a light cup with a very unique flavour.
Try pairing our Hojicha with Asian themed meals and notice how well it cleanses the palate - a refreshing tea that is as good hot as it is poured over ice. In Japan, this tea is often drunk by children during meals and by adults before bed. This is because of the high antioxidant levels and low caffeine content. The roasting process removes much of the tea's caffeine.