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HOJICHA

Hojicha is roasted at high heat to release a smoky, caramelized flavor. The roasting process depletes most of the leaves’ caffeine, making this soothing, delicious tea an ideal after-dinner drink for mindfulness and relaxation.

Hojicha is roasted at high heat to release a smoky, caramelized flavor. The roasting process depletes most of the leaves’ caffeine, making this soothing, delicious tea an ideal after-dinner drink for mindfulness and relaxation.

Respecting the leaf

How Hojicha Is Produced

Hojicha Grows on a Tea Plantation in Japan01

Hojicha tea begins as either Bancha or Sencha leaves, growing in direct sunlight to produce higher levels of vitamin C and flavor-imparting tannins.

Sencha is Harvested in the Spring02

The “first flush” is the first spring harvest of young Sencha leaves, considered as the highest quality and flavor.

Once Harvested, Bancha Leaves Are Steamed, Not Roasted03

This is the step that differentiates Japanese green tea from others. Steaming leaves for 15 to 20 seconds within 12 to 20 hours after harvest prevents the oxidation process.

Steamed Leaves Are Laid Out to Dry and Then Rolled04

By rolling the leaves soon after drying, the leaves retain their natural green color, aroma, and nutritional elements.

Hojicha Leaves Are Separated and Roasted05

Tightly twisted leaves are set aside to use for Sencha, while coarse leaves and stems are used for Bancha. Hojicha is usually crafted from Bancha leaves, but some varieties are made from Sencha. It roasted over charcoal at a high heat to produce its rich, savory flavor. Hojicha is available in twisted-leaf form as well as roasted stem form.

Did You Know? Hojicha is popular among children and the elderly in Japan for its low caffeine content.

Brewing Directions

How to Brew Hojicha

Begin your journey to mindfulness by choosing from six premium varieties of high-quality, craft Japanese green teas below.

  • Hot Brew

  • Cold Brew

step1

Place 1 tablespoon into a tea strainer.

step2

Boil 1 cup of water and let it cool for 90 seconds.

step3

Pour water and steep for 30 seconds. Sip and enjoy the moment.

step1

Place a tea-bag in a tea pitcher filled with 2.5 cups of cold water.

step2

Refrigerate for 30 minutes.

step3

Shake the tea pitcher 10 times and take out the tea-bag.

step4

Pour a cup, sip and enjoy the moment.

*Please refer to the specific directions on your tea’s packaging for best results

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