Hojicha -   - Harney & Sons Fine Teas
Hojicha - Loose 1 lb. Bag - Harney & Sons Fine Teas
Hojicha - Loose 2 oz. Tin - Harney & Sons Fine Teas


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Hojicha, a Japanese specialty, contains roasted twigs from some of the best tea gardens in Uji. One of the joys of Japanese food stores is the smell of fresh roasted Hojicha. It is reminiscent of coffee but sweeter. Ours is made from stems and has reduced levels of caffeine in comparison to black tea. 

Ingredients: Roasted tea stalks and twigs. 

Mike's Rating

2 Briskness
2 Body
5 Aroma
 Details: The Japanese are a thrifty lot. Hojicha is another creative use of tea by-products. Hojicha was commercialized when mechanical harvesters were used in Japan (there is a labor shortage there). The tea plant was shorn of everything, and the mess was separated later. The best leaves became Sencha, the larger leaves became Yanagi, and the stems Hojicha. Tea terms in Japan have several meanings, and Hojicha can mean several types of tea. For us, it is roasted twigs.
 Dry Leaves: No leaves at all, just small, light brown wooden stalks. Caffeine is concentrated in the tender leaves and decreases in the tough stems, so there are low levels of caffeine in the brew.
 Liquor: Unlike other green teas, the liquor is caramel brown.
 Aroma: Gently reminiscent of roasted coffee, with more sweet caramel coffee notes (at least that is our memory from when we drank coffee).
 Flavors: Roasted coffee.
 Caffeine Level: Caffeinated
 Body: Medium-bodied, much less bodythan coffee.
 Brewing Time: 1 to 2 minutes
 Brewing Temp: 160º