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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).
Caffeine Level Caffeinated
Body Overall it is medium bodied, however much less than coffee.
Flavors The lush green flavor of the freshest steamed spinach, the cooked flavor of lightly toasted walnuts and a very slight note of sulfur. Filling and sustaining.
Brewing Time 1 to 2 minutes
Brewing Temperature 160° F

Hojicha

These are roasted twigs from some of the best gardens in Uji, Japan. One of the joys of Japanese food stores is the smell of fresh roasted Hojicha. It is reminiscent of coffee, but sweeter, and has very reduced levels of caffeine.
These are roasted twigs from some of the best gardens in Uji, Japan. One of the joys of Japanese food stores is the smell of fresh roasted Hojicha. It is reminiscent of coffee, but sweeter, and has very reduced levels of caffeine.
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Hojicha - loose tea sample
SKU: 49008-097
$2.00
Hojicha - loose 2 oz tin
SKU: 44369
$4.25
Hojicha - loose 1 lb bag
SKU: 41776
$24.00

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These are roasted twigs from some of the best gardens in Uji, Japan. One of the joys of Japanese food stores is the smell of fresh roasted Hojicha. It is reminiscent of coffee, but sweeter, and has very reduced levels of caffeine.

Customer Reviews

Kate

5/19/14

The Absolute Best
Average Review:

I just received this tea today and have already had 4 cups. This is, hand-down, my absolute favorite tea. Initially I was expecting something close to the flavor of a genmaicha, but am happily surprised to say that isn't the case. This tea has a gorgeous roasted flavor, like you had taken the scent of a campfire in the woods and added it to earthy green tea. It's difficult to describe, but oh so delicious. So far I've tried a different brewing technique with each cup and have found I got the best cup at ~160 F with a 2.5 minute steep. I'm so glad I picked up a 2 oz tin instead of the sample size. I have a feeling I am going to go through this tea very quickly.

Ashely

4/18/14

Unique
Average Review:

If you are looking for a unique green tea I cannot think of anything better than this. This tea has a flavor that can only be described as roasted but I also taste caramel faintly. It could just be me though. Fun fact, Japan has this tea as a kit kat flavor, proving that this tea is much loved in it's homeland!

Furumachi

2/16/14

Enjoyable
Average Review:

I lived and worked in Japan for a couple of years and I love drinking this tea because it reminds me of that authentic taste I had while there.

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