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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.

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.
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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
Quality
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38%
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2 star :
13%
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The Absolute Best Review by Kate
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. (Posted on 5/19/14)
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Unique Review by Ashely
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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! (Posted on 4/18/14)
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Enjoyable Review by Furumachi
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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. (Posted on 2/16/14)
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Tried a sample and bought a tin Review by Allodola
Average Review:
I tried a sample of this tea, liked it, and bought a tin. My sister liked it too because it's gentle to her sensitive throat which makes it easy to drink. It's rustic and even nostalgic somehow. (Posted on 3/14/13)
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Underestimated! Review by Emily
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This tea is deffinatly underestimated! It has a super unique and nutty flavor. One of the women I talked to at Harney & Sons told me that this tea is full of fiber which is kind of a cool point! So far I've been enjoying this! (Posted on 9/13/12)
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Perfect Review by Shoaib
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This tea has an interesting nutty, smoky taste, and smells a bit like wood. Very unique flavor, and doesn't get bitter at all. Does not require any sugar, either. I love being able to drink it without worrying about my caffeine intake as well. (Posted on 2/20/11)
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Best Hojicha I've ever tasted Review by Nana
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I'm a long-time tea lover and tasted a variety of teas. Hojicha is one of my favorites and whenever I go to Japan, I bring a lot of them back home. But this Harney Hojicha is my personal best so far. I'm really surprised that the other reviewer said this tastes bitter because I like its smoothness most. Hojicha tastes a bit similar to barley tea but more clean and subtle. Of course, everybody has his own taste when it comes to tea -or anything for that matter- but if you're new to Hojicha and want to taste something different, I'd heartily recommend this Hareny Hojicha. It'll be a perfect 'entry' tea. (Posted on 3/7/10)
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Roasted hojicha stems vs. the competition Review by Lisa
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Ive tasted 3 different types of hojicha, and this one is the most Bitter : I will not purchase again. When they say stems, they mean STEMS... no leaves... All Stems. You have to have an aquired taste for it, or go back to the leafy versions, which IMO is a smoother taste. I cant rate it 1 Star, because their might be something more bitter than this. (Posted on 8/6/09)
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