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Hojicha – Roasted green tea


What is Hojicha?

There are many kinds of Japanese green tea but one of the common teas is called “Hojicha.” Hojicha is a kind of green tea which uses roasted green tea leaves. Because Hojicha is roasted, the color of the tea leaves is mostly brown. Hojicha can be purchased at a store, too but by roasting green tea, you can also make your original Hojicha at home. In general, you would use an earthenware baking pan to roast the leaves but you may also use a pan if you don’t have an earthenware baking pan. Heat the pan and pour the leaves into the pan once heated. Keep moving the pan while roasting the leaves for a minute or less. Once you start to smell the tea leaves, you can stop roasting.

How to make good Hojicha tea?

In general, you don’t need to leave too long after pouring hot water, which should be 90 °C (194°F) degrees or higher, into the Hojicha leaves. As soon as you finish pouring all the hot water into the leaves in a pot, you can start serving your tea in a cup. That way you may enjoy the rich tea flavor of Hojicha. It is better to warm your teacup before pouring the tea in it. If you prefer caffeine less tea, then use Kukicha (stem tea) instead. Same as normal green tea, you can roast it with a pan.

Hojicha tea has a lot of good health benefits such as high in antioxidants, stress reliever, and lower cholesterol levels. How about a cup of Hojicha tea instead of a cup of coffee for your break today?

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