Houjicha is a traditional style of Japanese green tea made with bancha tea leaves from the autumn and winter harvests. An additional hot roasting step transforms bancha by way of the maillard reaction into light brown leaves that brew an amber-red infusion. While it looks dark, Houjicha is technically a green tea, offering a uniquely smooth flavor with accents of chocolate, coffee and roasted barley. The roasting step also slightly lowers the caffeine level, making for a mild cup that is delicious any time of day or night.
Tasting Notes: Amber colored infusion with a smooth flavor and accents of chocolate and roasted barley
Ingredients: Organic green tea.
This tea originates in Japan. Explore the tea regions of Japan below. View Japan Tea Origin Map in a larger map
Water Temperature: 185°F
Leaf to Water Ratio: 1 tablespoon per 8 ounces
Steep Time: 3-4 minutes
Kyusu Brewing from Rishi Tea on Vimeo.
For the best infusions, we recommend brewing this tea in a Tokoname teapot
We encourage you to experiment with the quantity of tea leaves and the length of the steep time to find your desired brew strength. Varying the water temperature isn't recommended, as water that is too hot will over-extract the bitter components of tea, while water that is too cool might not fully draw out the aromas and flavors of tea.
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By Dave B. on May 11, 2012
Weymouth, MA United States
I've had houjicha from several different vendors in Japan and it has all been excellent. This one from Rishi is as good as the best I have had. So far I have only cold brewed it in the Essential Tea Pitcher, as I've always heard that houjicha is excellent iced or cold. I have to say that I wholeheartedly agree! Rishi's houjicha is smooth, very flavorful with a pleasant and mild roasted taste, and considering it's exceptional quality, it is also a good value. I've had cheaper houjicha's that were excellent, but this one is exceptional and the quality justifies the higher price. A definite 5 stars for this excellent tea!
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