Kukicha
Organic Green Tea

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Kukicha is a traditional green tea unique to Japan. It is created by blending tender leaves, stems and stem fibers called keba that are collected during sencha processing. Kukicha is a perfect example of the Japanese way of making tea, in which no part of the harvest is wasted. Our Kukicha is pleasantly sweet with a lovely greenish gold infusion and creamy mouthfeel. Asamushi sencha provides delicate fresh notes while lightly roasted stems provide balancing sweetness, and tender keba leaf fibers create a full, enriching body. Kukicha is a wonderfully bright green tea that is surprising sweet and ideal for those sensitive to astringency.



Tasting Notes: An enlivening and refreshing green tea with a rich savory-sweet flavor and creamy mouthfeel

Ingredients: Organic green tea.

Additional Info: Green Teas are enjoyed worldwide for their invigorating, fresh character preserved through various crafting styles and firing methods.

This tea originates in Kagoshima in southern Japan. Explore the tea regions of Japan below.


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Water Temperature: 185°F
Leaf to Water Ratio: 1 tablespoon per 8 ounces
Steep Time: 3 minutes (1st infusion), 1.5 minutes (2nd infusion)

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.
Kukicha Citrus Pacific Sole

"This marinade can be used with any tea and ingredients you desire. The beauty of cooking with tea is that you can learn the basics and implement them into your favorite recipes. I used the first infusion for the marinade and I drank the second. This recipe is full of rich UMAMI!"

—Susana Mojica


Ingredients:
The Kukicha Marinade:
2 tablespoons of Rishi Tea Organic Kukicha green tea
8 ounces of water
1 orange
1 lime
1 lemon
grated ginger (to taste)
¼ cup of chopped cilantro
1 sliced jalapeño
3 sprigs of green onion, chopped
salt & pepper to taste

1 pound and a half of wild caught Pacific Sole fillets
1 ½ cup of shiitake mushrooms
½ cup of oyster mushrooms
1 red bell pepper
3 garlic cloves, chopped
2 teaspoons of butter
2 cups of water
1 cup of brown rice
dash of salt

Instructions:
Set oven to 350° F

Step one: Make kukicha green tea
* Boil water (212° F)
* Let water cool to 185° F
* Use 2 tablespoons of tea for 8 oz of water.
* Steep 2–3 minutes
* Pour tea into bowl

Step two: Make kukicha marinade
* Squeeze juice of 1 orange, 1 lime and 1 lemon into Kukicha
* Grate a piece of ginger (to taste)
* Add chopped cilantro, chopped green onions and sliced jalapeño
* Add a dash of salt and pepper
* Set aside half a cup for mushrooms and bell peppers
* The remaining marinade is for the fish

Step three: Prepare rice
* Bring two cups of water to a rolling boil
* Add one cup of rice and bring to a simmer
* Cover and cook for 20–30 minutes depending on rice

Step four: Bake fish
* Place cleaned fish in shallow baking dish
* Add a dash of salt and pepper to each fillet
* Add marinade to each fillet
* Cover and refrigerate. Marinade for thirty minutes.
* Lay each fillet on a greased, flat baking sheet
* Bake for 20 minutes, or until fish is opaque

Step five: Sauté vegetables
* Melt butter and add chopped garlic
* Sauté garlic, and then add mushrooms and bell peppers
* Sauté for two minutes then add remaining marinade
* Cook for an additional three minutes

Pair this dish with 2007 Sustainable White wine from Mendocino County, CA by Parducci, the first carbon neutral winery. Sustainable White has crisp clean aromas and flavors of citrus and tropical fruit, which complemented the rich creamy taste from the Kukicha and the spiciness of the ginger and jalapeño.
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By DanielB on September 10, 2016
Woods Hole, MA United States
Rishi Tea's Kukicha from the Kagoshima Prefecture is my all time favorite tea. Lots of flavor and depth. The stems/twigs add an almost wild earthy character to it that borders on barley or wild rice. I usually let the tea leaves and twigs soak for a day or two while refilling with hot water for drinking, and then eating when they become soft. I also find it to be energizing and soothing.

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By Michael Orlando on August 21, 2016
River Edge, NJ United States
A smooth, everyday drinking Green with mild astringency and an unexpectedly rich savor of rich corn-like essence.

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By Jonathan Willow on August 17, 2016
Reykjavik, Iceland, NY United States
Great kukicha. Please send overseas, specifically Iceland.

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By Jana on January 12, 2013
Tulsa, OK United States
This tea is one of my favorites. It has a great fresh grass flavor that reminds me of the countryside in spring.

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