About this tea
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.
Organic green tea
Based on a 8oz cup of tea made with suggested steeping method relevant to the tea type. An average cup of coffee contains about 90 – 120 mg / 8oz cup.
Water Temperature: 185°F
Leaf to Water Ratio: 4 grams per 8 ounces
Steep Times: 1 minute (1st infusion), 45 seconds (2nd infusion)
For the best infusions, we recommend brewing this tea in a Kyusu teapot.
Kyushu Island, Japan
May - June
Yabukita, Sakimidori, Okumidori, Saemidori, local varieties