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Made during the last few weeks of the tea harvest, Hojicha is a popular Japanese roasted green tea. As a tradition, on the bit, coarse, pale green leaves (also known as ‘Bancha’) are steamed, dried and then roasted in small batch ovens in making Houji-cha. Connoisseur grade Houji-cha, like this one, requires precise roasting time and oven temperature. The roasting reduces the amount of caffeine, and therefore makes Houji-cha ideal to drink in the evening and after meals.
- Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan
- Buttery, with hints of toasted grains and honey, caramel and a pleasant buckwheat aroma.