Houjicha is a popular Japanese roasted green tea.
This unique tea is made during the last few weeks of the tea harvest. As a tradition, the large pale green tea leaves (known as ‘Bancha’) are steamed, dried, and then roasted. It is the roasting process that makes Houjicha special. During roasting the leaves take on a brownish hue and become permeated with a rich savory fragrance. The roasting reduces the amount of caffeine, making Houjicha ideal to drink in the evening and after meals.
Hojicha Tea is very high in antioxidants. It acts as a natural cleansing and detoxifying agent, helping to flush out unwanted and harmful radicals from the body.
Use 2 tsp of tea leaves (2-3 grams, or 3 teaspoons) per 8 oz. of water, 180-190 F. Steep for 2 minutes.
To cold brew, use 2 teaspoons of tea leaves (3g) per 8 oz. of room temperature water. Store covered, in the refrigerator, for 6-8 hours. Strain and enjoy over ice.