Our Hojicha is rich and rounded with a sweet biscuity aroma reminiscent of roasted nuts and toast. Produced using first flush sencha that is slow roasted over low heat to preserve the amino acids and retain the umami flavours.
Hojicha was invented in the 1920’s when a tea merchant in Kyoto had surplus stock of green tea leaves that he did not want to waste. He roasted them in an effort to preserve them and resulted in a new style of green tea.
Origin: Yakushima Island, Kagoshima prefecture, Japan
Flavour profile: Biscuity | Toast | Roasted nuts
Processing highlights: Hojicha is processed like all other Japanese green teas, it is steamed, rolled and dried. However, at the drying stage Hojicha is subjected to a final roasting process. This roasting changes the leaf colour, taste, aroma and nutrient composition.
Harvest: Spring 2019
Tea Master: Watanabe family