Our Hoji Cha is roasted Kuki Cha (twig tea), while many others are roasted Ban Cha (late-harvest Sen Cha). Twigs have very nice sweetness and fragrance. Hoji Cha is roasted in a porcelain pot over charcoal and fired at a high temperature, alternating the leaf color from green to reddish-brown. This process causes the roasted flavors to dominate and virtually replaces the vegetative tones of standard green tea. Its toasty, caramel-like flavor and low caffeine content make it appealing to tea drinkers of all ages.
Origin: Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan.
Brewing: 1.5 teaspoons per 16 ounces hot water (195 degrees). Steep 2-3 minutes.