Roasted in a porcelain pot, over a bed of charcoal, hojicha is unique from all other types of green tea, which are steamed. Literally translated, its name means roasted tea – “Hoji” meaning roasted, and “Cha” meaning tea. Here are 5 things we think you’ll want to know about this Japanese favorite.
1. Earthy and rustic flavour
In a process which was perfected in Kyoto during the 1920s, the charcoal roast allows the leaf to change from green to golden brown, giving it a distinctive, warming flavor. Hojicha taste is similar to roasted nuts – earthy and rustic, with hints of caramel.
2. Many health benefits
Commonly served as an after-dinner drink in Japan, hojicha benefits have been noted to include a stomach calming effect, high levels of antioxidants, low calorie content, and a decrease in blood pressure. Hojicha caffeine levels are low, which makes it perfect for a relaxing evening drink, or enjoying a quiet moment of contemplation.
3. Hojicha brewing is very simple
You’ll need just a simple tea infuser to brew a perfect cup of Hojicha. Unlike Sencha, Hojicha can be brewed using boiling water without damage of flavor. Heat your water to around 212°F, and add your hojicha loose leaf, leaving it to brew for anywhere from 30 to 90 seconds, depending on how strong you like your tea.
4. Iced hojicha and hojicha Latte
While you can enjoy it as a warm drink, a popular alternative is an iced hojicha. Take two tablespoons of hojicha, and add 7oz of boiling water. Leave it to brew for about one minute to make a strong infusion which won’t be diluted by any melting ice, and pour it over your cup or glass of ice cubes. Add a dash of agave or sugar syrup if you like a sweet drink. A hojicha latte follows roughly the same recipe, except you’d pour your strong infusion into 7oz hot milk instead of over ice cubes.
5. How to pronounce Hojicha?
Ready to ask for your first cup of this delicious, refreshing drink? Hojicha pronunciation is not complicated – split the word into its 3 syllables, and pronounce each syllable distinctly and quickly. Hoe, jee, char. Or, try it at home and order some of Nanami’s organic hojicha. Versatile and bursting with benefits, we’re sure you’ll love it as much as we do.