Because Hojicha is roasted it gives this tea a mellow, slightly nutty flavor. The roasting process also produces low-caffeine, making it a wonderful evening tea.
Hojicha has been one of the most commonly enjoyed teas in Japan since its discovery in the 1920's. Because of its low-caffeine property, it has been enjoyed by children, the elderly, and even patients in hospitals.
Bring filtered or spring water to 160°F. Add 1 tsp of tea leaves to an 8oz cup. Pour boiling water over the tea leaves and let steep 2 minutes.
- Chinese roasted green tea to Japanese specifications