Hojicha (焙じ茶) meaning ‘roasted tea’ ,is still a green tea although it is not green in colour. This type of tea is, unlike common green tea, brown in colour as the leaves are roasted in order to achieve their unique character and nutty flavour. Hojicha can originate from either Sencha, Bancha or Kukicha but most often one would find it made from the slightly bigger and coarser leaves of the sun- grown Bancha or Kukicha. As these leaves are more dense and show a firm structure they are not so heat sensitive and can easily be further processed by roasting after steaming and drying. For roasting the tea leaves evenly a charcoal or sand roasting technic is often used for the final step. By bringing the tea to a high temperature almost all of the tea’s caffeine is extracted from the leaves. This makes Hojicha a wonderful drink throughout the day and especially suitable for the evening. Due to its roasted flavour it is often consumed by people who want to change from coffee to tea.
Hojicha Tea Benefits are derived from the antioxidant compounds that are naturally found in the camellia sinensis plant where it and all types of green tea come from.
Hojicha tea is a type of Japanese green tea that is produced by roasting bancha or even sencha and kukicha green tea leaves over high charcoal heat, usually using a porcelain pot.
Due to this process, hojicha tea gets a savory flavor with a refreshing and caramel-like roasted taste and virtually no bitterness.
Also because of this process, there are some antioxidant catechins lost in the hojicha tea.
Though hojicha tea is colored light to reddish-brown, it is still considered green tea. It contains the lowest level of caffeine of any Japanese tea.
Hojicha tea is popularly served during or after the evening meal. It is frequently served before bed as its lower caffeine content makes it milder and serves as an ideal relaxation tonic.
To make hojicha tea for a typical 12 oz cup, simply place about 3 teaspoons of hojicha green tea in newly boiled water. Let the mix stand for about 30 seconds to 1 minute. Discard the tea leaves and serve.
While hojicha tea decidedly contains less of the tannins and antioxidants found in other types and varieties of green tea, it still packs considerable amounts of these substances.
The following are the health benefits attributed to hojicha tea:
- Hojicha tea may help enhance the immune system. It may thus help in the fight against diseases caused by viruses and bacteria.
- Hojicha tea may help protect against cardiovascular diseases.
- Hojicha tea may help protect against cancer and tumors.
- Hojicha tea may help in weight loss.
- Hojicha tea may help tooth decay.
- Hojicha tea may help usher in relaxation.
- Hojicha tea may help in the maintenance of overall well-being.