Bamboo Houjicha Green Tea

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Bamboo Houjicha Green Tea

10.75

$0.54 Per Cup

50 Grams (1.76 Ounces) / 20 First Steeps

Origin: Nakayama Village in Fujieda: Shizuoka, Japan

Farm Name: NaturaliTea

Farmer: The Kinezuka Family

Cultivation Method: All Natural

Don’t let the brown color and odd appearance of this tea fool you, it is indeed a green tea!  Houjicha is a very popular type of tea in Japan.  Most green teas are steamed, Houjicha is roasted.  This roasting process minimizes any bitter taste and brings out the savory, smoky, nutty flavors.  This particular Houjicha is crafted from leaves harvested in Autumn by roasting the leaves and stems.  The roasting also minimizes the amount of caffeine, making it a good option for children.  The brewed tea has a caramel brown color and a nutty smell.

NaturaliTea is owned by the Kinezuka family in Shizuoka, Japan.  Their tea is grown at an altitude of 1,150 feet (350 meters).  The Kinezuka family has been practicing natural farming techniques since the 1970’s and their family is highly respected in Japan for this.  Ayumi, the eldest daughter, is now running the farm.  She graduated from an American University but returned to Japan to carry on the family business and to help keep tea farming alive in Japan.

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Steeping and Storage

Use 2.5 grams (2 teaspoons) of loose leaf tea per 6 ounces of water.  Steep with water ranging from 175 to 195 degrees for 1 to 2 minutes.  Can be re-steeped up to 5 times.  If making iced tea, double the amount of tea leaves used and keep the time the same; sweeten while steeping and when done steeping pour over ice.

Keep in mind that these steeping instructions are merely a suggested starting point.  Everyone has different tastes and preferences and you can adjust the amount of tea used and the steep time accordingly.  If you would like your tea to have a stronger taste, add more tea leaves.  Conversely, if it is too strong, use less tea leaves.  It is quite fun to play with the temperature of the water and the steep times to bring out different tastes and textures in the tea!

Loose leaf tea should be stored in a cool, dark, and dry environment away from strong odors that the tea will most certainly absorb (do not store in the refrigerator or spice cabinet).  It is best to store it in an air tight container as this will reduce the amount of oxygen that interacts with the tea and thus preserving its life.