I was introduce to hōjicha by my host mother in Japan several years ago, and I was finally running out of the hōjicha she gave me as a parting gift, so I was very glad to be able to source some of equal quality here in the UK. It makes a delicious strong cup, and what I really love about it is how many times it can be re-brewed, with a subtly different flavour each time. By the end it is very mellow and almost sweet, but still with its characteristic roasted fragrance. This is one of my favourite teas to have with a meal.
I couldn't find a decent Hojicha until I tried this one. A very nice and fragrant malty flavour without being too overpowering, I really like it!
Love the tea, and had been ordering the 100g cannister, which is cardboard/compostable. So this time I ordered the 250g pouch, but was disappointed that it seems to be packaged in non-recyclable plastic. Is there a better option please?
The table below shows the approximate brewing/infusing times for the different tea types.
It assumes around a 2.5 to 3g serving but it is not an exact science so experiment to find the perfect brew time to suit you.
It is best to use freshly boiled water - so if you've got some water left in your kettle from before - pour it out and start again!
|Tea Type||Approx Brewing Time (mins)||Water Temperature|
If you don't have a fancy kettle which heats the water to different temperatures then a tip to for brewing green & white teas is to put the boiling water into the teapot or mug first and then add the tea. It will have cooled down a bit just by touching the cold teapot. That's what I do anyway...