Kyoto Uji Hojicha Powder
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Hojicha (焙じ茶) meaning ‘roasted tea’, is a roasted green tea which produces a unique character and nutty flavour.
This tea has a naturally sweet taste and a pleasantly woody aroma.
In ancient Japan, tea leaves belonged to the higher classes of society. The lower segments could only enjoy tea after the best spring tea leaves were harvested for the higher classes. This was nearing summer, and the tea leaves would have grown bigger and broader, not to mention thicker. Fine flavours were usually absent, whereas earthiness and harshness were the usual flavour profile. Sometimes, better grade teas were made available to them, when higher grade teas were rejected, or when the tea have become moist from poor storage, or were the unwanted parts from processing higher grade teas. The teas were roasted dark to dry them, and to drive off undesired odors, or simply to rid the older and tougher leaves of earthy characters. Such teas become the hojicha we enjoy today. Despite its humble beginning, our hojicha is processed with the same effort as a high-classed sencha to deliver a consistent and balanced flavour.
We have been to the farm and seen their processing. Practically no hands touch the leaves from harvest till bagging. At the factory, the entire process is done by a chain of machines hygienically.
|Steamed, Rolled, Dried, Roasted, Ground
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