Instant Hojicha

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  • “Very, very interesting tea taste. I mixed the water and powder (which I thought was matcha, but turned out to be brown Hojicha...gotta read the label). So after mixing and whisking this...” Read full tasting note
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Hōjicha (ほうじ茶?) is set apart from other Japanese green teas because it is roasted in a porcelain pot over charcoal. The tea is fired at high temperature, altering the leaf colour tints from green to reddish-brown.

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Very, very interesting tea taste. I mixed the water and powder (which I thought was matcha, but turned out to be brown Hojicha…gotta read the label).

So after mixing and whisking this Hojicha, I let it cool for a second and sipped it. Of course I believe that in the first sip or so is where you notice the most flavor. Here’s what I tasted:

- Coffee. Since Hojicha is roasted in a ceramic pot over charcoal, it was no surprise that the powder was NOT bright green, but a light brown (almost looked like sawdust).

- Chocolatey Sweetness. Now notice I didn’t say chocolate outright. I thought about it, but the fact that it didn’t taste like the cocoa bean, but rather the sweet taste of it in GENERAL was what I noticed.

- Flavorful note aftertaste. I’m not sure how to explain this, but the aftertaste of this stuck on my tongue, probably due to its powderyness. Anyway, there was an almost sticky-sweet aftertaste, like a donut taste or something. I don’t know, a bit tough to explain really. Verry pleasing though.

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205 °F / 96 °C

Oh sad day! I think I’d cry if I made this and thought it was matcha. No, wait. I’d cry, puke, then cry again. One time I put salt in my chai latTEA mix instead of sugar. I cried because I wasted a cup of instant unsweetened black tea lol. There are so many powdered teas out there. I’m going to buy some powdered sencha and hope that satisfies my matcha craving so my matcha lasts longer.


Well no worries, it was actually a pleasant surprise! I reallly enjoyed it! But I’ll admit I was in the mood for matcha :)

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