Organic Houjicha

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Bark, Bread, Burnt Sugar, Caramel, Cinnamon
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205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec 41 oz / 1212 ml

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Our Organic Houjicha is a made from roasted organic Bancha. Besides being organic, Houjicha contains the lowest level of caffeine of any Japanese Green Tea.

Origin: Uji, Kyoto
Harvest: Between 2009 First and Second Harvests
Species: Yabukita

Tasting Profile:
It has an earthy soil aroma and a relaxing taste.

Den’s Preferred Brewing:
Water: 4oz boiled
Leaves: 2 grams or 1 heaping teaspoon
Steep: 30 sec
2nd Cup: Water boiled; Steep 15 sec

For a cup of Iced Tea: Put 50% more tea leaves into a teapot. Steep as directed for hot tea. Once you brew it, put ice into the cup to lock in the aroma.

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2816 tasting notes

The weather is cold & foggy today and since I’m still feeling kinda oooky, I decided I really wanted some of this. With the sweet, roasted chestnutty type of flavor, it’s like comfort tea for yours truly. Enjoying this now with a bowl of split pea soup.

See previous notes for more info. :)

Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

<3 Houjicha…….feel better!


Thanks Scott! I went to the Dr. today, should be on the mend soon.


Hope you’re feeling better now! Mmm, Houjicha is like comfort food in a cup.

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280 tasting notes

This is delicious! Got it from a local cafe.
It has a creamy note, in addition to the sweet roasted flavors of a normal houjicha.
I would put it at just slightly better than Den’s regular “Houjicha Gold” , however, since I got this from a cafe, I don’t get to try multiple infusions or smell the loose leaf and get a real feeling for the tea, so I’m going to rate it the same.

oOTeaOo sent me a teabag version of this same stuff, and that, too was excellent.

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3205 tasting notes

I loved this.

My eldest daughter, Superanna, is planning a trip to Japan and loves matcha but had not tried other Japanese teas. I placed an order of Den’s special teas for her to try, thought about it some more, ordered some MORE teas for her to try, and bought the adorable CAST drinking glass for myself for my flash chill greens and whites this summer. (I thought about it some more and ordered her some gyokuro today and an extra glass for Ashman.)

Since I had placed two orders I got two free samples and both were of this tea, marked that it should be enjoyed in May 2023. I kept one sample and gave the other to her.

So yesterday afternoon I was in dire need of a snack and I had made cookies for Ashman, so I decided to have a couple of oatmeal white chocolate chip cookies and this tea. What a great combo. This tea was so rich and nutty. The instructions said to pour the entire pouch of leaves for one eight ounce serving and it was a LOT of leaf. But I did what they said. It was so good, and the rich, bold flavor was excellent with the sweet cookie.

I have just talked myself into having hojicha and cookies again this afternoon…wish you guys could join me.


Aw, sounds perfect. I just learned about the ice-melting technique to brew gyokuro — haven’t done it yet myself, but others’ reactions are resoundingly positive if y’all are looking for some inspiration!


I did try the ice method last year with a green (I do t remember what it was now) and it took FOREVER for the ice to melt! Ha ha! But I thought I would pass the suggestion on to my daughter!


I want to try the ice melt thing!


Me too — perfect summer plan!

Marshall Weber

Sounds great! Still need to get around to trying Hojicha at some point.

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One of my “go-to” teas. Tried many other Houjicha’s and this is the best! Smoky and subtle nice full flavor – does well on second brew.

Flavors: Bark, Bread, Burnt Sugar, Caramel, Cinnamon

175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 50 OZ / 1478 ML

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