Kukicha Twig (Organic Japanese)
During the fall in the Uji district, traditional center of the Japanese tea industry, the Nagata family turns to the harvest of tea twigs for Kukicha, the (peasant’s drink+, so-called because farmers drank it after selling the leaves to sophisticated urbanites as a cash crop. The Nagatas carefully select 40% medium 3-yr, 40% thick 10-yr, and 20% thin twigs and leaves aged 1 year, before gently roasting each variety separately to bring out its rich flavor. Because caffeine is concentrated in the leaves, twig tea is low in caffeine and can be drunk even at night. Haiku+ Twig Tea teabags are always two full grams of 100% Nagata Japanese Organic Kukicha Tea, the finest quality in the world. Try it and you will understand why true connoisseurs of Japanese twig tea will drink nothing else.
To prepare hot, add 1 teabag per cup or 4 teabags per 4 cups (a teapot) to cold water. Bring to a boil and simmer, uncovered, for 3-5 minutes. Remove the teabags and serve.