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Brown Toast, Cedar, Dry Grass, Roasted Barley
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180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec 5 g

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This is only my second time having hojicha, it reminds me a lot of genmaicha but less intense. Roasty toasty!

There’s just really nothing special about hojicha to me. If I wanted this taste, I’d more likely go for genmaicha.

Kasumi no Chajin

I love both, interesting that I find genmai less intense :)

Kasumi no Chajin

I also just got in Den’s Houji-Genmaicha :D


I love both of them, need to write on genmaicha soonish…I’m a sucker for roasted and smoky ones. Sigh. Tough life. But yeah, hojicha is more plain when compared to genmaicha, but then again it makes a very good companion tea for other flavors which one can enjoy in pastries and whatnot. Or a good tea for a good whiskey on the side. Whichever comes first.

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1113 tasting notes

Today I have been drinking cheap bagged tea because last night I burnt my tongue on some (presuambly) delicious Indian soup I made and it STILL hurts and my taste has been dulled :(

Usually if I burn my tongue it feels fine the next day! This is too weird!


Having said all that, I do find this cheap Hojicha oddly comforting! The roastiness reminds me a bit of genmaicha :)


Hmmm interesting, I have some hojicha I haven’t tried, really should dig that out and give it a go if it’s like genmaicha.


Hope the burn heals quickly. I hate it when that happens. Yamamotoyama is one of my favorite cheapster steepsters and this hojicha has been in my stash for quite a while.

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I admittedly haven’t had any other Hojicha’s, but I rather enjoy this one. Doesn’t taste too burnt – it’s just nutty and toasty tasting. I used 2 level tsp in a 12 oz cup and did 2 steeps at about 1 minute and 2 minutes.

180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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Although it doesn’t say on the package, I can tell by looking at it that it is bancha. Sure, it may be the lowest grade of Japanese green, but I think it is ideal for Hojicha. You wouldn’t want to waste a good sencha or, heaven forbid, a gyokuro, on this type of process. Because of it’s low-caffeine content, I drink it in the late evening without any side effects. Today, I steeped the tea three times in my gaiwan before calling it quits.

Flavors: Brown Toast, Cedar, Dry Grass, Roasted Barley

175 °F / 79 °C 5 g

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