Houjicha can be found in every Japanese household and represent the taste of home cooking. Drink them separately or add one spoon of any combination for a custom blend that is uniquely yours! Produced by farmers that pour their heart and soul into these simple yet deeply satisfying teas and the aroma will instantly transport you to the Inaka countryside of Nara.
1. Saemidori Kamairi May 2021 Harvest
Kamairi is a style of Japanese green tea that was the first method tea was made in Japan - long before sencha. Instead of being steamed, dry heat from a kama, or iron pan, is used to gradually dry the tea. This technique was invented in China and came to Japan via Korea. Using dry heat also creates a matte-colored leaf that is curly from being tossed.
Deep toasted aroma with tropical fruit notes and a buttery aftertaste.
2. Shaded Yabukita Houjicha
100% Yabukita consisting of stems and coarse leaves, shaded for two weeks and picked late in the spring. This is the roasted version of Karigane and is considered a staple in every Japanese home. Produced by a six-generation tea family that specializes in growing only kabuse sencha. Shaded Yabukita Houjicha. Spring 2021
Robust, malty, smokey, sweet caramel after taste.
3. Ichibancha Houjicha
Ichibancha is any tea picked in the first season of Spring and makes up almost 90% of the entire harvest of tea in Japan. There are two or three more picking season, depending on the quality that will continue through the summer. The stems and coarse leaves of this houjicha are the only from first picked teas and has been fired at a very high temperature for a very short time. This has left most of the color green and yellow and accentuated the aroma and sweetness. The tea liquid brews into a golden yellow and the creamy aroma fills the entire room. The taste is bright with very little astringency and becomes lighter with each successive steeping making it perfect for a long drinking tea.
Fruity strawberries with a slight roasted overtone but still delicate and sweet
4. Roasted Black Soybean Kuromame
This amazingly satisfying herbal is roasted fresh in house in small batches to produce a vibrant roasted aroma and taste. Comprised of 100% Sengoku black soy bean cultivar from Hokkaido that is much smaller than a regular black soybean but has the same weight and more nutrients. The weight comes from the thickness of the skin where all the nutrients are stored. After brewing, the beans are completely edible and make a delicious and unique snack!
Sweet, nutty taste with a strong roasted aroma