Tea: NaturaliTea Houjicha

Grower: The Kurihara Family

Origin: Shizuoka, Japan

Harvest Date: Autumn 2013

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Houjicha is a roasted Japanese green tea with warm, sweet flavors. The roasting of the tea brings out a rich, smoky flavor and removes the bitterness associated with green tea. The sweet, mellow taste is a favorite for children and novice tea drinkers. The roasted leaves also have reduced caffeine, making this the perfect tea to enjoy at night.

How To Brew

Use 2 grams (1 teaspoon dried tea leaves) for 8 fl. oz. water in your favorite teapot or infuser (use bottled drinking water for best flavor, let boil and sit to cool slightly). Steep for 30 seconds to 1 minute to bring out the full flavor of the tea. Leaves may be infused at least 3 times. This tea is also refreshing iced; brew same proportion tea leaves to water for 2-3 hours in cold water.

These are suggested brewing instructions. We encourage you to experiment and share your own brewing methods as you continue to grow in the tea culture. If you're new to tea this is a good way to start.


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Region: Shizuoka, Japan