This fragrant and refreshing brown-colored tea is made with Japanese sencha green tea. After roasting green tea, the tea color changes to brown and the flavor becomes mellow and sweeter than green tea. This tea is known to be beneficial for children and the elderly because roasting reduces the caffeine content.
With a nutty taste and a finish of molasses and burnt sugar, Hojicha is a unique tea in that it has a “roasty” flavor that no other tea has. Interestingly enough, this “roasty” flavor makes Hojicha taste quite a bit like freshly roasted coffee. (goldenmoontea.com)
Honjicha tea catechins are good at preventing heart disease because they appear to cause blood vessels to dilate. This promotes good blood circulation.
How to enjoy Honjicha:
Heat filtered water to 80°C (175°F), and pour 250 ml of water over the Hojicha in a circular motion. Let the Hojicha steep for one minute. Enjoy it warm or pour the Hojicha over ice cubes for a refreshing summer drink.