All About Hojicha

Roasted Japanese Green Tea

What is Hojicha ?

Hojicha (also romanized as "houjicha") is a roasted green tea. Some hojicha are roasted green tea leaves and some are roasted stems. In terms of the harvest timing, some hojicha is made from first flush green tea and some use bancha , which is harvested in the autumn. There are also various flavor differences depending on the degree of roasting of the hojicha such as :

  • Toasty
  • Woody
  • Nutty
  • Smoky

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Hojicha Benefits

Although Hojicha is different to other Japanese teas such as Sencha and Gyokuro in color, flavor and natural elements, Hojicha also has health benefits. However Hojicha’s health benefits are slightly different to those of other Japanese teas.

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Does Hojicha have caffeine?

Hojicha contains caffeine to some degree, but its amount is much lower than the caffeine amount of other Japanese teas such as gyokuro, matcha and sencha. So why is the caffeine content of hojicha so low? 

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How is it different from Sencha?

The biggest difference between hojicha and sencha is that Hojicha is a roasted version of sencha or bancha. Roasting means its process gives extra heat to tea leaves and reduces the amounts of catechin and caffeine. 

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What is Hojicha Powder?

Hojicha powder is made from hojicha tea leaves and grounding them into a fine powder in a ball mill. In appearance, Hojicha powder is different to Hojicha tea leaves, but its natural elements are basically the same.

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LILIKU TEA HOJICHA LINEUPS

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KUKI HOJICHA

Only the kuki (stems) of first flush green tea are used to kuki hojicha. The sweetness of the stems harmonizes with the roasty flavor of the hojicha. LILIKU TEA have three types of kuki hojicha with different roasting times and temperatures. All of which have a roasty base flavor, but also have different profiles such as sweet, toasty, and woody. 

Kuki Hojicha Light Roast, 3.6oz
Kuki Hojicha Light Roast, 3.6oz
Kuki Hojicha Light Roast, 3.6oz
Kuki Hojicha Light Roast, 3.6oz
Kuki Hojicha Light Roast, 3.6oz

Kuki Hojicha Light Roast, 3.6oz

$14.80
Kuki Hojicha Medium Roast, 3.6oz
Kuki Hojicha Medium Roast, 3.6oz
Kuki Hojicha Medium Roast, 3.6oz
Kuki Hojicha Medium Roast, 3.6oz
Kuki Hojicha Medium Roast, 3.6oz

Kuki Hojicha Medium Roast, 3.6oz

$14.80
Kuki Hojicha Dark Roast, 3.6oz
Kuki Hojicha Dark Roast, 3.6oz
Kuki Hojicha Dark Roast, 3.6oz
Kuki Hojicha Dark Roast, 3.6oz
Kuki Hojicha Dark Roast, 3.6oz

Kuki Hojicha Dark Roast, 3.6oz

$14.80

HOJICHA Classic, Cold Brew and Powder

Classic style hojicha made from bancha leaves,  cold brew tea bags that are made by blending hojicha and kukicha for a milder flavor, and hojicha powder which is perfect for making hojicha sweets and drinks.

Hojicha Classic, Organic, 3.6 oz
Hojicha Classic, Organic, 3.6 oz
Hojicha Classic, Organic, 3.6 oz
Hojicha Classic, Organic, 3.6 oz
Hojicha Classic, Organic, 3.6 oz

Hojicha Classic, Organic, 3.6 oz

$16.95
Plant-Based Sachets:  CALM - Organic Cold Brew Hojicha and Kukicha Blend
Plant-Based Sachets:  CALM - Organic Cold Brew Hojicha and Kukicha Blend
Plant-Based Sachets:  CALM - Organic Cold Brew Hojicha and Kukicha Blend
Plant-Based Sachets:  CALM - Organic Cold Brew Hojicha and Kukicha Blend

Plant-Based Sachets: CALM - Organic Cold Brew Hojicha and Kukicha Blend

$14.95
Hojicha Powder, Organic, 3.5 oz
Hojicha Powder, Organic, 3.5 oz
Hojicha Powder, Organic, 3.5 oz
Hojicha Powder, Organic, 3.5 oz
Hojicha Powder, Organic, 3.5 oz
Hojicha Powder, Organic, 3.5 oz

Hojicha Powder, Organic, 3.5 oz

$14.90

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Hojicha Trio Set - DARK ROAST/MEDIUM ROAST/LIGHT ROAST  30g(1.05oz) x 3
Hojicha Trio Set - DARK ROAST/MEDIUM ROAST/LIGHT ROAST  30g(1.05oz) x 3
Hojicha Trio Set - DARK ROAST/MEDIUM ROAST/LIGHT ROAST  30g(1.05oz) x 3
Hojicha Trio Set - DARK ROAST/MEDIUM ROAST/LIGHT ROAST  30g(1.05oz) x 3
Hojicha Trio Set - DARK ROAST/MEDIUM ROAST/LIGHT ROAST  30g(1.05oz) x 3

Hojicha Trio Set - DARK ROAST/MEDIUM ROAST/LIGHT ROAST 30g(1.05oz) x 3

$23.00

Hojicha Trio Set of DARK ROAST, MEDIUM ROAST and LIGHT ROAST hojicha.

This hojicha trio was realized by the collaboration with the artisanal tea processor, very prominent person in the Japanese tea industry

From light roast to dark roast, each has a different aroma and profile. You can enjoy the variation of hojicha.

This set contains 30 grams (1.05oz) of each of the three types of hojicha.


All hojicha are made from kuki (stem) part of the first flush tea. By using stem part rather than leaves, each tea can be roasted finely and delicately, since stem part is harder than leaves, and it enables to roast slowly.

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Does Hojicha contain caffeine?

Hojicha contains caffeine to some degree, but its amount is much lower than the caffeine amount of other Japanese teas such as gyokuro, matcha and sencha.  So why is the caffeine content of hojicha so low?

Health benefits of Hojicha

Although hojicha is different to other Japanese teas such as sencha and gyokuro in color, flavor and natural elements, hojicha also has health benefits. However hojicha’s health benefits are slightly different to those of other Japanese teas.

Is Hojicha effective for weight loss?

In general, it is well known that Japanese green tea is effective for weight loss. This is because most of Japanese teas contain high amounts of catechin and caffeine. 

What is Hojicha powder?

Probably you have heard of the Japanese green tea powder, Matcha. Likewise, Hojicha can be also made into the form of powder. This is called Hojicha powder. While Matcha has umani flavor, Hojicha powder has a roasty flavor which you may think is similar to that of coffee.

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RECIPE - HOJICHA SYRUP

Ingredients:

  • LILIKU TEA Hojicha Powder: 10g (0.4oz)
  • Sugar : 55g (1.9oz)
  • Water: 50ml (1.7 fl. oz)

Directions:

  • In a small saucepan, add hojicha powder. 
    * NOT TURN ON THE HEAT YET HERE.
  • Add Sugar and mix well
  • Add water and turn on the heat.
  • Keep mixing hojicha powder and water until there are completely dissolved.