Green tea from India is hard enough to find, but we got an unusual type of green tea to boot. Houjicha is one of the most recent varieties of green tea, developed first in the early 1920's in Kyoto, Japan, and it persists to this day as a cult favorite among green tea drinkers. Rather than pan-frying or steaming the tea, like usual, they instead oven-roast the tea, resulting in a tea with less astringency, deeper flavor, and in general less caffeine.
Our Houjicha Assam Roasted Indian Green takes that formula and runs with it. Grown on the Chota Tingrai family estate south of Tinsukia in far northeastern Assam, India, the Houjicha Assam takes a bancha-grade green (lower grade tea with both tea leaves and tea twigs mixed together) and oven-roasts it just enough. This process gives us a final product unlike any other houjicha. Deep toasty notes result in nutty overtones and a boosting of the malty textures in the tea. That combined with the single-estate sourcing gives us one of our favorite green teas to grace the shelves.
Remember to watch the water temperature on this one! Houjicha is forgiving, but even so, boiling water can scorch the leaves, resulting in a more bitter cup of tea.
- Use 7g (≈1 tbsp) of leaf per ½ liter (≈17 oz) of water.
- Use 80°C/175°F water
- Steep for 2 minutes, strain leaves, and enjoy!
- Too strong? Take off a minute, or use 5g of leaf instead!
- Too light? Kick it up another minute, or use 10g of leaf instead!
USDA Organic roasted Indian Assam green tea leaves & twigs.