The beneficial use of Houjicha tea for our health is made possible by the antioxidant compounds naturally found in the camellia sinensis plant, the plant in which all varieties of green tea come from.
Houjicha tea is a type of Japanese green tea that is produced by roasting bancha or even sencha and kukicha green tea leaves over high charcoal heat, usually using a porcelain pot. The freshly picked tea leaves have their fermentation period shortened by slowly roasting the whole leaves to a warm brown color. This process yields a cup which produces a lovely amber color, smooth texture, and without the tannic sharpness (bitterness) of traditional green teas. Because of this process, there are some antioxidant catechins lost in the tea.
Though hojicha tea is colored light to reddish-brown, it is still considered green tea. It contains the lowest level of caffeine of any Japanese tea. Houjicha tea is popularly served during or after the evening meal. It is frequently served before bed as its lower caffeine content makes it milder and serves as an ideal relaxation tonic.
Lovers of oolong will especially enjoy houjicha tea.
Health benefits obtained from Houjicha tea are the following:
Could bolster the immune system. This helps in the fight against diseases resulting from viruses and bacteria.
Known to protect against cardiovascular diseases.
May aid the battle against cancer and tumors.
May assist a diet for losing weight.
Claim to stop decaying of our teeth.
Said to help usher in relaxation.
May help in the maintenance of overall well-being.
Aroma & Flavor: A warm full bodied aroma, and a smooth taste with little tannin.
Brew Instructions: 1 teaspoon to 6 ounces Newly Boiled water. Pour water over tea and allow to steep for 30 seconds - 1 minute.
1 ounce of loose tea makes between 10-15 6oz cups of tea
Disclaimer: The information we provide is not intended to be a substitute for medical treatment. Please consult your medical care provider before using herbal medicine, particularly if you have a known medical condition of if you are or suspect you are pregnant or nursing.