There are dozens of different types of green tea, but one of our all-time favorites is known as hojicha. This green tea stands out from the crowd thanks to its nutty, caramel flavor that rivals a freshly brewed cup of coffee.
Doesn’t sound like a green tea, does it? Instead of mild, vegetal flavors, this Japanese green tea hits the spot when you’re looking for a more robust tea. Best of all, brewing it as a latte makes it feel like an even more indulgent treat. Try hojicha green tea today by brewing it using one of our favorite hojicha latte recipes.
Hojicha is one of the rare Japanese green teas that is roasted rather than steamed during the drying process. The green tea leaves are placed in a porcelain pot and then roasted over charcoal fires. The roasting process causes the green leaves to change to a brilliant burgundy orange hue. In contrast to most vegetal and herbaceous green teas, hojicha offers a nutty flavor with toasty notes of caramel.
Hojicha green tea can be made using a variety of green tea leaves including bancha, sencha, and kukicha. Like matcha lattes, it is wildly popular in Asia though it contains significantly less caffeine than green tea powder. In fact, most of the caffeine is removed during the roasting process so the tea is often consumed in the late afternoon and early evenings.
Hojicha green tea typically comes in powder or loose-leaf form. Both types of hojicha can be made using just the stems of the leaves or a combination of the leaves and the stems. While you can use hojicha powder to make hot tea, it is more commonly used to flavor baked goods.
The flavor of hojicha - often described as similar to espresso or cold brew coffee — can be strong for people who are used to the milder flavors of green tea. As a result, the tea is often served as a milk tea or latte to balance out the flavors. Here are our favorite hojicha green tea latte recipes.
Hojicha is a unique Japanese green tea that can be brewed as an iced tea or a hot tea using loose leaves, hojicha powder, or tea bags. Its rich flavor profile features caramel tasting notes and nutty undertones. It's more robust than a standard green tea and pairs well with other roasty flavors including chai and oolong tea. Try out this rich and indulgent green tea with one of our favorite hojicha tea latte recipes above. It'll knock the socks off those sugar-laden, syrupy drinks at Starbucks.
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