Don't let all of that brown leaf fool you! Houjicha is a very popular roasted green tea in Japan made that much more unique because it consists of both leaves and stems. In this case, the leaves are from much later in the season, the autumn harvest. The roasting process provides a rich, nutty flavor while the stems provide a smoky accent.
The tea is grown by the Kinezuka family in Fujieda (Shizuoka prefecture). The family has been practicing organic farming on their 2 hectares of mountainous land by producing delicious green tea and mikan (similar to a tangerine) for 36 years.
Origin: Nakayama Village, Fujieda, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan
Serving Amount: 1 teaspoon/6 oz. serving
Temperature: 195-205 degrees
Steep Time: 1-2 minutes
Serving Size: 1 oz. of tea will provide 12-15 single cup servings
Sourcing: Direct from Grower
Harvest: Autumn 2014
***The joy of green tea! Most of our green tea leaves can be steeped multiple times. When brewing the same leaves for a second, third or even fourth time, increase the steep time by 1-2 minutes.