How to prepare hojicha

Preparing Traditional Hojicha

Prepare hojicha by adding 2 tablespoons of the roasted green tea leaves into an infuser or a teapot. Bring filtered water to a boil, and pour 250 ml boiling water over the hojicha in a circular motion. Boiling water is needed to release hojicha’s bold taste. Let the hojicha steep for only 15-30 seconds.

If using an infuser, remove it and save the tea leaves for a second steep. If using a traditional Japanese tea pot with a built-in strainer at the spout, divide the hojicha evenly among your cups. Carefully pour out every last drop of hojicha, and save the tea leaves for another steep.

Enjoy the smoky aroma of hojicha, as you sip on your roasted green tea. Let it cool slightly to experience the naturally sweet flavor of hojicha.

Enjoy the smoky aroma of hojicha, as you sip on your roasted green tea. Let it cool to bring out hojicha’s natural sweetness as the flavor deepens.

Brewing a Second Steep

Hojicha can be steeped for a second and even third time. Simply steep hojicha in boiling water for 30 seconds longer each time for a rich flavor. Try the second steep as a latte, or a cold tea later on.

Flash-Chilling Hojicha

Prepare iced hojicha by adding 4 tablespoons of the roasted green tea leaves into an infuser or a teapot. Bring filtered water to a boil, and pour 250 ml boiling water over the hojicha in a circular motion. Let the hojicha steep for 15-30 seconds. Pour the hojicha over ice for a refreshing summer drink.

Slow-Chilling Hojicha

Skip the ice and experience the naturally sweet flavor of slow-chilled hojicha. After preparing hojicha traditionally, cool the first or second steep of hojicha on the counter. Then place the hojicha in the fridge to create the perfect drink for a warm day. Since hojicha is low in caffeine, it can be sipped anytime.

Making a Hojicha Latte

After preparing hojicha traditionally, add a splash of your preferred non-dairy milk to your cup. Take your hojicha latte to the next level by steaming your milk, or by using a milk frother for creamy latte foam.