Japanese Bancha Houghi Cha

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Brewing instructions

Brew with water at 75 to 80 degrees and brew for 2 to 3 minutes, be careful not to over infuse

Brewing instructions


Japanese Bancha Houghi Cha, also known as “Hojicha”, is a Type of Green Tea. Unlike other Bancha Tea varieties, this particular infusion is the product of only the finest quality leaves.

Uniquely, it undergoes roasting to create a rich, sweet finish when brewed. We pack it fresh to order here at our Kent-based factory, ensuring both quality and consistency with every cuppa brewed.

Despite its brown appearance, Japanese Bancha Houghi Cha is, unmistakably, a Green Tea type known for its extraordinary health benefits.

Providing you eat well and frequently exercise, it can promote weight loss by boosting the metabolism of fat cells. Furthermore, studies suggest that it might enhance brain function, reducing the risk of developing dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

What is Hojicha Tea?

The term “Hojicha” refers to a type of Japanese Green Tea that has undergone roasting in a porcelain pot over charcoal. This is notably different from most Japanese Tea varieties, which are usually steamed. The high temperatures created from this process see the leaf change colour from green to reddish-brown. It also lowers the caffeine levels, as well as altering its taste.

The production of Hojicha Tea began in Kyoto, Japan, in the 1920s and has been popular ever since. Due to its distinct mildness, it has become a common infusion served during the evening meal or after. Its limited caffeine, meanwhile, makes it an excellent choice before bed. Whatever your reason for brewing it up, you’re undoubtedly in for a treat.

Useful Information

Type of Tea: Green Tea.

Origin: Japan.

Brewing Instructions: Brew using freshly boiled water left to cool to temperatures between 75 and 80°C. Infuse for 1 to 3 minutes.

How to Serve: Best served without additions.

Tasting Notes: Imparts a sweet, delicate flavour with caramel undertones.

Colour in Cup: Coppery-yellow liquor, light in tone.

Benefits of Japanese Bancha Houghi Cha

Caffeine is a chemical stimulant with many beneficial qualities. Most notably, it gets us out of bed in the morning, thus enabling us to start the day the right way. However, some people experience adverse side effects, including jitteriness and sleeplessness.

Japanese Bancha Houghi Cha, on the other hand, contains less caffeine than most of its other Green Tea counterparts. As such, it makes for a fantastic alternative if you struggle with the Effects of Caffeine.

But that’s not all on offer here. Although not yet proven outright, some researchers believe that Tea (no matter the type) can reduce the risk of developing cancer. Indeed, preliminary evidence from a 2015 meta-analysis has already shown promising results.

It noted that drinking a brew a day could reduce cancer risks by 2%. Those who drank the most Tea, on the other hand, had a 21% lower cancer risk than those who drank none.

It’s essential to note, however, that The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company does not endorse the consumption of Tea for this purpose at this stage. Nevertheless, we support ongoing research.


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  • Type
    Green Tea
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    Caffeine Level
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    Loose Tea
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  1. This is a wonderful woody smoky tea.

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  2. Хороший чай из Японии(особенно когда сейчас из-за закрытия границ не купить напрямую)

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  3. Like Genmaicha, roasted flavour. Good for breakfast.

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