Ko Kie Cha
Brew with water at 75 to 80 degrees and brew for 2 to 3 minutes, be careful not to over infuse
Ko Kie Cha, or “Kokie Cha”, is a traditionally processed Japanese Green Tea. It is made by grinding raw leaf and stem into a powder, mixing with water and passing it through a mesh, creating fascinatingly unique strands of Tea. It is, in fact, a by-product of Matcha manufacturing and is also notably low in caffeine.
But one thing it has in common with all Green Teas is that, when consumed as part of a healthy and active lifestyle, it can, very potentially, improve one’s everyday way of life. Because of the abundance of antioxidants in Green Tea, compounds capable of combating free radicals in the body, Ko Kie Cha can improve cardiovascular health, boost the metabolism, support the immune system, aid digestion, and even reduce the risks of developing type-2 diabetes.
Most of all, however, Ko Kie Cha benefits one’s taste buds with every sip. It has long been characterised as a beverage that sits somewhere between Gyokuro Green Tea and Sencha Green Tea in terms of its flavour. Refreshing to the last, Ko Kie Cha has distinct notes of nut coupled with its signature grassy undertones.
This one-of-a-kind brew is a staple in Japanese culture, a country with a long history with Tea. According to legend, Tea was first brought to Japan by two Buddhist monks, Saicho and Kukai, but its consumption was not popularised until another Buddhist monk named Eisai wrote a book entitled “Kissa Yojoki - How to Stay Healthy by Drinking Tea”.
The two-volume publication reached the public in 1211 CE and highlighted many of the health benefits of drinking Green Tea. In one extract it reads: “Tea is the ultimate mental and medicinal remedy and has the ability to make one’s life more full and complete”.
Here at The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company, we couldn’t agree more, especially as little has changed today in terms of the health-promoting potential of Green Tea. But Eisai’s journey did not stop there, and in 1214, he introduced the Japanese Samurai to Green Tea. Soon after, not only the Samurai but also the Japanese Shogun was enjoying this delicious, invigorating beverage.
When in the history of Tea in Japan Ko Kie Cha arrived remains uncertain. We’re are just glad that it did. Ko Kie Cha is almost certainly unlike anything you have ever before tried. It seeks to impress from your first sip right until you’ve drained your cup. It is rare, special, and much-loved by us. Soon, it’ll be much-loved by you, also.
Type of Tea: Loose Leaf Green Tea.
Brewing Instructions: Brew using freshly boiled water left to cool to temperatures between 80 and 90 degrees. Following this, infuse for 1 to 3 minutes.
How to Serve: The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company believe this Tea is best served without any accompaniments; however, lemon or even honey can be considered as optional extras with Ko Kie Cha.
Tasting Notes: Ko Kie Cha has aromas reminiscent of rice, although this does not translate in taste. Instead, this beverage has defined grassy notes with fresh, earthy undertones.
Colour in Cup: Mustard-yellow liquor, light in tone.
Health Benefits: There is no easy way to lose weight. There is no magic “fix-all” solution. There is no use believing internet searches with luring titles such as “follow these six steps and drop 7 pounds in a week”. Green Tea, meanwhile, is a weight-loss tool to believe in as it doesn’t pretend to be anything than what it is: an accompaniment to a healthy and active lifestyle.
Green Tea doesn’t try to sell you the false pretence of being a “miracle brew”, mostly because there is no real miracle to science. Instead, there is method. And providing one eats healthily and exercises frequently, Ko Kie Cha can boost the metabolism, helping your body to burn fat quicker and more efficiently. But the former is needed for the latter to work. It means eating apples and bananas, having evening walks in the park and getting out of bed to go on a morning jog the next day.
Health PointsDetox, Hydration, Refreshing, Relaxing
Time of DayBreakfast, Afternoon