Brew with water at 75 to 80 degrees and brew for 2 to 3 minutes, be careful not to over infuse
Kukicha, also known as “Twig Tea” and “Bōcha”, is a Japanese Green Tea made from the stems and stalks of Sencha. It includes parts of the Tea plant that are normally excluded from most other Teas, making it especially unique, and most of all, delicious. Kukicha Tea is naturally low in caffeine as the stems only contain a limited amount of the substance.
The result is a low-caffeine, light and non-astringent beverage perfect for any time of the day. Harvested between May and June every year, Kukicha is a popular choice in Japan. But that same popularity is spreading elsewhere, predominantly westward. The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company are particularly proud to cater to such a rare Tea at a time when it is becoming increasingly sought-after.
Like all of our Teas, it is packed fresh to order, meaning you’re getting only the finest quality Kukicha Tea every time you order with us. Furthermore, there are health benefits to be had from consuming this Tea. According to the latest scientific research, Kukicha Tea, as well as all Green Teas, can improve the immune system, aid digestion, reduce the risks of developing type-2 diabetes, boost the metabolism, and generally promote health-living.
Kukicha is, put simply, special. It is seemingly unassuming until brewed when it boasts a distinctly sweet, nutty character, unlike any other Tea. It has the capacity to mesmerise, not only satisfying the taste buds but also one’s spiritual being. With that comes peace, tranquillity and most of all, balance.
But its story begins with Sencha Green Tea, a Tea with mysterious origins. Both Japan and China lay claim to the “invention” of Sencha, although no one knows for certain. There is one tale, however, that originates from Japan, a tale that begins with a humble farmer named Nagatani Soen, who one day decided to experiment with the processing of Tea, and as a result, created a Tea very similar to modern-day Sencha.
Nagatani then travelled to Edo (present-day Tokyo) to sell his new creation. Unfortunately, his long and difficult journey was in vain as no one appeared to be interested in his Tea. But in a last-ditch attempt, Nagatani visited a local Tea shop, where the owner expressed interest in the beverage. He asked that Nagatani return the following year with more of this incredible Tea, dubbing it “tenka ichi” (‘天下一’), which translates to mean “first under the heavens”. It eventually went on to become a very popular choice in the Tea shop, and as a token of gratitude, the company sent a large sum of money to Nagatani every year until his passing in 1778, and then to his family until 1874.
Of course, China discredits the story as they believe that Sencha was their creation. One thing is for sure, however - it is a truly lovely story. And regardless of its real origins, the creation of Sencha Green Tea eventually gave rise to inspirational beverages such as Kukicha. When and how is anyone’s guess. We are just glad that it happened! So, is it time you tried Kukicha Tea?
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: Kukicha Tea is best served as it is.
Tasting Notes: This Tea has a light, delicate flavour with fresh scents of herbs and nut and butter.
Colour in Cup: Yellow liquor with greenish highlights, light in tone.
Health Benefits og Green Tea: Kukicha shares a lot of similarities with “regular” Green Tea; however, there are minor differences. Because “Twig Tea” is comprised of the stems and young twigs of the Camellia sinensis plant, it is rich in both vitamins and minerals that feed the growth parts of the plant. The minerals found in Kukicha Tea include Vitamins A, B-complex and C as well as calcium, copper, fluoride, manganese, selenium and zinc. And this is just to name a few. According to research, the calcium content found in Kukicha is more than that found in cow’s milk.
Health PointsDetox, Hydration, Refreshing, Relaxing
Time of DayLunchtime, Afternoon, Evening