Brew with water at 75 to 80 degrees and brew for 2 to 3 minutes, be careful not to over infuse
Kukicha is a Japanese Green Tea made from the stems and stalks of Sencha. The inclusion of these parts of the plant make it especially unique and delicious. Also known as 'Twig Tea' and 'Bōcha', Kukicha is naturally low in caffeine.
This makes it an excellent choice for those looking to cut down on their intake. Harvested between May and June every year, this beverage is particularly popular in Japan. However, its popularity is spreading.
When brewed, Kukicha has a distinctly sweet, nutty character. It also comes with health benefits. According to the latest scientific research, Teas like Kukicha Tea can boost the metabolism of fat cells. This enables the body to burn fat quicker and more efficiently. Ultimately this can help you to lose weight. Furthermore, Kukicha improves cardiovascular health, supports the immune system and reduces the risk of developing type-2 diabetes.
The Origins of Kukicha Tea
The story of Kukicha begins with Sencha Green Tea. However, the Chinese and the Japanese can't agree on who first created this beverage! Records suggest China, but there is indeed a fascinating story to come from Japan, too. According to legend, a humble Tea farmer named Nagatani Soen made it while experimenting with Tea processing methods.
Nagatani travelled to Edo (present-day Tokyo) to sell his creation. There, he visited a local Tea shop. The owner of the shop fell in love with the infusion, dubbing it 'tenka ichi' ('天下一'), meaning 'first under the heavens'.
Such was the popularity of Sencha that the Tea shop's business increased. Out of gratitude, the owner carried on sending money to Nagatani for the rest of his life, and then to his family after he passed away.
About Kukich Tea
Kukicha, the byproduct of Sencha, started as a Tea drunk by the poorer people of Japan. During this period, it was much cheaper than 'pure' Green Tea.
Today, however, casual drinkers and connoisseurs alike choose Kukicha for its extraordinary taste and health benefits. We pack it fresh to order here at our Pluckley-based factory, nestled within the stunning vistas of the Kentish countryside. This ensures not only quality but also consistency.
Type of Tea: Green Tea.
Origin: Japanese Tea.
Brewing Instructions: Brew with fresh water at temperatures between 75 and 80 degrees. Infuse for 1 to 3 minutes, being sure not to burn or over-brew it.
How to Serve: Consider adding honey or lemon. Alternatively, serve without any accompaniments to enjoy its full, harmonious flavour.
Tasting Notes: This Tea has a light, delicate flavour with fresh scents of herbs, nuts and butter.
Colour in Cup: Yellow liquor with green highlights, light in tone.
Kukicha Tea benefits
The components of the Camellia sinensis (Tea) plant used in the making of Kukicha come with unique health benefits. The stems and twigs contain a wealth of vitamins and minerals. This includes Vitamins A, B-Complex and C as well as calcium, copper, fluoride, manganese, selenium and zinc.
When it comes to calcium, in particular, preliminary research suggests that Kukicha has more of this constituent than milk.
- TypeGreen Tea
- Health PointsDetox, Hydration, Refreshing, Relaxing
- Caffeine LevelLow
- OptionsLoose Tea
- Time of DayLunchtime, Afternoon, Evening