Hojicha is a type of roasted tea that’s grown in Japan. It’s been used for centuries by Zen monks to make meditation more pleasant and easy. It has the distinction of being one of the only types of tea that are not black. Hojicha latte has an earthy, nutty flavor reminiscent of some green teas, but with a smokiness from the roasting that many finds can be off-putting at first taste. The roasted flavor is not burnt, but rather has a rich, pleasant smokiness that is something I don’t often come across in green tea.
What is Hojicha tea good for?
Hojicha tea is an excellent pick-me-up, and it also has a lot of health benefits. It contains caffeine which is great to stay refreshed and alert. It also contains antioxidants that protect the liver from damage caused by free radicals, which are harmful chemicals that cause cell damage. Hojicha is very versatile and can be used to make many different things. In our case, Iced Hojicha Latte seems an ideal way to enjoy this wonderful tea.
Hojicha tea can be powder and good to drink when you are in the mood for a stronger flavor. It’s actually quite tasty when mixed with milk and sugar and a spoonful of it is present in every cup of latte prepared in our house. I would recommend brown sugar or honey if you want to make it sweeter.
How do you drink Hojicha?
For our Iced Hojicha Latte, you’ll first have to put some sugar into a small cup as it directly affects the taste of Hojicha. You can use either sugar cubes or raw sugar. Next, pour hot water over the sugar, mix it and then add the Hojicha tea leaves. It’s that simple! Once the tea is cooled down, you can add some milk to it if you want.
Keep in mind that, like all other tea, it contains caffeine. It is on the lower end of the caffeine scale as other green teas have more of it. The caffeine in Hojicha is primarily from the leaves and a little amount from the stems. The roasting process also induces some caffeine into the tea. Hojicha can be used in many dishes that are usually made with coffee.