What is Japanese roasted tea?
Japanese roasted tea refers to a few different types of green teas that are roasted during the production process. In this category, we like to include hojicha, a fully roasted green tea, kamairicha, a partially roasted green tea as well as genmaicha, which is unroasted, but it contains pieces of roasted rice, which give it similar taste characteristics.
Our Japanese roasted teas are exclusively sourced from small farms in Japan
After traveling around Japan for the past few years, we have met with dozens of farmers and tasted quite a few roasted teas. We have selected just a small handful of our favorites to share with you.
Our roasted tea is 100% pesticide free
When we source Hojicha, Kamairicha, Genmaicha or Kuki Hojicha, we make sure to only work with farmers that produce a pure tea without pesticides. When we visit the tea fields, we like to see all the steps farmers take to not only produce great tasting Japanese roasted tea, but also do so without harming the local ecosystem. These pesticide free roasted teas fields are abuzz with activity, with different types of insects, birds and even mammals making themselves feel at home between the rows.
Differences between roasted tea vs normal tea
During the roasting process, the roasted tea leaves transition from a bright green to a dark brown color. The liquid of the roasted tea vs normal tea is also changed. Instead of this bright yellow or green color, roasted teas take on an orange to reddish brown color.
Types of Japanese Roasted Teas
As we mentioned before, there are 3 different types of teas we refer to as Japanese roasted tea. Let’s cover them in a bit more detail.
This is a partially roasted tea, and a regional specialty of Miyazaki prefecture. The tea leaves are turned in a hot pan at a lower temperature and for a shorter time compared to hojicha. This partial roasting process allows the tea to balance between the grassy of seaweed profiles of a sencha and the warmer roasted flavors of a hojicha. These nutty or caramel tasting notes are the main difference of partially roasted tea vs normal tea.
This tea is fully roasted, in either a large pan or a roasting machine. These fully roasted tea leaves take on the darkest brown color, and the flavor plays more on these notes of coffee, caramel and chocolate.
Genmaicha is not made from roasted tea leaves, but we still consider it to be a roasted tea because it is mixed with roasted rice. The warmer flavors of the toasted rice combine quite well with the sweeter and citrusy flavors of the un roasted tea leaves to create a unique “cereal” taste profile that is quite enjoyable.
History of Japanese roasted tea
The history of Japanese roasted tea dates back to just the 20th century. Tea merchants in Kyoto wanted to find a use for the older leaves and stems of the tea plant that they couldn’t sell in sencha. They found that when you made a tea with roasted tea leaves, it mattered much less what kinds of tea leaves you used. This roasted tea soon became very popular all around Japan, with people celebrating the warmer, chocolaty taste characteristics of the tea, particularly in the colder months.
Japanese Roasted Tea production
There are 2 main way to produce roasted tea. The first method involves a roasting machine that turns around, tumbling the leaves over heat and making sure they all have an even roast. The other, more traditional method of producing roasted tea is by turning the leaves in a pan. This method is done at the tea farm of Mr. Issin, in the same pan used to produce Kamairicha.
Benefits of roasted tea
During the roasting process, a lot of the catechins are removed from the leaves. This means that roasted tea leaves tend to produce less bitterness compared to normal tea and they can stand up to higher temperatures. This is not to say that these teas are “sweeter” but they become more earthy and woody in their flavor, with less astringency or grassiness.
Does Japanese roasted tea have caffeine?
Another major difference of roasted tea vs normal tea has to do with the caffeine content. A slight amount of caffeine is removed during the roasting process, but because older leaves and stems are more common to use in roasted teas, these tend to be very low in caffeine. This means that you can drink roasted tea later on in the day without being kept up at night.
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Returns & Refunds
While it is rare for someone to tell us they don’t like the roasted tea they received, occasionally it may happen. We want everyone to end up with a tea they like, so we would prefer to send you a replacement tea rather than have you stuck with a roasted tea you don’t like.
There is no need to return the roasted tea to us if you didn’t like it, just keep it and share it with someone who would appreciate it! Feel free to contact us via email or reach out on social media and we can help to solve whatever issue you might have with the tea you ordered!