The Hojicha Project has started!

Do you know what Hojicha is? 

It's roasted tea (in Japan, generally roasted green tea)

  

If you have heard about it, do you know how to make Hojicha, then? Not how to steep or prepare hojicha but literally, how do you make it? How is it roasted?

 

We've started developing Hojicha products with Ogura-san, owner of Ogura tea garden.  

 

I visited Tea Factory Joshunen located near us in Odawara, Kanagawa to see Ogura-san. He has a small roasting machine there. 

 

This is the roaster. It kind of looks like a cannon ready to shoot out delicious tea... 

Tea roasting machine

   

He showed me how to make Hojicha.

 

Firstly, turn the roaster on and put tea leaves in the rotating drum when the roaster gets warm.

Check the leaves with the scoop if the leaves are "done" or not.

   

Hojicha tea roasting

  

Take the leaves out when you feel they are "done".  

  

Hojicha tea roasting

 

What a nice aroma !!

Roasting aroma in the air.

  
Hojicha tea roasting

 

Give some air to the leaves to cool down and leave them for a while.

 

This is Hojicha !! 

  

Hojicha tea roasting   

This is the first time for me to see Hojicha roasting.

It is very interesting and I learned many things.

 

What I learned today

How you roast depends on the tea leaves, the quantity, the conditions of the weather that day...these things affect how long you roast and at what temperature. And the temperature changes as you roast for 1-2 minutes so it’s not exact.

 

You can't say......

"Take the leaves out at X℃ to make a nice Hojicha."

"Tea leaves can get the brown color when the temperature reaches X℃."

 

So, even if you roast the same type of green tea, for example first flush sencha, it will still not taste the same each time unless you adjust. Perhaps larger industrial roasters are different...

 

That is why Ogura-san checked the leaves often while roasting.

 

It is also interesting to hear from Ogura-san that tea leaves with fertilizer and tea leaves without fertilizer, they roast differently creating a different flavor, although I am not exactly sure why or how the flavor changes.

 

It seems that making hojicha will be very interesting to do.

   

We tried making 3 types of hojicha this time. 

I will write about it in the next article.

 

 

Today's Hojicha Selection

Hachimanjyu: Organic Roasted Hojicha - Lightly roasted, refreshing flavor 

HojichaProduct development

1 comment

Mark Hutchinson

Mark Hutchinson

I’ve just received delivery today of Hojicha produced by Hachimanjyu, its the first time I’ve tasted this type of tea. It’s naturally sweet, not bitter at all, it has a lovely nutty roasted taste, and a beautiful earthy aroma. It’ll certainly not be the last time I order Hojicha from Yunomi.

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