Kukicha and Hojicha tea can pose some confusion for new tea drinkers. But the difference is really easy to understand and the flavor of these teas comprise a nice family of roasted tastes.
Kukicha is a twig tea because it is made from the slender tea bush twigs pruned from tea bushes that are grown for green tea leaf production.
Regular annual pruning of tea bushes for health and vigor yields a bounty of cut twigs which are further cut very finely by hand and then roasted to make this refreshing, low-caffeine tea.
Our Kukicha is made from selected twigs and stems of carefully nurtured green tea bushes that are at least three years old. The clippings are sun-dried for up to a week before they are precisely roasted according to size. After roasting, the twigs are combined with a small percentage of roasted tea leaves to make the finished tea.
Kukicha is big on flavor but low in caffeine. Drink hot or iced – serve chilled with apple juice for a refreshing cold beverage.