Hojicha


Made from leaves that have not been oxidized.

Hojicha

Postby saxon75 » Jun 13th, '13, 18:15

Your favorite currently available hojicha: Go!
saxon75
 
Posts: 145
Joined: Apr 2nd, '1

Re: Hojicha

Postby tenuki » Jun 14th, '13, 14:06

ippodo's kuki hojicha. mmmmmmmmm, guilty pleasure.
User avatar
tenuki
 
Posts: 2339
Joined: Oct 23rd, '
Location: Seattle Area

Re: Hojicha

Postby edkrueger » Jun 14th, '13, 15:05

+1
User avatar
edkrueger
 
Posts: 1693
Joined: Jun 24th, '

Re: Hojicha

Postby chingwa » Jun 15th, '13, 07:24

I'll have to +1 as well...
though I also like Hibiki-an's houjicha karigane.
User avatar
chingwa
 
Posts: 293
Joined: Nov 8th, '0
Location: NYC

Re: Hojicha

Postby teaisme » Jun 15th, '13, 12:47

wow thats a sweet deal on the refill bags less then 5 bucks for 100g.
https://shop.ippodo-tea.co.jp/kyoto/sho ... gcd=602612
User avatar
teaisme
 
Posts: 1390
Joined: May 27th, '

Re: Hojicha

Postby saxon75 » Jun 17th, '13, 14:54

Sounds like I'm going to have to give that Ippodo kuki hojicha a try. Thanks!
saxon75
 
Posts: 145
Joined: Apr 2nd, '1

Re: Hojicha

Postby Poohblah » Jun 17th, '13, 16:20

tenuki wrote:ippodo's kuki hojicha. mmmmmmmmm, guilty pleasure.

How do you brew Ippodo's kuki houjicha?
User avatar
Poohblah
 
Posts: 929
Joined: Mar 4th, '1
Location: somewhere over the rainbow

Re: Hojicha

Postby tenuki » Jun 17th, '13, 22:03

Poohblah wrote:How do you brew Ippodo's kuki houjicha?


I eyeball everything nowadays and never use a timer or thermometer, but my best guess would be at ~190 (boiling plus a rest of 20 seconds or so) for 3-5 minutes with around 2g/100ml in a dedicated 320ml tokoname pot ( ie around 7g). so not the ippodo recommended way, twice the ratio of tea and less than half the time. probably comes out a little lighter. <shrug> I usually get 2 or 3 brews out of a set of leaves, but often my fix is satisfied with 1 1/2. YMMV.

How do you do it?
User avatar
tenuki
 
Posts: 2339
Joined: Oct 23rd, '
Location: Seattle Area

Re: Hojicha

Postby Poohblah » Jun 18th, '13, 02:42

I haven't had their kuki hojicha yet, so I'm just curious. Owing to the price I was thinking of tossing some in my shopping cart on my next purchase from them.
User avatar
Poohblah
 
Posts: 929
Joined: Mar 4th, '1
Location: somewhere over the rainbow

Re: Hojicha

Postby JRS22 » Jun 18th, '13, 11:07

If I ever make it to the NYC store I'll buy some Ippodo houjica to try. My current favorite is Dens Tencha-Kiki houjica.

Right now I'm drinking hibiki-an houjica Karigane that's part of their Karigane tasting set. I'm following their brewing instructions and ending up with a slightly sour taste.

Maybe reroasting will help?
User avatar
JRS22
 
Posts: 1111
Joined: Nov 7th, '0

Re: Hojicha

Postby jasonlee88 » Aug 11th, '13, 04:32

I don't really like Houjicha. The taste is like chinese tea. Roasted Tea leaf. ;)
jasonlee88
 
Posts: 7
Joined: Jul 9th, '1

Re: Hojicha

Postby JRS22 » Aug 11th, '13, 09:45

jasonlee88 wrote:I don't really like Houjicha. The taste is like chinese tea. Roasted Tea leaf. ;)


Interesting - like a merger of two divergent schools of tea preparation.

I like both chinese and japanese greens so I do enjoy a well-made hojicha. I'm just not sure that's what I have at home right now.
User avatar
JRS22
 
Posts: 1111
Joined: Nov 7th, '0

Re: Hojicha

Postby Poohblah » Oct 6th, '13, 14:08

(four months later...)

Got the kuki hojicha from Ippodo recently.

I tried the method mentioned above as well as Ippodo's method, which is 10gr of tea in 240mL of boiling water for 30 seconds, followed by flash brews. I cut this in half to 5gr of tea in 120mL of water.

I haven't had hojicha since my trip to Japan over two years ago, so I lack good comparison, but I was impressed by this tea. It was not bitter at all like I remember the hojicha that was served in restaurants and sushi joints in Japan. It was rich and sweet. So far I prefer the Ippodo method which seems to brew a thicker-bodied and richer liquor, as was mentioned.

Thanks for the suggestion, all, this is a wonderful and different treat. Definitely worth the price... EMS shipping is another story ;)
User avatar
Poohblah
 
Posts: 929
Joined: Mar 4th, '1
Location: somewhere over the rainbow


Instant Messenger

Permissions
You cannot post new topics
You cannot reply to topics
You cannot edit your posts
You cannot delete your posts
You cannot post attachments
Navigation