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Organic Houjicha Green Tea

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$18.50

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This organic Japanese green tea is roasted to perfection to produce an amber infusion with flavors of toasted grain and honey, with a pleasant buckwheat aroma. Although this is truly an organic green tea (in that it lacks oxidation), the leaves are turned brown during the roasting process. According to Japanese research, Houjicha Green Tea is reputed to have lower caffeine than other green teas because of the unique roasting technique. This organic loose tea can be brewed with hotter water than most green teas and is devoid of astringency.


Organic Houjicha Green Tea

Ingredients: organic Japanese green tea



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Serving Size: two level teaspoons per 8 oz cup of water




Staff Perspectives

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Aubrey Says: Because of the mellow, non-astringent qualities of this tea, I like to drink Houjicha at night. I also recently found that it makes an EXCELLENT iced tea!




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Jeremy Says: With its brown leaves and rich dark brew, I always find it difficult to believe this is actually a green tea.




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Sarah Says: This is a very pleasant tea. It’s light but flavorful.





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  1. I Really Enjoy This Tea!!

    Posted by Jason Sheets on 14th Dec 2013

    I am not a green tea fan for I have never had a cup that I could truly say I enjoyed. However that is no longer the case, for as of now this is the best green tea I have tried. I had given up on green tea and stayed with white and oolong. Aubrey told me that the taste was slightly similar to Wuyi Oolong. She was completely right! It is very similar to me yet milder. If you like Wuyi, you'll like this green tea. It will not be as strong but will have a bit of Wuyi flavor.



  2. very unpleasant smell (and I'm being kind)

    Posted by KR on 27th Dec 2012

    My husband ordered this tea by mistake. He only drinks decaf tea. I tried it this afternoon and just can't get past the smell. The minute I opened the bag, it hit me. I almost thought it was spoiled but took a tentative sip. Surprisingly, it tastes ok, but it smells so bad I only managed to drink a half a cup. My husband got a whiff of the wet tea leaves and agreed that it really smells awful. I do agree that there is no bitterness or acidity.



  3. Surprise!

    Posted by Phil Johnson on 15th Dec 2012

    I find this green tea to be much different relative to other Japanese varieties. I enjoy the surprising, roasted grain flavor from this dark brew. Nice aftertaste. re-steeped three times with great result. If you are looking for something different from a green tea this is a must try!



  4. delightfully different

    Posted by Unknown on 13th Feb 2012

    i love the flavor. it's mellow and light, lacks any real bitterness or acidity. has a slightly sweet aftertaste. it's really good. didn't think i would like a green tea that doesn't look anything like green tea.



  5. Best value

    Posted by Bill Edwards on 17th Nov 2007

    This tea brews to a deep amber color. If I close my eyes I am sitting around a campfire with hot cereal cooking. The roasting creates a unique flavor with a faint hint of a dark honey flavor. I was about to enjoy my third cup from the same leaves when my wife asked for a try and she enjoyed it also. At the price per serving this one may find a permanent home with me.









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We at Arbor Teas firmly believe that tea should be brewed to suit your personal taste. With that being said, here are some recommendations to get you started, but please remember you can make adjustments based on your own personal taste.

There are three main considerations when brewing tea: quantity of tea, water temperature and steeping time.

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Quantity of tea: two level teaspoons per 8 oz cup of water




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Water temperature: use water that has been heated until bubbles begin to form on the bottom of the pot (180° F)




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Steeping time: 2-3 minutes




Tip #1: Use fresh water whenever possible - water that has been sitting in your kettle overnight may impart a flat or stale taste to your tea. Be careful not to boil your water for too long. Over boiled water can sometimes impart an unwanted taste.

Tip #2: Keep in mind that brewing your tea for too long can extract undesirable bitterness from the leaves, so steeping time matters! For a stronger brew, don’t steep longer, just use more tea.

Learn more from our How To Guides on how to brew loose leaf tea, how to make iced tea, and how to make tea lattes. And don’t forget to check out our Eco-Brewing Tips, too!


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There are five significant components found in all tea from the plant camellia sinensis: essential oils, which are the source of tea’s delicious flavor and aroma; polyphenols, which are antioxidants that provide the tea’s brisk flavor and many of its health benefits; phytonutrients, which are small amounts of vitamins, minerals, and amino acids including L-theanine (a very rare molecule that has been found in only three sources including camellia sinensis!) ; enzymes; and methylxanthines, which are a family of alkaloids that include caffeine. Each of these components work differently in the human body and a full description is best left to a medical journal. However, recent research exploring the potential health attributes of tea is leading many scientists to agree that tea, may contribute positively to a healthy lifestyle.

Some research comparing different types of tea has shown that the manufacturing process does affect the level of antioxidants present in the final tea leaf. According to a 2006 review of the beneficial effects of green tea in the Journal of American College of Nutrition, when comparing dry leaves, unoxidized green tea retains more antioxidants than black, oolong, or pu-erh. The catechin (or antioxidant) that displays the greatest increase in green tea when compared to the black, oolong and pu-erh is EGCG (epigallocatechin-3-gallate). (Reference: "Beneficial Effects of Green Tea - A Review" Journal of the American College of Nutrition, Vol 25, No 2 (2006))

For a more in-depth discussion of Tea and Health Benefits check here.

For a more in-depth discussion of Tea and Caffeine check here.