Hojicha green tea is roasted over charcoal, giving it a unique taste. This Taiwanese take on a Japanese beverage combines hojicha green tea with milk and tapioca pearls to make bubble tea. It is usually served over ice but can also be enjoyed hot.
This roasted green tea has robust flavors and a hint of cocoa. It pairs beautifully with tapioca pearls. You can use either hojicha powder or loose tea leaves for this recipe.Print
What Does Hojicha Milk Tea Taste Like?
Hojicha milk tea has a strong flavor. The roasting process brings out notes of cocoa, caramel, and nuttiness. It is robust and can even taste like coffee. The brown sugar tapioca pearls add sweetness, creating a sweet, nutty cocoa bubble tea.
What Is Hojicha Tea?
Hojicha is a Japanese roasted green tea. It originated in Kyoto, Japan, over 100 years ago. Hojicha is made from Bancha, Sencha, or Kukicha green tea leaves. These leaves are roasted at high heat over charcoal.
You can find hojicha in a loose-leaf tea or powder form. It is aromatic with a nutty, sweet, and woody flavor. Use hojicha powder much like you would matcha—it’s great for hojicha lattes and baked goods.
6 Health Benefits of Hojicha Tea
Hojicha tea, like green tea, is high in antioxidants. Hojicha tea is also:
- An immune system booster—Vitamins A, C, and E help keep the body healthy
- Calming—the amino acid L-Theanine makes hojicha tea good for those with anxiety and depression.
- Good for skin health.
- Good for digestion—the fibers in the roasted tea are good for the colon.
- Ideal for those with sensitivity to caffeine.
Hojicha vs. Green Tea
Hojicha and green tea both come from the same Japanese green tea plant. However, there are some notable differences between these two types of green tea.
|Made by steaming and roasting the leaves or stems||The leaves are not roasted, only steamed|
|Reddish-brown color||Green color|
|Not bitter||Slightly bitter|
|Robust, earthy umami scent||Light grassy scent|
|Approximately 3 mg of caffeine per cup||Approximately 20 mg of caffeine per cup|
The way hojicha tea is prepared makes the caffeine count much lower than green tea. Hojicha is made from mature tea leaves that are picked later in the season, which have less caffeine than those picked early in the season. Additionally, roasting the tea leaves reduces the amount of caffeine.
Which Toppings Are Best in Hojicha Bubble Tea?
Hojicha bubble tea pairs best with lighter toppings that add a hint of sweetness. Try some of the following toppings:
- Coconut jelly
- Fresh fruit—citrus pairs well with hojicha tea
- Grass jelly
- Popping boba—lychee, pineapple, or strawberry
- Tapioca pearls
- Taro balls