How to Make Hojicha: 3 Ways

Hojicha is a traditional Japanese tea made from roasted green tea leaves. It has an incredibly smooth and naturally sweet taste with delicious nutty, roasted flavours. It's low in caffeine, which makes it great for an evening latte.

What's the best way to drink hojicha?

Hojicha can be enjoyed on its own, but is also delicious as a latte or in desserts. As with any other green tea, hojicha is prepared using hot, not boiling water. Whether you're steeping the whole leaves as a tea or whisking up the powder to make a latte, the ideal water temperature is 80C (175 F).

For Hojicha loose leaf tea, simply steep one teaspoon of Hojicha in one cup of hot water for 2-3 minutes.

To prepare Hojicha powder, whisk one teaspoon of Hojicha powder with about 2oz of hot water. You can use a bamboo whisk or an electric frother. Enjoy it with water, or add some frothed milk and a little bit of sweetener to make a latte.

Hojicha Latte

Whisk Hojicha with hot water and sweetener. For an iced latte, fill a tall glass with ice and pour over milk and hojicha. For a hot latte, top Hojicha with steamed milk.

 

 

 

Hojicha Bubble Tea

If Roasted Milk Tea is your drink of choice at your local bubble tea shop, you will LOVE how easy it is to replicate it at home using Hojicha.

  • 1 tsp Hojicha Powder
  • Splash of hot water
  • 1 cup your milk of choice (we like oat milk)
  • 1/4 - 1/3 cup prepared tapioca pearls
  • Brown sugar, to taste

Prepare your tapioca pearls according to the package directions. Meanwhile, whisk Hojicha with hot water. Add tapioca pearls and prepared Hojicha to a tall glass. Top with ice and milk for an iced milk tea, or with steamed milk for a hot milk tea. Sweeten with brown sugar or your preferred sweetener as desired and enjoy!

Hojicha Affogato

Inspired by the Italian Affogato, this dessert is super simple to make on a weeknight. The roasted, nutty flavour of Hojicha pairs perfectly with the sweetness of a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

  • 1 scoop vanilla ice cream
  • 1 tsp Hojicha powder
  • Splash of hot water


Simply whisk the Hojicha with hot water, and pour over a scoop of your favourite vanilla ice cream!

If you try one of these recipes, don't forget to snap a photo and tag us on Instagram @drinkamoda!

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