Hoji Tea(Roasted Green Tea)

Happy International Tea Day!

Did you know, today 5/21 is the day to enjoy our break time buddy: Tea! 


A cup of tea has very close relationship with me. Whenever it’s meal time, there is a glass of water AND tea to wash out my mouth. If I don’t have a cup of tea, I feel like I haven’t finished my meal yet;)


So when you eat Japanese food, what do you drink?


Green tea? Classic. 

Ramune soda? Don’t chase a ball inside of the bottle too much! 

Sake? Hot or cold: this is how you start a big debate. 

Miso soup? Well, Japanese is difficult, we say “eat” miso soup. I still remember my grade school teacher’s mean face:(


For those who enjoy Japanese food, I recommend drinking Hoji tea, roasted green tea!

hoji tea

It’s actually a type of green tea but since it’s roasted before brewing, they have more savory, deep rich flavor compared to green tea. You’ll feel a hint of smoke hit on your nostril and you take a sip, and this is what makes you a huge fan of hoji tea! 

It’s a shame not so many cafes offer hoji tea unlike green tea/matcha, so if you find it, you have to get it, or, you can roast green tea leaves at your home and make it on your own! 

My final batch of hoji tea…now I should think about roasting them on my own:)


So what’s your favorite tea and what do you celebrate with International Tea Day?

Whatever you choose, that must be so refreshing and yum!

Cheers to International Tea Day, everyone:)


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Enjoy home cooking and your own creation of homemade food:)

8 Comments Add yours

  1. Diana says:

    O how I love hojicha ~ it is so comforting; especially a hot cup on a rainy day. My personal favorite is mugicha (barley tea) 🙂

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    1. Tanooki says:

      Hi Diana! Wow I’m surprised you know Mugicha!!😆 That’s caffeine free so I think all kids grew up drinking it!!


  2. Sarah Khoury says:

    Is this similar to genmaicha? My fiance and I love Japanese teas and we try to keep barley tea in the fridge during the summer!


    1. Tanooki says:

      Hi Sarah!

      No Genmaicha and hoji cha have quite different flavor. While Genmaicha is green tea + roasted rice, hoji tea is roasted green tea, that means the tea leaf itself is roasted and get amber color when brewed.

      My husband said Genmaicha is more like bolder flavor and too rich to wash out his mouth because they got rice in it.

      Hope my explanation help and let me know if you have more question! (By the way, I grew up drinking barley tea myself and you do exactly same as my household! Yes, summer means barley tea season😆 )

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      1. Sarah Khoury says:

        Thank you for the clarification! I’ll have to try some 😊

        Liked by 1 person

      2. Tanooki says:

        Of course! I hope you like it😋

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  3. Sounds delicious!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Tanooki says:

      Thank you❤️


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