JIRO

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$14

13 in stock (can be backordered)

Description

JIRO is a premium organic houjicha made by Irie san in Yame, according to the same strict rules he uses for our best-selling high-grade sencha, JUN: zero pesticides, zero chemicals, respectful of the soil and the environment that allows his tea leaves to grow strong and beautiful at the top of Yame mountains.

Irie san’s houjicha is made from first-harvest kukicha (shiraore), making it the highest grade. Packaged just after roasting, it has a smooth and nutty flavor with wooden tones and a lingering aroma. You can enjoy the whole leaves brewed with either hot water or cold water (using one of the filter-in bottles available here).

JIRO houjicha comes in whole leaves and in powder, which is perfect to bake cakes and cookies, to make houjicha latte or simply mixed with cold or hot water to prepare it on the go or at the office. Like with matcha, powdered houjicha gives you the chance to ingest the entire tea leaves, and so you benefit from all their nutrients!

Did you know?

Roasted in porcelain pot over charcoal, houjicha is made from green tea leaves and stems that have been steamed (shiraore). Houjicha is still green tea despite its chestnut color that will remind you of black tea. The fermentation process has been stopped, so you benefit from the full power of green tea antioxidants. Super easy to prepare, you simply pour boiling water over it and let it brew for 30 seconds.

The roasting process lowers the caffeine contents of the tea, and so houjicha has next to no bitterness and it can be enjoyed anytime during the day by everyone. Very affordable yet delicious, houjicha is loved by families and tea farmers throughout Japan, especially during meals.

*Due to the packaging size, JIRO (whole-leaves) is only available in plain bag (no washi wrapping).

Producer

Origin
100% Japanese tea from Yame
Quality and Type
Premium Organic Houjicha
Organic 
Yes, JAS and EUROFINS certification 
Cultivars
Yabukita 

Tasting Notes

Packing
Resealable vacuum bag, or aluminium bag with neutral gaz for best preservation.

Conservation

Unopened
1 Year

Opened
6 weeks

Preparation

Tea quantity
10g /0.34oz for 2 servings

Water quantity
200ml (7.04fl oz)

Temperature
100C / 212F

Brewing time
30s

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Tasting Guide

sweetness

A sweet-tasting tea is a very light tea that leaves a sensation of natural sweetness in the mouth.

UMami

Although there is no official translation of the word “umami”, some call it “savory taste”: it leaves a mild and lasting pleasant brothy after taste and is recognized as one of the five basic tastes (together with sweetness, sourness, bitterness, and saltiness). It also induces salivation and a furriness sensation on the tongue, stimulating the throat, the roof and the back of the mouth.

BITTERNESS

The natural bitterness of green tea comes from the way it is made. Unlike black and oolong teas, green teas are made from the unfermented leaves of the tea plant, which keeps the antioxidants intact, but also gives them the bitter taste. This bitterness can be regulated with the water temperature : the higher the more bitter and vice-versa.

CAFFEINE

Caffeine is a naturally-occurring stimulant, found in several plants. Caffeine is water soluble, and is extracted into the brewed cup when preparing tea. In most cases, tea has much less caffeine than coffee.

CATECHINS

Catechins are a type of polyphenol (EGCG) and are the main astringency component in green tea, long known as tannins. In order to release more catechins you will need higher brewing temperature at around 80 but this will also increase the astringency and bitterness of your tea because of the caffeine. Dont use such temperatures for Gyokuro.

THEANINE

L-theanine (here referred to as theanine) is an amino acid that has a relaxing, but not sedating, effect. It is renowned for its ability to put you in the ideal state of calm attentiveness. It can sharpen focus, while reducing stress and enhancing overall well-being. Theanine can interact with caffeine, allowing a smaller dose of caffeine to have a stronger effect in terms of boosting concentration and alertness.

ASTRINGENCY

L-theanine (here referred to as theanine) is an amino acid that has a relaxing, but not sedating, effect. It is renowned for its ability to put you in the ideal state of calm attentiveness. It can sharpen focus, while reducing stress and enhancing overall well-being. Theanine can interact with caffeine, allowing a smaller dose of caffeine to have a stronger effect in terms of boosting concentration and alertness.

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JIRO

$14

13 in stock (can be backordered)

Description

JIRO is a premium organic houjicha made by Irie san in Yame, according to the same strict rules he uses for our best-selling high-grade sencha, JUN: zero pesticides, zero chemicals, respectful of the soil and the environment that allows his tea leaves to grow strong and beautiful at the top of Yame mountains.

Irie san’s houjicha is made from first-harvest kukicha (shiraore), making it the highest grade. Packaged just after roasting, it has a smooth and nutty flavor with wooden tones and a lingering aroma. You can enjoy the whole leaves brewed with either hot water or cold water (using one of the filter-in bottles available here).

JIRO houjicha comes in whole leaves and in powder, which is perfect to bake cakes and cookies, to make houjicha latte or simply mixed with cold or hot water to prepare it on the go or at the office. Like with matcha, powdered houjicha gives you the chance to ingest the entire tea leaves, and so you benefit from all their nutrients!

Did you know?

Roasted in porcelain pot over charcoal, houjicha is made from green tea leaves and stems that have been steamed (shiraore). Houjicha is still green tea despite its chestnut color that will remind you of black tea. The fermentation process has been stopped, so you benefit from the full power of green tea antioxidants. Super easy to prepare, you simply pour boiling water over it and let it brew for 30 seconds.

The roasting process lowers the caffeine contents of the tea, and so houjicha has next to no bitterness and it can be enjoyed anytime during the day by everyone. Very affordable yet delicious, houjicha is loved by families and tea farmers throughout Japan, especially during meals.

*Due to the packaging size, JIRO (whole-leaves) is only available in plain bag (no washi wrapping).

Producer

Origin
100% Japanese tea from Yame
Quality and Type
Premium Organic Houjicha
Organic 
Yes, JAS and EUROFINS certification 
Cultivars
Yabukita 

Tasting Notes

Packing
Resealable vacuum bag, or aluminium bag with neutral gaz for best preservation.

Conservation

Unopened
1 Year

Opened
6 weeks

Preparation

Tea quantity
10g /0.34oz for 2 servings

Water quantity
200ml (7.04fl oz)

Temperature
100C / 212F

Brewing time
30s

 

 

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Then you drink it properly.
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