JIRO Powder

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Description

JIRO is a premium organic houjicha (or hojicha) 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.

JIRO powder is nicely roasted and expertly processed and ground. Made with the same highest-grade, first-harvest kukicha (shiraore) as the whole leaves. The quality of this balanced, fine powder is apparent with every cup. It is the perfect option for making hot and iced lattes and for baking and cooking.

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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! You prepare it like you would a matcha, with a bowl and a whisk.

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 nearly 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.

How to make houjicha latte (1 serving):

– mix JIRO organic houjicha powder ( 1 tea spoon) with 60ml of hot water in a cup or matcha bowl, and whisk it
– add the sweetener of your choice (optional)
– pour cold or hot milk, to taste (and add a couple of ice cubes for ice houjicha latte)

Producer

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

Irie san’s interview

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

Unopened
6 months

Opened
3 weeks

Preparation

Tea quantity
1 teaspoon (2-4g / 0.07-0.14oz)

Water quantity
60 ml to dissolve the powder and then more water or milk to taste

Temperature
100C / 212F

Brewing time
0s

Reviews

Reviews

  1. Matt Smith (verified owner)

    Wow. So, I love houjicha to begin with for the roasted flavor. I never even considered it in a powdered matcha-like form until I saw this here. This was part of my first order from Ikkyu, and is now one of my favorite drinks. The complexity of the roasted flavors when prepared as a latte are astounding, and you only need a little bit of sweetener of your choosing to bring all of the natural sweetness in the tea forward. I look forward to trying the Jiro loose leaves in a more “traditional” form, but this powder is absolutely amazing.

    Additionally, I was surprised how refreshing this is as a latte. I normally associate the roasted flavors of houjicha as “warming up” and comforting. But as a cooler drink with a bit of sweetness, this is wonderful on a warm spring day.

    If you’re a fan of matcha and a fan of houjicha like I am, this could very well be a match made in heaven for you.

  2. Gretchan Jackson (verified owner)

    The Jiro powder is a fun low-caffeine alternative to matcha in the afternoon. I haven’t yet tried it with sweetener or milk, but plan on it. It’s robust on its own and I appreciate how simply it comes together. It’s a must-have!

  3. Japanese Green Tea Drinker (verified owner)

    Jiro powder as a matcha! Never seen it before, ordered and I am very happy with this purchase. Roasted warm notes come through. I had it as a matcha mixed with water, and mixed with oat milk as a latte…both were superb! The oat milk gave it some sweetness which made the roasted notes more subtle.

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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.

Related Products

JIRO Powder

$15$18

Clear
Earn up to 180 points.

Description

JIRO is a premium organic houjicha (or hojicha) 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.

JIRO powder is nicely roasted and expertly processed and ground. Made with the same highest-grade, first-harvest kukicha (shiraore) as the whole leaves. The quality of this balanced, fine powder is apparent with every cup. It is the perfect option for making hot and iced lattes and for baking and cooking.

**

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! You prepare it like you would a matcha, with a bowl and a whisk.

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 nearly 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.

How to make houjicha latte (1 serving):

– mix JIRO organic houjicha powder ( 1 tea spoon) with 60ml of hot water in a cup or matcha bowl, and whisk it
– add the sweetener of your choice (optional)
– pour cold or hot milk, to taste (and add a couple of ice cubes for ice houjicha latte)

Producer

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

Irie san’s interview

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

Unopened
6 months

Opened
3 weeks

Preparation

Tea quantity
1 teaspoon (2-4g / 0.07-0.14oz)

Water quantity
60 ml to dissolve the powder and then more water or milk to taste

Temperature
100C / 212F

Brewing time
0s

 

 

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