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What is Kukicha tea?
Kukicha (“Twig tea”) is a blend of tea leaves (Sencha or Bancha) and stems of the tea plant. It is available in green and slightly oxidized varieties. Very organic and wholesome type of tea. It used to be a “poor man’s tea”. The farmers put to use what was left after the premium tea stock was sold. Nowadays, kukicha is prized for its smooth nutty taste and abundance of nutrients. In holistic medicine, twig tea is famous for its macrobiotic quality. It is lighter on a pocket compared to other Japanese varieties, which is hardly a sign of inferiority.
Sweet, vegetal, slightly nutty. The tea is naturally very low in caffeine. Stems and stalks simply do not contain caffeine: it is all left to the youngest leaves of the tea plant.
Quality kikicha should have a decent amount of tea leaves in the mixture. When choosing the tea, take a closer look. The green tea blend would appear like a two-tone melange with pale green stems and deep green speckles of tea leaves. There is also an roasted Kukicha variety on the market. This one is darker brownish in color and toasty on the palate.
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