Kukicha Tea: easy guide, top 3 best teas

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Last updated: August 25, 2019 at 23:58 pm

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.

Tasting notes

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.

Tea tips

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.

A traditional Japanese drink made from the twigs and stems of the tea plant. The harvest is carefully aged before being slowly roasted to develop the soothing and rich flavor.
Kukicha is made mainly from selected stems and stalks of the green tea plant which are steamed and then roasted. It has a unique taste among green teas with a slight nutty flavour. Prepared the same way as Sencha but harvested later on in the season when the caffeine content is lower. Direct from JAS certified organic plantation in the natural surroundings of the Tenr..
A warm, rounded and playful green tea from Japan. Kukicha is a blend of tea leaves and tea leaf stems. The lightness of the stems translates into the cup as a sweet, white sesame seed or chestnut note. Tender quality to the texture, like soft white rice. Very balanced and, for a Japanese tea, very low in astringency.

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