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 still 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 oxidized (roasted) variety on the market. This one is darker brownish in color and toasty on the palate.
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Top best 5 Japanese kukicha teas to buy online.
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, ...
Organic Green Tea and Stems. Restorative in nature, our organic green kukicha is comprised of non-roasted tea twigs and leaves. Otherwise known as Senkukicha, this tea has a slightly fruity taste with a fresh grassy feel and a crisp finish. Steeps a vibrant green infusion and is best steeped at ...
Kukicha is "Twig Tea", made from the prunings of the tea plant, roasted to bring out its distinctive flavor. Kukicha is appreciated for its rich nutty taste and dark brown color.*In 1690 in Japan, the Yamamoto family began producing premium teas, a
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 ...