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How to make hojicha at home

Posted by Harumi Oshitani on

Making your own hojicha does not require any skill. All you need is sencha (old or new) in your pantry and a frying pan. There are only four steps required.

  1. Heat a frying pan; once it becomes hot, turn off the heat and place the pan on a damp towel for two seconds.
  2. Place the pan on the oven without heat and put sencha, then cover for two minutes. 
  3. Turn on the oven on high flame. Stir it with a wooden spatula for 30 to 60 seconds or until its colour changes brown and nice roasted aroma comes out from the leaves; turn off the heat.*Turn on a ventilating fan as smoke will rise.
  4. Spread it onto a paper towel to cool it down.

To taste freshly-made hojicha, place it into a teapot, pour boiled water and brew for 30 seconds. 

Hojicha shown here was made from sencha from Ureshino region, Saga prefecture.

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