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.
- Heat a frying pan; once it becomes hot, turn off the heat and place the pan on a damp towel for two seconds.
- Place the pan on the oven without heat and put sencha, then cover for two minutes.
- 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.
- 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.