This tea is quite a rarity. The plants are grown in the same way as all other green Japanese tea bushes but after steaming and drying the leaves are roasted in porcelain pots over charcoal. The high temperatures alter the colour from green to reddish brown, this gives them a strange appearance and indeed a stranger bouquet. The process was first started in Kyoto in the 1920's.
The roasting process also lowers the amount of caffeine in the tea, green tea has lower levels of caffeine than black teas but this one is lower still. The leaves produce a very light tea that is very low in theine. The tea, which should be drunk without milk, makes an ideal accompaniment for an evening meal, as well as taken just before going to sleep, in Japan it is often drunk by children and the elderly.
You will receive 60 grams of this tea for £5.00 this will allow you to make a between 30 cups and 90 cups of tea. Two grams per cup, this works out at between sixteen pence and five pence per cup when re-infused. We also sell larger quantities of this tea at a more economical rate; the price will therefore be lower.