- Serving Size: 2g /cup
- Steeping Temp: 75°C
- Steeping Time: 2 mins.
- Certification: Organic
- Origin: Japan
- Caffeine: Medium
Kukicha is a traditional green tea unique to Japan. It is created by blending tender leaves, stems and stem fibers that are collected during sencha and gyokuro processing. Our Kukicha is pleasantly aromatic, sweet and very balanced with a lovely velvety mouthfeel. It is a wonderfully bright green tea that is surprisingly not too grassy or vegetal, for a Japanese tea, delightfully aromatic and refreshing. It is ideal for those sensitive to astringency. It makes a great afternoon tea and it is fantastic as an ice tea.
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Like sencha green tea, there are myriad health benefits of kukicha tea. Kukicha has been embraced for its remarkable ability to stabilize health and promote longevity. Its primary impact lies in its alkalizing abilities. It helps to alkalize the body’s fluids and tissue, thereby balancing acidity levels and preventing disease. It is also packed with nutrients. Kukicha is sweet because it is high in L-theanine. The reason for this is that L-theanine is naturally produced in the roots, and from there it’s sent to the leaves via the stem. High L-theanine content and low caffeine results in a sweet flavor with very little bitterness.
Tasting NotesCertification: Organic
Grade or Quality: Loose, twig tea
Aroma: Fruity, fresh, sweet
Infusion Aroma: Fruity, sweet, freshness
Infusion Color: Pale green
Base flavor: Flightly fruity, fresh grassy, crisp
Infusion Strength: Medium-Light
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From the Shanti Tea Canada Blog
Japanese Tea: An Introduction to Grades - by Safiya Motala
Tea in Japan has deep roots; it is involved in many aspects of Japanese traditions and culture. From the tea ceremony to tea infused sweets, tea can be found everywhere you look. It is the most consumed beverage in Japan, the most popular variety being green tea. 99% of tea production in Japan is green tea.
If you are familiar with Japanese teas, you have likely heard of Sencha and Matcha, the two most produced green teas from Japan. The name of the tea tells us everything we need to know. Some areas of the world name the tea after the region, Japanese teas are named after the style of tea production and the quality of the tea. Tea in Japan is referred to as ‘ocha’.
Before we get started – remember, the quality and temperature of your water matter! If you really want to get the complete experience, we’ve included some notes on the best preparation method. Use clean, filtered, cold water. Do not boil water, heat to 70°C. If...