Japanese Roasted Tea, also known as “Hōjicha”, is a type of green tea that was first invented by a Japanese tea merchant while dealing with wastefulness during the tea production process. Different from other teas, Japanese Roasted Tea goes through an additional high temperature roasting process. Through roasting tea leaves, stems, stalks, and twigs at extremely high temperature (approximately 350°C) for hours till turning a reddish brown color, a distinct roasted tea with a smoky aroma was invented and introduced to the market officially in the 1920s.
Speaking of the home of Chatime Japanese Roasted Tea- Kagoshima prefecture, which is located in the southwestern part of the island Kyūshū, well-known for its’ volcanic landform. The mild climate and diverse environments allow Kagoshima to be perfect for cultivation of the agricultural environment, including tea crops. The volcanic environment not only provides ideal weather for tea trees to thrive vigorously, the volcano ashes also fertilize the soil to be rich in nutrients and minerals all year round. With the abundant natural resources in Kagoshima, Chatime Japanese Roasted Tea is recognized as the highest quality and taste compared to other roasted tea.
Nowadays, Japanese Roasted Tea is favored by people from all around the world for its phenomenal taste. The high temperature roasting process lowers the astringency in tea and creates a sweet ending note. Through mixing a portion of Taiwanese High Mountain Oolong tea leaves in the roasting process to bring out the smooth caramel aftertaste and enhance the overall tea flavor after brewing. For the tea lovers who are looking for an extra creamy flavor, Chatime Japanese Roasted Milk Tea is definitely the tea that you would not want to miss for sure!