Kukicha(茎茶) or twig tea, less commonly called bocha(棒茶), is a Japanese green tea made of the stems, stalks, and twigs of the tea plant. Kukicha has a unique flavor and aroma. Surprisingly, its aroma is twig-like. Sometimes kukicha is roasted to make Hojicha. Roasted twig teas are commonly labelled as both Hojicha and kukicha; when in doubt, look at the actual leaf or written description to see whether you are purchasing a roasted or unroasted tea, and whether it is made of leaves or twigs.
Umami, Bold, Vegetal
Brew with a water temperature of 160-170°F (71-76°C) for 3 minutes
30 second increase time for additional infusions.
A second steeping still contains a lot of flavor, so save your leaves and rebrew if desired.