- What’s Hojicha Latte
- Hojicha Latte Is Healthy?
- How To Make Japanese Hojicha Latte At Home
- Cozy Hot Houjicha Latte
- How To Make Hojicha Latte With Hojicha Powder
- Office Afternoon Hojicha Latte
- How To Make Iced Hojicha Latte
- Iced Hojicha Latte
- Japanese Instant Cafe Drink Sticks
What’s Hojicha Latte
Simply, hoijcha latte is a tea drink made of milk and Hojicha.
It is a popular cafe drink since you can enjoy a toasty nutty flavor and aroma even if it’s not used coffee.
Hojicha has a refreshing taste because tannins and caffeine, which are the sources of the bitterness of green tea, are suppressed by roasting tea leaves, so it is refreshing and easy to drink even if it is a latte.
So, Hojicha latte is actually a new taste-it’s not coffee, tea, and Japanese green tea.
Hojicha latte is sometimes described as “Japanese milk tea”, but, it is typically made of steamed milk instead of milk. To be precise, hojicha latte is the latte drink.
Hoijcha, Houjicha is roasted Japanese green tea.
Unlike ordinal green tea taste, hoijcha is toasty, nutty, and slightly sweet.
It is known for less caffeine drink in Japan and it’s popular for kids drink and bedtime tea.
Hojicha Latte Is Popular Cafe Menu In Japan
Mild sweet, clear after-taste, and easy to drink with the simple natural taste of milk and Hojicha.
Even people who don’t like coffee or Matcha can enjoy it, so Hojicha latte is a popular cafe menu in Japan.
Even it is on the staple menu in Starbucks coffee in Japan.
Personally, I also like Hojicha latte than Matcha latte because of its refreshing taste and clear after-taste.
Hojicha latte is yummy and attractive with a nutty, toasty taste without bitterness.
Hojicha Latte Is Healthy?
If you want to know about the health benefits of Hojicha, read this post.
Less Caffeine Drink
One of the charms of the Hojicha latte is low in caffeine.
When looking to replace your cafe latte or Matcha latte with a drink that has a good taste and less caffeine, Hojicha latte can be a perfect choice.
Hojicha Latte Calories
It’s known as a lower-calorie cafe drink. A short regular roasted green tea latte in Starbucks coffee in Japan has 99 calories and the tall size has 275 calories.
|Hojicha Latte||Starbucks Latte||Matcha Latte|
|Short (240ml)||104 kcal||146 kcal||169 kcal|
|Tall (350ml)||162kcal||219 kcal||226 kcal|
|Grande (470ml)||222 kcal||279 kcal||318 kcal|
When customizing Hojicha latte-switch whole milk to low, non-fat milk or soy milk, non-sugar, or add honey or zero–calorie sweetener instead of sugar, you can cut more calories.
Besides, hojicha has a refreshing and non-bitter flavor compared with espresso and Matcha, it doesn’t require much sweeter.
How To Make Japanese Hojicha Latte At Home
If you get tired of the cafe latte you drink all the time, why not try the hojicha latte?
With just one pot, easy, quick, but authentic.
Cozy Hot Houjicha Latte
- 1 tbsp Hojicha loose leaves (or 2 houjicha tea bags)
- ½ cup Water
- 1 cup Milk (soy, almond, low fat..)
- Sugar to taste or honey
- Allow the water to boil and add tea leaves.
- Brew Hojicha while stirring gently occasionally.
- Add milk and sugar. Allow the milk to boil in low heat.
- Strain Hojicha latte into a mug.
- *To Roast loose tea in the pan for few minutes before making the latte, it gives more flavor and aroma.
Arrange Into Starbucks Hojicha Latte
Instead of adding milk into the milk pan, warm up the milk on the stovetop or microwave separately and froth the milk!
You can arrange it with topping such as whipping cream, caramel syrup, cinnamon powder.
How To Make Hojicha Latte With Hojicha Powder
For those who want to make hojicha latte more easily and quickly, use a microwave and Hojicha powder.
What’s Hojicha Powder
Hojicha powder is an instant powder Hoijcha tea that you can make Hojicha with just adding hot water.
It’s portable and doesn’t need a tea set, so it is considered the easiest way to make Hojicha.
Hoijcha will be too strong and too bitter when you add an over-amount of powder so it’s important to follow the guide ratio.
Itoen hojicha powder is made of carefully selected Ichibancha green tea grown domestic in Japan only.
*Ichibancha…Tea leaves are harvested from mid-April to mid-May which is the best green tea season in Japan.
You can make one cup of tea (100cc) with one stick, and you can easily enjoy the natural taste of the tea made with a kyusu teapot.
As it dissolves quickly in hot/cold water, you can enjoy Hojicha through seasons.
Since it is a stick type, you can stock everywhere, and you don’t need to worry about making strong Hojicha tea.
Office Afternoon Hojicha Latte
- 1 tsp Hojicha powder or 5 Itoen Hojicha powder sticks
- ¼ cup Hot water
- 1 cup Milk
- 1 tsp Sugar
- Put Hojicha powder and sugar in a mug, pour hot water and mix.
- Add milk and microwave it.
How To Make Iced Hojicha Latte
To make an iced Hojicha latte at home, I recommend using Hojicha powder.
I have done several tries to make an iced Hojicha latte with loose tea or tea bags, but it was hard to serve the same results every time.
You can keep a same concentrate of Hojicha all the time.
If you combine cold milk and sugar syrup at first and pour over hojicha solution, you can make a beautifully layered hojicha latte.
Iced Hojicha Latte
- 3-5 g hojicha powder
- 30 ml boiled water
- 150 ml cold whole milk
- sugar syrup *optional, but it will be better layer when adding it.
- Whisk hoijcha powder and boiled water in a Matcha bowl or a mug.
- Fill a tall glass of ice cubes, pour milk and sugar syrup. Combine them well.
- Pour the Hojicha solution gently.
Japanese Instant Cafe Drink Sticks
If you want to make a Houjicha latte instantly, there is a “hojicha latte mix” produced by AGF.
The “Cafe Latory” series is a premium version of the “Blendy” series.