Kukicha

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Updated: Mar. 14, 2014 

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About Kukicha

Light yellowish-green twigs and stems, broken into large piecesGreen (unroasted) Kukicha, showing stems and twigs, and little leaf.
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.

Kukicha can be made from the plants used to produce gyokuro, in which case it is called karigane or shiraore.

It is a common claim that kukicha has less caffeine than other teas, due to the fact that the stems of the tea plant contain less caffeine than the leaves and buds. This generalization, however, is not universally true; one study (in which only one kukicha was tested) found kukicha to have relatively high caffeine content among green teas.[1] The caffeine content of tea is influenced by many factors.

References:

1. Friedman, M. et. al. Distribution of catechins, theaflavins, caffeine, and theobromine in 77 teas consumed in the United States, Journal of food science, Vol. 70, No. 9, Nov-Dec, 2005. p. C550-C559.

Best Kukicha

The notion of the "best" Kukicha is subjective, because different people have different tastes. We present the most often-rated and highest-rated teas in this category, and allow you to draw your own conclusions.

Most Often-Rated Teas

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Kukicha

Brand:Adagio Teas
Region:Japan
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
82
3 Ratings
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Organic KuKi Cha Green Kamakura

Brand:Upton Tea Imports
Region:Japan
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
2 Ratings
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Kukicha Green Tea

Brand:Wegmans
Region:Japan
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
1 Rating
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Twig Tea

Brand:Choice Organic Teas
Region:Japan
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Teabag
1 Rating
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Organic Karigane

Brand:Mighty Leaf Tea
Region:Japan
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
1 Rating

Top-Rated Teas

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Kukicha

Brand:Adagio Teas
Region:Japan
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
82
3 Ratings

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