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Last Updated: Mar. 14, 2014 

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.

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Organic Karigane from Mighty Leaf Tea

Style: Kukicha – Region: Japan
May. 13th, 2017

Thank you to Mighty Leaf for this sample! Overall I haven't been as impressed with the green teas from Mighty Leaf as the black ones, but I like this one a bit more. This was a very atypical example of a kukicha / twig tea, much more full-flavored than I expected.

I was intrigued by how the leaf smells...it smells...

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73 / 100
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I just received a package of this Kukicha today, and immediately decided to give it a go.

Lately I've been brewing in a pseudo-gong fu style...using a lidded tasting set as my gaiwan (actually works quite well). But I recently ordered a couple of gaiwans that should be here soon.
Steeped 2 teaspoons in 4 ounces o...

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73 / 100
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Kukicha from Adagio Teas

Style: Kukicha – Region: Japan
May. 17th, 2015

It tastes a lot like their sencha overture, but a little worse. While I would describe sencha overture as tasting like fresh spinach, this tastes more like canned spinach. It's more fishy, and the taste is a bit strange. The taste is also weaker and "softer". I don't dislike it, though! It's sweet, savory, and enjoyabl...

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83 / 100
Picture of #12 Shira-Ore Stem Tea With Matcha

The aroma of the dry leaves is so green! There are notes of cut grass, fresh spinach, and an underlying sweet nuttiness, the aroma reminds me of the smell of summer when everything is in full growth.

The first steep is delightfully mellow, not to be boring but the tea tastes pretty much exactly as it smells, no myst...

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87 / 100
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Karigane (Gyokuro Sencha) from Den's Tea

Style: Kukicha – Region: Shizuoka, Japan
Oct. 9th, 2013

The aroma is delicious! Vegetal with notes of artichoke and a hint of chestnut with an underlying hint of kelp. There is also a sweetness that just mixes perfectly with the other aromas. Once brewed it takes on a woodsy aroma with oddly, a hint of lime. It certainly smells like stems and I like that.

The taste very...

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Brand:Adagio Teas
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Brand:Upton Tea Imports
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Region:Kanagawa, Japan
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Brand:Rishi Tea
Style:Kukicha
Region:Kagoshima, Japan
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Brand:Wegmans
Style:Kukicha
Region:Japan
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
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Brand:Choice Organic Teas
Style:Kukicha
Region:Japan
Caffeine:Caffeinated
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