Kukicha is a Japanese tea consisting of the roasted twigs and stems of the green tea plant. Kukicha is also known as “twig tea” and “3 year tea”. Getting its nicknames from the twigs it is made of, (stems and branches), that are part of the plant for at least three years before harvesting takes place.
Featuring low caffeine levels of only 0.5 - 1%, kukicha tea can be enjoyed anytime. This tea creates a feeling of grounded-ness, strength and focus with a sweet, creamy, slightly nutty taste. Kukicha tea has the benefits of green tea, rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. With a very high calcium content this tea makes a powerful, alkaline food, natural astringent and digestive aide after meals. It may also be used topically for skin breakouts, rashes and troubled skin.
- 1 Tbs kukicha tea twigs
- 4 cups water
- in a saucepan bring water to boil over high heat
- add twigs, reduce flame to low, cover, simmer 20 min