Genmaicha Yame is a sencha tea where roasted rice has been added. The roasted rice gives the tea a very crispy taste.
5. Hojicha /Bancha
Don't be mistaken by the brown color, Hojicha is a green tea: it has been steamed tight after the harvest to stop the oxidation of the tea. After steaming, Hojicha is roasted, giving the tea leaves the brown color. The roasting is a natural way to remove the caffeine from the tea. That's why in Japan people enjoy Hojicha mainly in the evening. Azumaya Hojicha has a deep strong taste, making it perfectly suited as an alternative to coffee. Also great for making Ice-tea: just make the fresh tea, and pour it in a glass filled with ice cubes to cool it down.
Fukamushi Sencha Yame tea is steamed longer than regular Sencha, giving the tea leaves a lighter aroma, and deeper taste. Thanks to this deep taste, Fukamushi tea is also very suited to make ice tea. Fukamushi tea leaves are shorter than regular Sencha leaves.