It is interesting to know that tea was already part of people’s lives since the beginning of time. It even created a culture that stayed even today.
We can’t go back in time for sure, but the beverage that existed thousands of years ago did not go away; instead, it has stood the test of time and evolved. If you’ll follow its trend, it started by just brewing tea leaves in hot water until unique concoctions are created.
However, some things still stay the same such as green tea as the most loved tea up to this era. We’ve known green tea as a fresh, grassy flavor, but have you ever tried roasted green tea? Is it worth to try?
Let’s know the differences.
If you’re a certified tea enthusiast, you probably know that Green tea has several kinds. Although they all came from the same plants, there are still notable differences.
What is Green Tea and What is Roasted Green Tea?
The usual Green tea is known in Japan as Sencha, which is from the dried leaves of Camellia Sinensis. On the other hand, roasted tea is known for its Japanese name Hojicha that has been discovered – obviously – in Kyoto, Japan. The most common difference between the two is its color. Green tea is obviously green, while roasted tea is brown.
The roasted green tea has lower caffeine content than Sencha because of its roasting process. The bitterness and caffeine were reduced as the tea leaves are roasted in a pan.
It also varies on the age of leaves - hojicha is usually made from older leaves while young leaves are for Sencha. The younger the leaves of tea, the more caffeine content in it.
If a cup of Sencha has 30mg of caffeine, it is just 7mg for Hojicha, which is why most of the Japanese children also drink hojicha than usual green tea.
Tea is known to be the healthiest beverage in the world, meaning it is already given that most kinds of teas contain natural elements that enhance our health.
However, which one is healthier, is it the natural green tea or the roasted one? Well, both of them are healthy, but the process of brewing and producing them made a bit different in terms of the beneficial elements on it.
Since hojicha has less caffeine, it is healthy for those who need to take less caffeine, especially those with insomnia and high blood pressure.
However, according to studies, some of the natural properties like antioxidants are reduced when the leaves are roasted. The process is also believed to destroy the catechins present in the green tea leaves.
In conclusion, there could be a chance that nutrients in the roasted tea leaves are less, but the bottom line is both can serve its purpose for the right needs of people.