New Teas Inspired by Blue Pond in Hokkaido, Japan
Japan Today reports Kobe, Japan-based company Felissimo formulated a tea that represents the beauty of Biei-cho, Hokkaido’s famous Blue Pond. Hokkaido is Japan’s northernmost prefecture and one of the country’s five main islands.
The tea is a blend of jasmine flower and butterfly pea, which is known for its blue pigment and creates a the visual of a blue pond in one’s teacup.
Each tea bag contains .7 gram of tea and five tea bags are contained in each packaged set. The product’s packaging has four depictions of the pond’s scenery along with images of a bird often seen in the vicinity of the Blue Pond, the Shimaenaga.
This tea, which the company calls “Tea time with Shimaenaga” can be purchased on the Felissimo’s online store.
Hojicha Co. Introduced Hojicha Kukitori
The Toronto, Canada-based company is the first in North America to specialize in Japanese roasted green tea, which originated in Kyoto, Japan about 100 years ago.
Tencha is typically ground into matcha, but in this case it is the main ingredient in hojicha. Hojicha Kukitori is produced from tencha grown on one small tea farm in Kyoto, Japan, including up to one month of shade cultivation, and then roasted in small batches. The green tea blend is and full of naturally low-caffeinated tencha stems and has the added nutty flavor of toasted pecans.
“Japanese roasted green tea has been around for a century, but its popularity has increased significantly over the past four years. The flavor is currently used in a few hundred products, from beverages to sweet and savory foods, mainly in Japan. Hojicha is slowly making its way to the West as consumers are increasingly adopting Japanese consumer trends, and as restaurants are looking to attract customers by introducing unique flavors,” Francois Mathieu Co-Founder of Hojicha Co. told FoodIngredientsFirst. He added that there is room for additional innovation with hojicha.
Mathieu and his co-founder, Danielle Geva, intend to build the largest hojicha store in North America.