Japanese teas are always a surprise. Kukicha is one of those surprises. Nothing is wasted in the processing of this precious drink. It is a uniquely Japanese invention. Kuki means twig cha–tea. The tea is made from twigs, leaves, and stalks cut from Sencha production. Leaves and stalks are processed separately and cut in the same size. As the majority of the tea is leaves and steams, Kukicha is low in caffeine and is wonderful tea in the afternoon or before bed.
Country of Origin: Japan
The flavor of Japanese Green Tea balances fresh bitterness and natural sweetness. The bitterness comes from catechin and caffeine and its sweetness from theanine, an amino acid.