ITFA Global Tea Taster’s Club, August Shipment, Part 2: Organic Houjicha

Leaf Type:  Green

Produced for the Kyoto Obubu Tea Plantations

For More Information, visit the Tea Farms webpage

About ITFA Global Tea Tasters Club:

By subscribing to the Global Tea Tasters Club, you will receive tea from ITFA tea farms 6 times per year. Each time, we will select a different region to feature and as we grow in tea farm members, so will your tea experience.

Your tea will also be accompanied by info about the tea and the tea farms themselves.

To know where your tea is coming from, who has grown and produced it, to taste the difference in teas from around the world…what could be better?

Taster’s Review:

I know that I’ve said it before:  I love Houjicha (or Hojicha, as it is sometimes called).  I love the roasty-toasty flavor of it, and the sweet, honey caramel notes.  It’s one of those teas that really remind me of autumn.

And this is quite possibly the best Houjicha tea that I’ve ever tasted.  Yes, it’s sweet and roasty-toasty, with a very pleasant nutty flavor.  But there is something more to this one, something that I don’t always experience with Houjicha.  And that’s the creamy note that I’m tasting now.  Sweet and almost milky.

According to the information that is included with the teas in the Global Tea Taster’s Club package, this particular Houjicha was harvested in June of this year.  That’s roughly about three months ago!   I have to believe that it is the freshness of this Houjicha that makes it stand out above the rest … and the fact that it is organically grown doesn’t hurt either.

I am so happy with this August shipment of teas from the ITFA Global Tea Taster’s Club (and it makes me wonder what is in store for us for October!)  If you love tea – you’ve gotta sign up!  You’ll be glad you did.


Co-Founder/Co-Creator of SororiTea Sisters, Mad Tea Artist at 52Teas
Anne (aka the Mad Tea Artist) has celebrated her 29th birthday for many years now. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her hubby and her youngest daughter. Her oldest daughter is married and has bestowed Anne with the proud title of "Gramma" and her grandson is about the cutest boy you ever did see.

Anne started her journey with tea as a casual drinker and became more serious about her tea drinking when she realized that she couldn't drink coffee. Shortly thereafter, she started becoming obsessed with the beverage and she started creating small-batch, artisan blends of tea that she sold online as LiberTEAS. After a few years, she realized she wasn't cut out to be the sole proprietor of a business so she closed LiberTEAS and started reviewing teas online. She met Jennifer through another blog that they both reviewed for and they decided to start their own review blog. This review blog!

Throughout her journey as a tea reviewer, she discovered 52Teas and became enamored with the idea of creating a new tea every week. When the founder of 52Teas decided he wanted to move on, he offered the business to Anne but knowing that she wasn't cut out to be a sole proprietor, she instead offered the company to her oldest daughter who employs her as the Mad Tea Artist for 52Teas!

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