Make a Perfect Hojicha Latte with our Ultimate Recipe


What is used in this Hojicha Latte Recipe?

Now that we’ve shown you our favorite hojicha latte recipe, let’s talk about what’s used to make it.

As the name would suggest, this hojicha latte recipe is made from Hojicha, the most popular type of roasted tea in Japan.

After the tea leaves have gone through the basic steaming, rolling and drying phases of a normal Japanese green tea, it is ready to be roasted.

Hojicha is made by roasting the dry tea leaves in either a hot pan or roasting machine for a longer time.

After the leaves are roasted, they can either be sold in loose leaf form, or ground into a fine powder for lattes, and that's why it works so well in this hojicha latte recipe.


Pro tips on how to make a better hojicha latte

hojicha latte and matcha latte

The key to how to make hojicha latte comes down to the ratios of water, powder and milk. 

The hojicha powder adds flavor to the hojicha latte, the oatmilk makes it creamier but the water just adds volume.

If you add too much, you will end up diluting the flavor.

If you follow the steps of the hojicha latte recipe carefully and you're careful not to add too much additional water, you should be able to make a delicious hojicha latte at home!

By the way, you may notice a similarity between this hojicha latte and a chai latte. The main difference is this is made with green tea, and chai is made with black tea. To learn more, we recommend you read our article 👉 Chai vs Matcha: Teatime Turf War is Heating Up


Hojicha Iced Latte Recipe

hojicha iced latte

When it comes to a hojicha iced latte, you can essentially follow the same steps from the original hojicha latte recipe, but just use cold ingredients instead of warm ones.

This means cold water, cold oatmilk, etc. Once you have mixed all the ingredients together, you can then pour them over ice cubes to create you hojicha iced latte

If you read this section until here, it means that you like cold drinks and hojicha! Luckily for you, we got you cover with that topic. We wrote another step by step guide in which we're teaching you 👉 How to Cold Brew Hojicha.


What is hojicha?

what is hojicha

Before you get a sip of your delicious hojicha latte, you should know what hojicha is. Hojicha is the most popular type of roasted tea.

Although the leaves and tea color look more like a black tea, it’s actually a type of green tea.

The leaves are steamed after harvest in order to deactivate the enzymes that cause oxidation. 

After the tea leaves have gone through the basic steaming, rolling and drying phases of a normal Japanese green tea, it is ready to be roasted. 

The roasting process

Hojicha is made by roasting the dry tea leaves in either a hot pan or roasting machine for a longer time. If the farmer is producing partially roasted kamairicha, they will heat the tea leaves for less time at a lower heat.

If you’re interested in learning more about what hojicha is and how its made, you can read all about it in our 👉 Complete Guide to Hojicha Tea.


What are the benefits of drinking Hojicha latte?

What are the benefits of hojicha? In total, there are 9 proven benefits:

  1. Low in caffeine
  2. Relieves stress
  3. Anti aging
  4. Immune support
  5. Cardiovascular Health
  6. Boosts Metabolism
  7. Helps with Inflammation
  8. Protects Teeth
  9. Improve Diet


How much Caffeine is in your Hojicha Latte?

hojicha latte caffeine level

Before you drink it, you may be wondering about the hojicha latte caffeine. Because milk and sugar don’t contain any caffeine, all of the caffeine is coming from the hojicha powder. 

The hojicha latte caffeine is more or less 10 milligrams in 1 teaspoon. So hojicha is definitely one of the lowest caffeine tea. Sometimes you want a nice pick me up in the afternoon, without having too much caffeine.

4:00pm might be a bit too late for a coffee or even for a sencha, but you may find that hojicha is just the perfect thing for you!

By the way, do you know all the differences between Sencha and Hojicha? If not, checkout our article 👉 Difference between Sencha vs Hojicha.

Hojicha Latte Caffeine vs Matcha Latte Caffeine

 While hojicha powder contains 10mg of caffeine per teaspoon, matcha contains 68mg of caffeine per serving, almost 7 times as much! This makes the hojicha latte caffeine content relatively low in the world of green tea lattes.

For a complete breakdown of the differences between matcha and hojicha, you can read our article 👉 Hojicha vs Matcha Differences Explained by a Tea Expert


How many calories is there in one glass of Hojicha Latte?

When it comes to the hojicha latte calories, the opposite is true. All the calories will come from the sugar and the oatmilk and very little will come from the hojicha powder. One cup of oatmilk contains 90 calories in the latte. For the sugar, it depends if you're adding it or not. On average, there are 48 calories in a tablespoon of sugar

Hojicha powder may contain about 5 calories per serving, so just add that to the amount of calories in the oatmilk and sweetener that you use. 

In total, you'll get 95 hojicha latte calories in one glass without sugar and 143 calories with the sugar. 


Can you make a hojicha oat milk latte?

If you are lactose intolerant or you simply prefer the taste of plant milk, we recommend a hojicha oat milk latte. This is the milk of choice for tea and coffee shops all around the world because it has a smooth consistency and the flavor pairs well with lattes.

You will also be getting less hojicha latte calories because plant milks are lower in calories than dairy milks.

Another benefit of the hojicha oat milk latte is that the casein in dairy milk can inhibit the absorption of certain antioxidants. You don't get this same effect when you use a plant based milk, so this is another reason to use the hojicha oat milk latte.


Where can you get Hojicha? 

If you are interested in trying some hojicha for yourself, we would recommend you try out one of our hojicha teas! As you will notice, the hojicha latte recipe calls for hojicha powder. This is a new product we recently got in, and you can try some for yourself.

If you are not following the hojicha latte recipe and you simply want to enjoy the delicious roasted flavors of hojicha tea, you can try some of our favorite hojicha from Mr. Noike.

Mr Noike

We have a great lightly roasted hojicha, the Hojicha Noike. It's produced in Kyoto.

This tea is one of the most liked by the Nio Teas community.

Because this tea is grown in the middle of a forest, it is partially shaded throughout the day and therefore it develops a natural sweetness.


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