Kukicha is the ultimate “waste-free” tea. Instead of throwing away the stems and twigs separated from the leaves during the process for producing Sencha or Matcha tea, we reuse them to make another tea!
However, it is hard to find a fine-quality Kukicha tea because they are mostly made from a mixture of stems from different harvests, stems from late harvests or old stems and twigs that are then roasted.
With our IRO organic Premium Kukicha, we wanted to create a truly exceptional tea, which is why we use exclusively 100% organic Sencha tea stems and leaves from the first spring harvest. These carefully selected stems come from tea bushes cultivated by our expert, eco-friendly Japanese farmers in the mountainous region of Shizuoka.
Kukicha tea has the benefit of being low in theine (caffeine) because the stems contain much less than the leaves.
This tea can be enjoyed at all ages, at all times of the day and even by those who are sensitive to caffeine.
Kukicha tea is rich in minerals, trace elements and amino acids; it has positive effects on the metabolism, is a good alkaliser and is also recommended for macrobiotic diets.
As well as enjoying a cup of hot IRO Premium Kukicha tea, it also makes an exquisite cold brew, which brings out its naturally fruity and surprisingly sweet flavour.
For 1 person: brew 2-3 grams of Kukicha (2 teaspoons) in 60-100 ml of water at 70 degrees for 60 to 90 seconds.
For more than one person, adjust the quantities accordingly and pour a little at a time moving from cup to cup until the very last drop to balance the flavour.
Fine quality Japanese green tea can be brewed several time using the same leaves. For a second brew, use 60 to 100 ml of water at 80 degrees and leave to brew for just 20 to 30 seconds.
For a delicious homemade iced tea: 15 to 20 grams of Kukicha in 1 litre of cold water.
Leave to infuse in the fridge (you can purchase special bottles for cold infusions) for at least 3 hours or preferably overnight.
Filter the tea (for example, with a Matcha tea strainer) and enjoy with or without ice.
You can then infuse the same tea leaves a second time with cold water for 12 to 24 hours in the fridge for a second, lighter and even more refreshing iced tea.
Additional information for connoisseurs
Altitude of the tea fields: 400 to 600 metres
Stems: 100% first-harvest Sencha tea
Steaming: short (Asamushi)