- Mugicha/ Boricha/ Maicha are different names for 'roasted barley tea'. It is a healthy herbal tea made from un-hulled barley grains. It can be enjoyed hot and cold and is caffeine free.
Mugicha is considered the 'taste of summer' in most Japanese households and enjoyed cold and interestingly in China (called Maicha) and Korea (called Boricha) it is enjoyed hot and is a staple with all meals.
This tea has a slightly smoky aroma and a light nutty flavor. It can be a great substitute for coffee and its caffeine free, making it an all day tea.
Gifu Prefecture, Japan
Tea: 3 g Water: 100 C, 1 cup Time: 1-5 min
Recommended number of steeping : 2-3 times
How to prepare:
There is no set rule for brewing tea because each tea type is different.
This is a rough guide to get you started. Please experiment to find your ideal steeping time based on your personal taste.
Before preparing any type of tea always warm the teapot and tea cups by rinsing it with hot water.
Put 3 g of tea in the preheated tea pot and add water at 100 C and let it steep for 1-5 minutes.
When brewing in a tea pot please pour the tea out in cups until the last drop to avoid over steeping the tea left in the teapot as this will result in a unpleasant and bitter flavor.
For the subsequent infusions, experiment with the steep timing , increasing it by 1 minute or more depending on your liking. Discover the nuances of tea with every infusion.