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Other namesStalk Tea, Stick Tea, Twig Tea

Quick descriptionPopular in Japan. Taste between that of gyokuro and sencha, with a light flavour and a fresh green aroma.

Temperature80 °C (176 °F)
Time40 sec to 1 min

Kukicha (茎茶), or twig tea, also known as bōcha (棒茶), is a Japanese blend made of stems, stalks, and twigs. It is available as a green tea or in more oxidised processing. Kukicha has a unique flavour and aroma among teas, due to its being composed of parts of the tea plant that are excluded from most other teas.[1]

Regular kukicha material comes from production of sencha or matcha; when coming from gyokuro's production, it takes the name of karigane (雁ヶ音 / かりがね) or shiraore (白折 / しらおれ).[2]

Kukicha has a mildly nutty and slightly creamy sweet flavour, it is made of four sorts of stems, stalks and twigs of Camellia sinensis. For best results, kukicha is steeped in water between 70 °C (158 °F) to 80 °C (176 °F). Green varieties are best steeped for less than one minute (oversteeping or steeping too hot, as with all green teas, will result in a bitter, unsavoury brew).[3][4]

It is common to steep kukicha for three or four infusions.

Kukicha is one of the preferred teas of the macrobiotic diet.[5]

Kukicha can be added to juice to make a children's drink.[6][unreliable source]

Kukicha is unique in that it is naturally very low in caffeine [7][unreliable source] without any industrial decaffeination.

Notes and references[edit]


  1. ^ "Kukicha". Archived from the original on 2016-03-03. Retrieved 2016-02-23.
  2. ^ "Karigane Usugasum (s Matchou)". Retrieved 2016-02-23.
  3. ^ "Adagio Teas". Retrieved 2016-02-23.
  4. ^ "My Japanese Green Tea". Retrieved 2016-02-23.
  5. ^ Ferre, Carl. "What is Macrobiotics?". George Ohsawa Macrobiotic Foundation.
  6. ^ Watson, Lisa. "Tea For Tots".
  7. ^ Kathryn Flynn; M.P.H. "The Caffeine in Kukicha Tea". LIVESTRONG.COM.