Houroku - Tea Roasting Pot
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Origin: Aichi, Japan
Called a “Houroku” (焙烙) in Japanese, this ceramic pot is perfect for making freshly roasted hojicha at home. The handle is hollow and serves as an easy serving spout to pour the freshly roasted green tea from without spilling.
Pre-roasted hojicha is of course wonderful, but there are many aromatic compounds which are lost in storage and transit. By roasting your own tea at home you can fill your house with the incredible caramelizing smells of roasting tea and enjoy all the flavor your tea has to offer immediately.
How to Roast Hojicha:
Place the tea in the pot and hold over medium-low heat while shaking the pot to stir the dry leaves around for 1-2 minutes or until you’re satisfied with the color and smell. Then pour through the handle-spout into your kyusu and serve while fresh.
While you can roast any tea you want (or even nuts or rice etc), we recommend making hojicha yourself with kukicha or bancha green teas.
Do not put in the microwave or dishwasher. Avoid the use of soap or detergents. Wash with water and scrub with a light brush (such as a toothbrush) if necessary.