Eden Organic Hojicha Chai is made from larger, coarser new green tea leaves of Summer that have begun to lose their caffeine strength. The leaves are immediately steamed, rubbed, and partially dried, just as they are for green tea. Before the leaves are completely dried though, they are placed in gas fired rotating iron ovens to be slowly roasted and then cooled. Roasting the leaves gives it a deep well rounded flavor similar to that of English black tea, but lower in caffeine than black or other green teas. Hojicha contains 67 percent less caffeine than brewed coffee. Finally, the hojicha is expertly blended with a special selection of organically grown, stimulating spices: cinnamon bark from Indonesia/Viet Nam, cardamom seeds from Guatemala, ginger root from India/Tanzania, Chinese star anise from Viet Nam, roasted chicory root from France, and cloves from Madagascar.
Eden Organic Hojicha Chai has been especially formulated by our master tea blender, experienced in the art of combining just the right spices and amount for a truly uplifting, stimulating tea. Our blender says, "Innovating, breathtaking, this audacious blend combines familiar malty notes of Hojicha with exotic Indian spices. A classic revisited." Only the finest organic ingredients are used.
Chai is the generic word for tea in many south Asian countries. It is the national drink of India, where true chai originated over 5,000 years ago. According to legend, chai was specially formulated for a king based on the principles of Ayurvedic medicine by the kings family doctor, the vaidya. The vaidya would formulate chai for each family member based on their physical and emotional conditions. These special formulations were made from a wide variety of spices and herbs. Every family had their own chai that was handed down generation to generation. In India today chai is served by vendors called 'wallahs' in virtually every train station, bus station, and public market. It is made over an open flame and served in plain clay cups. Always made with milk and traditionally with honey, but today honey has been replaced by refined sugar. We prefer Edensoy Vanilla or Extra Vanilla for a nondairy version. For a sweeter flavor try organic maple syrup or organic honey.
Most tea bags contain a plastic that allows them to be heat sealed. We didn't think this was any way to treat good tea. Every part of an Eden tea bag reflects the highest care, from its oxygen washed manila fibers, to its crimped seal and 100 percent cotton string. No whiteners or plastics used.
The flavor of tea reflects the soil it is grown in, the season picked, and the curing process. The ingredients in Eden Organic Hojicha Chai, Roasted Green Tea are nurtured according to strict organic standards. The growers are dedicated to stewardship of their land, water, and tea bushes. This dedication shows in their skillful traditional handling that gives us the best organic tea in the world.
Eden Organic Traditional Teas contain no added flavorings or dyes, and are not processed using any additives whatsoever.