Decadent Hojicha Latte

A rich and decadent Japanese hojicha tea latte made with a frothy cream topping that’s both sweet and a little salty. 

Hojicha latte

Hojicha Latte

This hojicha hot drink is basically a hojicha latte but way, way, way more decadent.

  • Made with a rich, frothy whipped cream.
  • Sweet and delicious.
  • It’s THE perfect drink for those chilly winter nights where you’re tucked in under a blanket.
  • Hojicha is a roasted green tea so there’s caffeine in this drink.

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Hojicha tea recipe

Questions You May Have

What is hojicha?
Hojicha is a Japanese roasted green tea. It gets its reddish brown color through the roasting process. It’s made up of twigs and leaves of the tea plant.

What does hojicha taste like?
Because hojicha is roasted, it has a nutty, toasted, caramel-like taste. 

Is there caffeine in this drink?
Yes, there’s caffeine in a hojicha latte. Due to the roasting process, there’s less caffeine in hojicha than regular green tea.

Can I use hojicha in tea bags or ground hojicha instead of loose tea?
I prefer loose tea since it’s the best quality but you can replace it with tea bags or ground hojicha. Replace 2 teaspoons of loose tea with 1 tea bag or 1 teaspoon of ground hojicha.

Hojicha Tips

  • For the best quality hojicha latte, use loose tea.
  • If you’re trying to replace coffee with tea, hojicha is a great tea to go with because of its roasty flavor. 
  • The cream froth topping adds a decadent touch, but if you want to make it simpler, replace the cream froth with half & half.

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Hojicha tea latte ingredients

What You’ll Need

Hojicha tea

How to Make It

There’s 2 parts to this drink:

  • Sweetened hojicha 
  • Vanilla cream froth

Hojicha tea

STEP 1: Boil water.

Boil water on the stovetop or if using an electric kettle with a temperature setting set it to 208°F.

Tea tastes better when it’s made with the best tasting water so use filtered water if possible.

STEP 2: Combine tea and hot water in a teapot.

I’m making hojicha loose tea so I’m using  glass teapot with a strainer. 

STEP 3: Cover teapot and steep for 5 minutes.

Hojicha tea

STEP 4: Strain tea leaves and pour hot tea into a cup. Stir in brown sugar until completely dissolved.

Set aside.

Hojicha tea latte recipe

STEP 5: Lightly whip heavy cream, sugar, salt, and vanilla extract.

Cream froth is a lightly whipped cream. 

Whip using a handheld milk frother for about 10 seconds. Once it has thickened, stop whisking — it’s done.

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Hojicha tea recipe

The tricky part is not to overwhip. We don’t want whipped cream with the stiff peaks. 

The consistency to aim for is a thickened cream. When you try to pour the cream, it should be able to, but just slowly.

If you overwhipped, just add a little more heavy cream (one teaspoon at a time) and stir it in using a spoon. 

Hojicha tea latte recipe

STEP 6: Pour cream froth into cup with tea.

How to make Hojicha tea latte

The cream froth is light since we whipped air into it, so it’ll suspend itself on top of the tea for a bit.

Hojicha tea latte

I don’t like to stir the cream froth into the tea but just drink it as is, tasting the cream first, then the tea. 

It’s SO SO GOOD. 

 

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Hojicha Tea with Vanilla Cream Froth

Hojicha Tea with Vanilla Cream Froth

Yield: Makes 1 serving

Luscious creamy topping adds a decadent touch to hojicha tea.

Instructions

  1. Boil water.
    If using an electric kettle with a temperature setting, set it to 208°F.
    (Filtered water is best.)
  2. Combine tea and hot water in a teapot.
    Use a teapot with a strainer or infuser to make it easier to make without a mess.
  3. Cover teapot and steep for 5 minutes.
  4. Strain tea leaves and pour hot tea into a cup. Stir in brown sugar until completely dissolved.
    Set aside.
  5. Lightly whip heavy cream, sugar, salt, and vanilla extract.
    Whip using a handheld milk frother for about 10-15 seconds. Once it has thickened, stop whisking -- it's done. Don't overwhip. The lightly whipped cream should be pourable.
  6. Pour cream froth into cup with tea.

Notes

If you overwhipped the cream froth, just add a little more heavy cream (one teaspoon at a time) and stir it in using a spoon. 

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3 Comments

  • 1 year ago

    This looks so good! I REALLY love hojicha as a choice for lattes. It stands up well to dairy but doesn’t pack too much of a punch.

  • 10 months ago

    This looks awesome! Do you think this would be good iced?

    • Oh, How Civilized
      10 months ago

      Hi Natasha, DEFINITELY!

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