I have been drinking some houjicha and I have brewed it today but it seems to smell and taste slightly acidic. Is this normal / healthy?

Storage: foil lined zip lock bag

Brewing: 75C, 1 tbsp for 2 large cups

  • In addition to the answer below, it's worth noting that hojicha is a fully roasted tea, and sometimes improper roasting can make the resulting tea seem bitter, astringent, and acidic. This sometimes just happens, and if you're struggling with it, I would consider buying hojicha from a different source.
    – Slate
    Aug 7, 2023 at 18:10

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Your water's not hot enough.

It's not a tea I've tried myself, so a little google-fu was employed to find the consensus is boiling water, for one minute steep/brew/mash.

I found similar instructions in many places, but this was the most comprehensive, from letsdrinktea.com - Houjicha Guide

Brewing Instructions

  • Pour some boiling water into the empty teapot to warm it up. Discard the water and dry the teapot.
  • Put one heaping teaspoon of tea leaves into the teapot for each cup you plan to make.
  • Pour the exact amount of boiling water into the teapot that you will need to fill the cups. You do not want to leave any water in the teapot after the cups are filled.
  • Let the leaves steep for one minute.
  • Pour a small amount of tea into the first cup, then pour the same amount into every other cup. Continue filling the cups a little at a time, making sure that each cup contains the same amount of the weaker first pours and the stronger last drops. DO NOT fill one cup completely and then move on to the next cup.
  • Continue pouring until the teapot is completely empty. You want the leaves to be as dry as possible to ensure a quality second infusion
  • With most types, you will get two or three good infusions. For the second, repeat the steps above. For the third, double the steeping time.

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