Hojicha is a tea made from bancha tea leaves that is very popular for its taste, distinctive color, and low caffeine content. Bancha is a name that refers to leaves from the second Sencha harvest. Hojicha, however, is unique in that, during the harvest, the branches and twigs of the plant are picked and mixed in along with the leaves. The entire batch is then pan-roasted to produce Hojicha (in contrast to Kukicha, which is steamed). The roasting removes most of the caffeine, and gives the tea a pleasant smoky flavor, in addition to a deep russet hue. A favorite among children and the elderly!