Yoshi-Cha Loose Tin
Yoshi-Cha Loose Tin
Yoshi-Cha Loose Tin
Yoshi-Cha Loose Tin
Yoshi-Cha Loose Tin
Yoshi-Cha Loose Tin
Yoshi-Cha Loose Tin
Yoshi-Cha Loose Tin
Yoshi-Cha Loose Tin
Yoshi-Cha Loose Tin
Yoshi-Cha Loose Tin
Yoshi-Cha Loose Tin

Yoshi-Cha Loose Tin


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Cooling with hints of spice, earth and a subtle bite of citrus, this exquisite tea blend was crafted in collaboration with nationally celebrated chef Yoshi Okai of Austin’s Otoko restaurant. Inspired by his passion for Japanese cuisine paired with his love of Austin’s signature sensibilities, this blend will give you a glimpse into the mind and taste of the creativity that fuels one of the country’s best chefs. 

$5 from each tin sold will be donated to the Austin Asian Community Health Initiative (AACHI), an organization devoted to improving the health & well-being of Asians in Central Texas through advocacy, education, and support.

Learn more about Yoshi-Cha here

Tasting Notes:

Lemon verbena, balsam fir, toasted marshmallow 

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I recommend this product

Amazingly versatile tea

I had this for the first time at a dinner for my son's birthday at Otoko in Austin last month. They served it cold and prepared it cold, I highly recommend trying this if you have it. Hopefully this one sticks around.

Nikolaos T.
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An awesome unique tea

Lovely flavors, smell, consistency. A unique taste that have not experienced in tea before. Recommend it with no hesitation.

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understood the assignment

Punk Rock Green Tea as a descriptor might provoke an eye roll but Chef Yoshi and Smith really did the damn thing with this blend. Sansho and hojicha are a match made in foodie heaven. While I couldn't individually pinpoint the yerba santa, sage or yaupon they definitely brought a body and broad savoriness to the table that is immensely enjoyable. In fact, I would say this leans more in the direction of culinary tea than any previous collaborations as it opens the palette and inspires bountiful pairings. Its so different than any of Smith's main offerings and I hope it is considered for full-time status. If you are already in the market for a luxury blend , I highly recommend.

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I can see why this is expensive. It’s a yummy unique blend. Many delicious flavors in this tea all blend so well together. I really like like sage.


Hojicha roasted green tea, yerba santa, yaupon, sansho pepper and sage. 

Blend Numerology

Blend No. 1603 – The street number for Otoko, the 12-seat Japanese restaurant located at the South Congress Hotel in Austin, Texas, helmed by acclaimed chef Yoshi Okai and our collaborator on this tea blend. 


For best flavor, bring 8 oz of freshly drawn filtered water to a boil. Steep 1 tsp of loose tea for 5 minutes and enjoy while planning your next trip to visit Otoko in Austin 

  • Select an Ingredient:
  • hojicha
  • Sage
  • Sansho Pepper
  • yaupon
  • yerba santa


Japanese Roasted Green Tea

Hojicha is the biproduct of making Sencha and Bancha and comes from the discarded misshapen leaves and stems during those teas' production. An extra step is added, through roasting the tea, which creates a very different flavor profile and makes for a lightly caffeinated cup. Deceptively rich, with notes of honey, cacao and wood.

Kagoshima Prefecture

Kagoshima Prefecture is located on the southern most part of Kyushu Island and is the second largest tea producing prefecture in Japan (after Shizuoka). It is also famous for Sakurajima, Japan's most active volcano that is pretty hard to miss if you spend anytime in Kagoshima City. Harvest time for the tea used to make Houjicha happens from April through September.



Sage is a perennial, evergreen shrub native to the Mediterranean region and has been established in many places throughout the world. It is a member of the mint family and has a long history of medicinal and culinary applications. Beloved for its savory flavor, it appears in many European cuisines, particularly Italian, Balkan, and Middle Eastern.


Turkey is one of the oldest permanently settled regions in the world and bridges Europe and Asia. Turkey is nestled in the Anatolia Peninsula and is home to many cultivated plants since the introduction of agriculture. In addition to its vast biodiversity, Turkey has a diverse culture influenced by a blend of other cultures during migration between the two continents.

Sansho Pepper

Japanese pepper

Sansho pepper is harvested from the Japanese prickly ash, which is closely related to Sichuan pepper. Unlike Sichuan, however, Sansho pepper has a distinctive green color, beautiful citrus notes and tasting notes of squash blossoms, orange marmalade and thai basil. Though don’t be mistaken, Sansho still has a signature spicy sensation said to increase one’s appetite by leaving a cooling sensation on the tongue. Traditionally used in Japanese cuisine as a condiment for unagi (grilled eel), sansho is also one of the components of an authentic shichimi togarashi, or Japanese seven spice.


An island located in the northwest Pacific Ocean, Japan is the eleventh-most populous country in the world, and one of the most densely populated and urbanized.

Sansho Pepper


Caffeinated Herb

Yaupon is the only caffeinated plant native to North America. It grows wild as a shrub and thrives in arid, desert regions in the south, especially Texas. Called “beloved tree” by the Cherokees, yaupon has a long history in native cultures and was long celebrated as a medicinal and tea of status. Over the past decade, yaupon has made a comeback as a caffeinated herbal infusion for its distinct malty flavor profile and its potential as a sustainable crop. The particular yaupon we source has tasting notes of browned butter, bark chips and roasted coconut.

Cat Springs, Texas

Cat Spring, Texas is one of the first German-American settlements in the state and was named for a nearby spring where a puma was killed by one of the German immigrants. The community was the location of Texas' first agricultural society, and was the site of a station on the Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad established in the 1890s. Cat Springs is home to CatSpring Yaupon, a wonderful group of farmers who are reviving this distinctive caffeinated herb for tea.

Yerba Santa

Medicinal Herb

Yerba Santa translates from Spanish to “sacred herb”, named by Spanish missionaries who were impressed with the plant’s beneficial qualities. This aromatic, evergreen shrub is native to the southwest United States and northern Mexico and its leaves have been used in traditional herbalism for centuries. Its flavor is unique with notes of pine resin, clover and cotton candy.


The United States of America is a North American nation considered to be the world’s leading economic, cultural, and military power. It is made up of 50 states and is the third most populous country in the world. The US is also home to some of the most diverse landscape around, being home to natural wonders such as the Grand Canyon (one of the seven wonders of the world) and urban epicenters such as New York City.