To make soba cha, first the kernels are pan-roasted for a few minutes to bring out a more nutty, toasty flavor, then the roasted buckwheat is steeped for around two to four minutes depending on preference. After this process, you have a tea that’s nutty and earthy but still quite light. This makes for a nice refreshing, calming drink that can be especially nice to sip before bedtime.
Among other nutrients, soba cha is a particularly good source of vitamins C and E, plus antioxidants and compounds associated with reduced high blood pressure.
You can get soba cha at Uwajimaya in our tea aisle.