Buckwheat Tea (Sobacha) そば茶

Jump to Recipe Discussion
  • Brewed from buckwheat grains, this healthy and delicious Buckwheat Tea or Sobacha will be your new favorite drink! A popular tea in Japan, it is a great way to get the many benefits, along with its antioxidant power. You could enjoy it cold or warm and it’s perfect for an evening drink just before bed. 

    Hot buckwheat tea (sobacha) served in a glass cup.

    Do you want to add a new and healthy beverage to your diet? If yes, then, you must try Buckwheat Tea or Sobacha (そば茶) and start drinking it regularly. The tea offers immense health benefits and it is absolutely one of our favorite beverages to relax and build up our immune system.

    Of late Mr. JOC and I have started drinking more non-caffeinated drinks like buckwheat tea in replace of coffee and green tea. We still love our coffee and green tea, but we wanted to incorporate more simple yet healthy habits to keep our energy in check. Are you interested in knowing more about buckwheat tea? Keep reading this post!

    What is Buckwheat Tea (Sobacha)?

    Buckwheat tea, known as Sobacha (そば茶) in Japan, is a tea made from roasted buckwheat (soba 蕎麦,そば) grains, leaves, or flowers of the plant. The tea is drunk for enjoyment apart from health purposes.

    Buckwheat Tea Packages | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.com

    Buckwheat tea is also known as memil-cha (메밀차) in Korea and kuqiao-cha (苦荞茶) in China. In the most recent development, tartari buckwheat grown in Gangwon Province in Korea is popular for making memil-cha, as it is nuttier and contains more rutin (plant pigment that is found in certain fruits and vegetables, and is known for powerful antioxidant properties).

    Buckwheat tea (sobacha) in glass cups.
    Each brand of buckwheat tea yields a slightly different flavor and color.

    What Does Buckwheat Tea Taste Like?

    The tea has a dry, nutty, earthy taste and a light scent.

    How to Serve Buckwheat Tea

    Brew the buckwheat tea just like any other tea and enjoy it as is without adding any sweetener or milk. You can serve either warm or cold. In today’s post, I’ll show you how to make the tea from grains.

    Where to Find Buckwheat Tea

    Look for them at Japanese or Asian markets and health food stores. Amazon sells some brands as well.

    Hot buckwheat tea (sobacha) served in a glass cup.

    Amazing Benefits of Buckwheat Tea

    There are incredible health benefits to drinking buckwheat tea. Sure, green tea is rich in antioxidants and is beneficial for overall health. However, if you have been advised to cut down on caffeine intake in your diet, buckwheat tea is the best alternative, offering all the benefits of green tea sans caffeine.

    In nutshell, here are some of the health benefits I found online:

    • Helps in managing diabetes (reduce the concentration of glucose in the body)
    • Helps in the immune system (high in various antioxidants and vitamins)
    • Aids in digestion (antioxidant improves digestive function, eliminate bloating and constipation)
    • Improves heart health (lower levels of blood pressure and cholesterol count)
    • Prevents kidney problems (antioxidants slow the progression of the condition)
    • Reduce the risk of cancer (help defend against cellular mutation and the spread of cancer)
    • Promotes weight loss (low in calorie, stimulate metabolism, eliminate water weight)

    But it is much more than the healthful compounds that I drink buckwheat tea; I also enjoy its subtlety and the relaxation it brings to my mind.

    Note: Just One Cookbook is not specialized in health facts, so please do your own research if you would like to find out more about the health benefits of buckwheat tea.

    Hot buckwheat tea (sobacha) served in a glass cup.

    How to Make Buckwheat Tea (Sobacha)

    If you want to brew the tea, all you need is dry buckwheat grains* and a saucepan or teapot!

    • Step 1: Boil 3 ⅓ cups (800 ml) of water in a saucepan on the stove or in an electric kettle.
    • Step 2 – saucepan: Add 2 Tbsp (20 grams) of roasted buckwheat grains to the saucepan and boil for 30 seconds.
    • Step 2 – teapot: Add 2 Tbsp (20 grams) of roasted buckwheat grains and boiling water in the teapot.
    • Step 3: Allow the tea to steep for 3-4 minutes before straining.
    • Step 4: Serve hot.
    • Step 5: Brew 2-3 more times, but add a few minutes to the steeping time.

    *When making the tea from leaves and blossoms, add 1 to 2 tablespoons of dried tea to 1 cup of hot water and let steep for 5 to 10 minutes.

    Perfect Tea for The Evening

    Since we tend to work late at night after our kids go to bed, we found ourselves battling to concentrate on the overwhelming list of to-do. It is not exactly the wisest thing when we have to film recipes in the late evening. We get tempted with the food and often find ourselves snacking our way to stay awake. With buckwheat tea, we are able to relax and concentrate better. While I am not sure if I can successfully lose weight with buckwheat tea, I sure feel more energized and sleep better. Since it’s not caffeinated, it makes a great cup of tea to drink in the evening. I hope you enjoy Sobacha just like we do!

    Hot buckwheat tea (sobacha) served in a glass cup.

    Potential Downsides

    Consumption of buckwheat is not associated with many adverse health effects when consumed in moderation. However, some people may be allergic to buckwheat.

    Hot buckwheat tea (sobacha) served in a glass cup.

    Sign up for the free Just One Cookbook newsletter delivered to your inbox! And stay in touch with me on FacebookPinterestYouTube, and Instagram for all the latest updates.

    4.8 from 5 votes
    Buckwheat tea (sobacha) in glass cups.
    Buckwheat Tea (Sobacha)
    Cook Time
    4 mins
    Total Time
    4 mins
     

    Brewed from buckwheat grains, this healthy and delicious Buckwheat Tea or Sobacha will be your new favorite drink! A popular tea in Japan, it is a great way to get the many benefits, along with its antioxidant power. Enjoy it cold or warm.

    Course: Drinks
    Cuisine: Japanese
    Keyword: buckwheat noodles, soba
    Servings: 1 (or more)
    Author: Nami
    Ingredients
    With a saucepan on the stove
    • 2 Tbsp buckwheat tea (20 g)
    • 3 ⅓ cups water (800 ml)
    With a teapot
    • 2 Tbsp buckwheat tea (20 g)
    • 3 ⅓ cups water (800 ml)
    With a tea bag
    • 1 tea bag (See Notes for the brand I use)
    • ¾ cup water (180 ml)
    Instructions
    1. Gather the ingredients. Please adjust the amount of water (or buckwheat tea) based on your preference.
      Buckwheat Tea Sobacha Ingredients
    With a saucepan on the stove
    1. Boil 3 ⅓ cups (800 ml) of water in a saucepan on the stove and add 2 Tbsp (20 grams) of buckwheat tea.

      Buckwheat Tea Sobacha 1
    2. Boil for 30 seconds and turn off the heat. Cover the saucepan with a lid and allow the tea to steep for 3-4 minutes.
    3. Strain the tea over fine mesh sieve and serve hot.
      Buckwheat Tea Sobacha 4
    With a teapot
    1. Boil 3 ⅓ cups (800 ml) of water in an electric kettle or a saucepan on the stove. Add 2 Tbsp (20 grams) of roasted buckwheat grains to a teapot.
      Buckwheat Tea Sobacha 5
    2. Pour boiling water over the buckwheat in the teapot. Allow the tea to steep for 3-4 minutes before straining.
      Buckwheat Tea Sobacha 6
    3. Serve hot.
      Buckwheat Tea Sobacha 7
    With a tea bag
    1. Boil ¾ cup (180 ml) of water in an electric kettle or a saucepan on the stove. Add 1 tea bag in a teacup or teapot and pour boiling water over the tea bag.

      Buckwheat Tea Sobacha 8
    2. Allow the tea to steep for 2 minutes before removing the tea bag. Serve hot.
      Buckwheat Tea Sobacha 9
    To Serve Cold:
    1. Let the buckwheat tea cool to room temperature before storing in the refrigerator. Serve cold.
    To Brew Again:
    1. Brew 2-3 more times, but add a few minutes to the steeping time.
    Recipe Notes

    Buckwheat Tea (Sobacha) Tea Bag: You can purchase on Amazon.

     

    Recipe by Namiko Chen of Just One Cookbook. All images and content on this site are copyright protected. Please do not use my images without my permission. If you’d like to share this recipe on your site, please re-write the recipe in your own words and link to this post as the original source. Thank you.

    You Might Also Like...

  • Just One Cookbook Essential Japanese Recipes

    Love Our Recipes?

    Leave A Comment

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

    What type of comment do you have?

    Discussion

  • bond wrote:
    • Nami wrote:
    • Lion wrote:
      • Nami wrote:
    • Lion wrote:
  • Lion wrote:
    • Nami wrote:
  • Susan wrote:
    • Nami wrote:
      • Lion wrote:
        • Nami wrote:
          • Matt wrote:
            • Nami wrote:
  • Nao Rodrigo wrote:
    • Nami wrote:
  • noni wrote: