Hatomugi Cha: Japanese Job’s Tears Tea, Not Mugicha

As I wrote in the previous article, “Mugicha (麦茶)” is the Japanese word for barley tea. Meanwhile, the Japanese tea “Hatomugi-cha (はと麦茶)” has the word Mugicha in the name, but it isn’t Mugicha.

Hatomugicha (はと麦茶)

Hatomugi Seeds

As “Hatomugi (はと麦)” means Job’s tears in Japanese, Hatomugi-cha is the tea made from the grain, specifically from the roasted one.

Hatomugi-cha or Job’s tears tea isn’t that common compared to Mugicha in Japan and can’t be seen so often, even though Japanese tea blends typically use the grain with other grains.

In many cases, the roasted Job’s tears seeds for Hatomugi-cha are sold in tea bags and the making is basically the same as that of Mugicha.


Hatomugi Cha or Japanese Job's Tears Tea

Hatomugicha is similar in taste to Mugicha, easy to drink, and contains no caffeine. It is aromatic compared to other teas and tastes like a cross between Mugicha (barley tea) and Ryokucha (green tea).

Benefits and Notes

Hatomugi Cha

Hatomugi-cha contains protein, minerals such as iron and magnesium, B1 and B2 vitamins, amino acids such as valine, potassium, coixenolide and so forth, and is said to beatify the skin. 

Coixenolide is an important component of Job’s tears seed which is beneficial to the health. The component activates skin cell metabolism and helps prevent skin troubles.

The Japanese Job’s tears tea has almost no side effects, but with too much intake of it your body can get cold.

(Reference Pages: Chanoyu, Macaroni )


Hi, I'm Tomo, a Japanese blogger living in Niigata Prefecture, Japan. For the purpose of enriching your life, I would like to introduce things about Japan on this blog, especially unique Japanese products, cooking recipes, cultures, and facts and trivia.

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