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Kukicha (茎茶), also known as Bōcha (棒茶), is a Japanese tea. The tea is a blend of stalks, stems and twigs. Mostly it's processed to green tea but is also more oxidized available. Kukicha has a unique flavor among Japanese teas and a lower content of caffeine due to use of stems and twigs. Regular Kukicha material comes from Sencha production. When coming from Gyokuro's production, it's called Karigane (雁ヶ音/かりがね) or Shiraore (白折/しらおれ).