Super high-grade Genmai Cha from Japan. An outstanding cup is produced from this perfect combination of lightly roasted, popped brown rice and high-grade green tea leaf.
This handsome blend is rich and almost brothy with a delightful sweetness on top of its nutty character. Very low in caffeine.
Our true Japanese Genmai Cha can be enjoyed throughout the day and through multiple infusions.
AKA Rice Tea, Popcorn Tea
Water: 180°F | Leaves: 1 tsp per 6 ounce cup | Infusion Time: 2 minutes
Basic Steeping Tips
- Use filtered or spring water, whenever possible
- Don’t over-boil water
- Remove leaves after recommended time (adjust to taste)
- If you want stronger tea, use more leaves instead of steeping for a longer time
Leaves can be re-steeped 2-3 times resulting in various flavor differences. Don’t throw out those leaves until they have given it all up!
Another benefit to drinking green tea is that it can even help dieters. Researchers have conducted studies and have found that men who were given a combination of caffeine and green tea extract burned more calories than those only given caffeine with a placebo. It is not a cure-all for the obese, of course, since any effective weight-loss program has to address lifestyle issues, exercise, overall nutrition, metabolism, other medical conditions and so forth. However, as part of an overall plan of nutrition and wellbeing, the role of green tea should not be minimized. It has a range of salutary properties that can be of benefit to just about anyone.
Originating from Japan, Genmaicha is a green tea mixed with roasted brown rice. During the roasting process, a few grains of rice will “pop”, which is why this tea is sometimes referred to as the “popcorn tea”. Genmaicha is also known as the “people’s tea” because it was historically drunk by the lower class of Japan, with the rice used as a filler thus reducing the price of the tea. However, now Genmaicha is popular throughout the classes and is enjoyed by everyone.
According to legend, during the 15th century, a servant named Genmaicha was serving his master, a samurai warrior, some tea when a few grains of rice fell from his pocket and landed in his master’s tea. Infuriated by the contamination of his good tea, the samurai warrior pulled out his sword and chopped off Genmaicha’s head. Afterwards, the samurai warrior decided to drink the contaminated tea and was pleasantly surprised to find the taste rather pleasant. In honor of his servant, the samurai warrior ordered to have this tea served to him every morning and named it Genmaicha.