Genmaicha [organic]

Steamed green tea with toasted rice kernels, giving a toasty flavor and tending sweet. Known as popcorn tea.
Steeping Time Steep: 3-5 Minutes
Amount: 1 Tsp. Per 6 oz.
Steeping Temperature Water Temp: 195° F
Low CaffeineLow
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This is a specialty Japanese green tea that is blended with fire-toasted rice. The fresh vegetative character of the green tea is imparted on the cup but it is tempered with the bakey-like character of the rice. There is a natural sweetness and almost chewy character to the finish of this tea. During the firing of the rice, it is not uncommon for rice to ‘pop’ not unlike popcorn, hence the pet name ‘popcorn-tea’

Legend has it that during the 1400’s an important samurai warlord in Hakone on the Izu Peninsula of Honshu Island (the Izu Peninsula is near the Shizuoka area) was having tea in the morning discussing a battle strategy with his patrol leaders. A servant by the name of Genamai was serving hot tea to the group. Leaning over to give tea to the warlord, rice that he had surreptitiously taken for a morning snack fell out of his pocket into the steaming hot tea. Some popped upon hitting the hot tea. The warlord was incensed, jumped up brandishing his samurai sword he promptly cut of Genamai’s head in one fell swoop. He then sat down to continue the meeting. Despite the fact that the tea had been tarnished he drank it anyway. The flavor was very unique and he enjoyed it tremendously. In honor of poor Genamai he pronounced that this rice and tea be served every morning and be called ‘Genmaicha’ (cha being the name of ‘tea’ in Japanese).

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Additional Info

Additional Info

Tin Weight (ounces) No
Ingredients Bancha green tea, popped corn and toasted hulled rice kernels.
Steep Temperature 195° F
Steep Time 3-5 Minutes
Caffeine Level Low Caffeine
Amount Tea 1 Tsp. Per 6 oz.
Multiple Infusion? No
Tea Attributes Certified Organic
Choose Color No


Customer Reviews (3)

Unique nutty flavorReview by Noreen
I had never heard of this tea and ordered the sample to try it. What a unique toasty/nutty flavor, It is mild and I added just a small amount of stevia and it really brought out the toasted rice flavor! (Posted on 3/31/2017)
Toasty and delicious!Review by Dollykat
My absolute favorite tea is barley tea--- or should I say WAS barley tea. THIS tea is now at the top of my list with the toasty and nutty flavor of the toasted rice making it extra delicious! I love how the toasty flavor works with the sweet green tea. Not bitter at all, this has a rich flavor that I will have to reorder asap in a larger size for sure! (Posted on 5/23/2016)
My favoriteReview by Lope Rodriguez
I was looking for a good organic variety - this one has all the qualities I look for with the organic label. (Posted on 5/10/2016)

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