Genmaicha Green Tea
Genmaicha Green Tea (Genmai Cha) is one of the world’s most unique teas – just open the bag and you’ll see why. Genmai is the Japanese word for Brown Rice, and Cha is the Japanese word for tea. So, together you have Brown Rice Tea, also known as “Popcorn Tea”, since some of the rice kernels can pop during roasting, which then look like little pieces of popped corn in the tea blend.
The tea is usually made using Japanese Sencha or Bancha grade teas – ours is a steamed Sencha – and is blended with roasted rice kernels making the tea look as though it has been mixed with popcorn. The flavor of Genmaicha is light, with mild nutty overtones. The tea should be brewed at a slightly higher temperature than most green teas in order to bring out this wonderfully mild flavor. Genmaicha is an excellent palate cleanser and is perfect for drinking with Asian-themed meals. This quality has made it one of the most popular teas in Japan, the country where it originated. Although the version we offer here is actually grown in China, it is produced to exacting Japanese standards. As well it is grown organically; no pesticides or chemical fertilizers were used in its production.
Throughout the tea trade legends abound as to how the combination of tea and roasted rice was discovered. The most popular of these centers around the household of a Samurai warlord in the 15th century. After arriving home from battle, the Samurai called for his manservant Genmai to bring him some freshly brewed tea in order that he might refresh himself. Genmai quickly dropped what he was doing, which was taking stock of the house rice supply. In his haste Genmai failed to realize that some rice had found its way into the folds of the sleeves of his robe. As he rushed to prepare the tea, some grains of the rice fell into the tea pot. His Master, filled with an unsatiated bloodlust after a fierce battle, yelled again for his tea. Genmai had no choice but to bring him the pot that had the rice in it.
Unfortunately for poor Genmai his Master became furious when he discovered that he was not being served pure tea. Moments later, the manservant’s head was rolling across the floor – Samurai did not mince words.
Killing is thirsty business and the Samurai decided he would drink the tea anyway. Much to his surprise, the tea Genmai had prepared was the most delicious beverage he had ever had. The Samurai dropped to his knees to repent for the killing of his servant and decided that henceforth he would call this new tea Genmai Cha, cha being the Japanese word for tea, in honor of his servant. Fact? Fiction? Brew yourself or your customers a pot of this wonderful tea and let us know what you decide!
We carry a number of other Japanese Teas, which we import directly from a family tea plantation in the Shizuoka Prefecture of Japan. They include or Matcha Tea, Bancha, Fukamushi Sencha, Gyokuro, Kukicha Twig Tea, Houjicha and Matcha Genmaicha.
Contains: Green tea & Roasted Rice