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Genmaicha is a type of tea which is very popular in Japan, made by combining Sencha green tea with toasted rice. The term genmaicha collectively means "brown rice tea." Gen can be interpreted as "dark," while mai simply means "rice." In this case, gen can be understood as "unpolished," or "unhulled" since it is placed directly before mai. And cha means "tea." Genmai Cha is quite famous for its unique roasted flavor. Sencha tea is more strongly flavored than some other types of green tea, picked in the spring and steamed immediately after picking and then dried in hot air before being pan roasted. The leaves of Sencha are tightly furled, and have a slightly bittersweet flavor which pairs well with toasted rice.
It is body-friendly and an ideal beverage for a Macrobiotic diet. Tea steeped from these tea leaves has a light yellow hue. Its flavor is mild and combines the fresh grassy flavor of green tea with the aroma of the roasted rice. Nice combination of nutty roasted aroma and natural green earthy flavor. Genmai Cha radiates inviting taste perfection that delights and warms your senses. Its distinctive smooth and mild flavor come from a harmonious blend of young tea leaves, roasted brown rice.Our Organic Genmaicha is a made from organic Sencha and organic roasted rice. Our Genmai Cha flavor is never dominated by the roasted rice. The subtle touch of Sencha bestows a natural sweetness, as well as a satisfying sheer green color to your brewed tea.
All of these aspects combined make Genmai Cha a great "gateway" tea. It is an easy tea to savor for those new to green teas. The "grassy," and "spinach-y" notes that often turn green tea neophytes off are sweetened and refined with nutty overtones of rice. It has a unique taste that most are sure to find unusually pleasing. When recommending green tea to those not yet exposed to it, Genmai Cha is a natural choice.
Brewing Guide: 1 teaspoon per 8 ounces water. The water to steep this tea should typically be about 80–85 °C (176–185 °F). A steeping time of 3–5 minutes is recommended. For a cup of Iced Tea: put 50% more tea leaves into a teapot. Steep as directed for hot tea. Once you brew it, put ice into the cup to lock in the aroma.