Japan Genmaicha - Green Tea

Sencha with roasted rice

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Type of tea: Green tea

Ingredients: Green tea, roasted rice, puffed rice (1%)



  • About the tea

    The combination of the slightly grassy citrus notes of the Sencha with the nutty, spicy sweetness of the roasted rice brings an exciting complexity to the cup. What started out as an accident is now a popular classic among Japanese tea specialties.

    As is often the case, there are contradictory statements about the origin of Genmaicha. Legend has it that rice was roasted in a tea garden for lunch in a pan that was actually reserved for stopping the oxidation of the tea. But the taste was convincing and a new delicacy was born. Sometimes the rice pops into so-called flowers when roasted and is reminiscent of popcorn. Genmaicha is therefore a real delight both in terms of taste and appearance.

    But why is green tea roasted in pans? In order to preserve the green color and flavor characteristics of green tea, the oxidation must be stopped immediately after picking. To do this, the tea leaves are roasted in large, wok-like pans, among other things.

  • Characteristics

    Leaf: Deep green, needle-shaped tea leaves with dark roasted brown rice and white popped rice grains.

    Infusion: Fine yellow to green color.

    Aroma: Sweet notes of roasted grains, balanced with green vegetable aroma of Sencha leaves

    Taste: The taste of Genmaicha is mild and combines the grassy green notes of the green tea with the sweet barley notes of the roasted rice. Overall, Genmaicha has a soft umami feeling in the mouth.

  • About processing

    Picking time: Spring

    Oxidation: 0 %

    Japan Genmaicha is made from a blend of sencha leaves harvested in spring when new and fresh leaves appear and added to roasted brown rice.

    The sweetness and starch of the rice create an infusion with a warm, full and nutty taste. A tea that even tea beginners will appreciate, which is easy to drink and which relieves all digestive problems.


Preparation recommendation

Like any green tea, genmaicha should be brewed with warm (not boiling) water and not allowed to steep for too long to avoid bitterness and astringency in the cup. Green tea is not fermented, which means that polyphenols and tannins remain in higher concentrations, adding bitterness to the tea if left to steep for too long.

Water: Heat your water to 70 - 80 °C.

Quantity: 6 - 7 g loose tea for 500 ml water

Steeping time: 1.5 minutes is enough to get the most out of your Genmaicha. Do not let it steep for more than 2 minutes, but you can repeat the infusion once or twice with the same leaves to achieve the same result.

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Japan Genmaicha - Green Tea

History of Japan Genmaicha

Japan Genmaicha is a very famous brown rice green tea. Sometimes called "popcorn tea", this green tea is blended with roasted brown rice grains, some of which pop when roasted and look like popcorn.

According to legend, one day a samurai's servant, called Genmai, was preparing tea for his master. As he was pouring his master's favorite tea into the cup, a few grains of brown rice fell from his sleeve right into the cup containing the tea. The samurai was so angry that his servant spoiled his favorite tea that he drew his sword and beheaded his servant. However, when he sat back and tasted the infusion, he realized that the rice had not spoiled the tea, but had transformed it into a better version. The taste was much better than before. The master immediately felt sorry for killing his servant and decided that this tea should be served every morning in honor of his deceased servant. In addition, he decided to call the tea Genmaicha, which means "tea of ​​Genmai."

Japan Genmaicha is a blend of Japan Sencha leaves mixed with roasted brown rice.


Altitude: 600 m

Japan Sencha is grown throughout Japan, but the main growing area for Sencha tea (which forms the basis for Japan Genmaicha) is in the rich and fertile areas around the Sasama River, which have a temperate climate.

When should you drink Japanese Genmaicha?

Genmaicha pairs well with savory dishes or as an after-dinner drink, as its sweet and dessert-like notes provide the perfect balance to savory dishes.

Genmaicha is also an excellent morning and afternoon tea if you are looking for a lower caffeine alternative. Genmaicha infusion is the best choice as a coffee substitute.

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