Octavia Tea Company offers so many unique teas and one of my favorites is their Emperor’s Genmaicha Green Tea. Created in Japan hundreds of years ago when Zen monks mixed green tea with rice, which stuck to the bottom of their cauldrons, in an effort to extend their tea. Genmaicha is now a household staple in Japan and is gaining in popularity in many cities around the world. Japanese whole leaf green tea and fire-toasted rice give each cup a nutty uniquely Asian flavor. The smooth, warming flavor of this full-body tea makes Genmaicha a popular diet aid.
Genmaicha, Japanese brown rice tea is sometimes referred to a “popcorn tea” because a few grains of the rice pop during the roasting process and resemble popcorn. Today, all segments of society consume genmaicha but originally this tea was used in poorer Japanese homes as the rice served as a filler and reduced the price of the tea giving it the additional name of “the people’s tea”. It was also used by people fasting for religious purposes or who found themselves to be between meals for long periods of time. The sugar and starch from the rice cause the tea to have a warm, full nutty flavor. It is easy to drink and helps one’s stomach feel better.
When steeped, genmaicha has a light yellow hue with a mild flavor that combines the fresh grassy flavor of green tea with the aroma of the roasted rice.
Although genmaicha has a green tea base, the recommended way to brew this tea is different from that of an average green tea. The water to brew genmaicha should be about 176F–185F. A brewing time of 3–5 minutes is recommended, depending on desired strength.
If you’d like to try Emperor’s Genmaicha Green Tea at your home, go to Octavia Tea’s website HERE or look for Octavia teas in specialty shops. If you think this sounds interesting but want to give this a try without committing to a large quantity, Octavia offers a sample size. Check out the sample size HERE.
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