Distinctive Genmaicha combines green tea leaves with toasted brown rice, originally conceived as an inexpensive way to double a household’s tea supply. Combining late-harvest Sencha leaves and popped or toasted rice, Genmaicha is robust and earthy, with a unique textural appeal.
Is This Your Tea?
Create Your Ritual to Calm
When you eat purposefully and minding all your senses, you experience the true essence of your food. This approach to mindful eating is perfectly complemented by brewing a cup of Genmaicha and taking your time to savor its nutty, earthy flavors.
How to Brew Genmaicha
Place 1 tablespoon into a tea strainer.
Boil 1 cup of water and let it cool for 90 seconds.
Pour water and steep for 30 seconds. Serve and enjoy.
Place 3 tablespoons in a cold brew tea pitcher.
Add 8 cups of cold water.
Refrigerate for 3 to 6 hours. Pour a cup, sip and enjoy the moment.
*Please refer to the specific directions on your tea’s packaging for best results
Respecting the Leaf
How Genmaicha Is Produced
01 Genmaicha grows on a tea plantation in Japan
Genmaicha starts as Sencha tea leaves, growing in direct sunlight to produce higher levels of vitamin C and flavor-imparting tannins.
02 Genmaicha Is Harvested Between Summer and Autumn
The “first flush” is the first spring harvest of young Sencha leaves. Genmaicha is harvested as Bancha tea leaves, after the second flush.
03 Once Harvested, Bancha Leaves Are Steamed, Not Roasted
This is the step that differentiates Japanese green tea from others. Steaming leaves for 15 to 20 seconds within 12 to 20 hours after harvest prevents the oxidization process.
04 Steamed Leaves Are Laid Out to Dry and Then Rolled
By rolling the leaves soon after drying, the leaves retain their natural green color, aroma and nutritional elements.
05 Leaves Are Sorted and Brown Rice Is Added
Rolled, needle-like leaves are separated and categorized to create Genmaicha. The blend of tea leaves and toasted brown rice, called genmai, is mixed at a 1-1 ratio.
Did You Know? Genmaicha is made with toasted, or popped, brown rice, and is known as “popcorn tea.”