7 Genmaicha Teas for a Savory Flavor with a Touch of Popcorn

Last updated: August 24, 2020 at 0:35 am

Genmaicha tea: tasting notes

Genmaicha tea is made by blending traditional Japanese green tea with toasted brown rice. You might actually find tiny popcorn-looking pieces of popped rice in your Genmaicha. Best kinds of Genmaicha are nutty, earthy, savory, truly satisfying.

How did Genmaicha tea come about?

Genmaicha tea has pretty humble origins in that it started out as a poor man’s brew. In old Kyoto, Genmaicha would be the staple cuppa for farmers who couldn’t afford expensive blends, monks during their fasting days, and soldiers who needed to ration their provisions. It would be a convenient way to get some extra vitamins and minerals at the price of an affordable packet of green tea. What also helped was that its rice content made it more filling than a regular cup of tea. Over time, Genmaicha has won hearts worldwide with its irresistible blend of nutty and grassy notes. There are many varieties of tea on the market today. For the authentic experience, look for one that has Sencha green tea and traditionally roasted brown rice.

Tea tips

Genmaicha is traditionally made with modest Bancha or more sophisticated Sencha as a tea base. For a real upgrade, try Gyokuro based envy green version of this fun “popcorn tea”. Another twist to the ancient recipe – Genmaicha with added Matcha powder – a tea bursting with antioxidants and flavor.

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Art of Tea Online Store

Wide selection of classic teas and signature blends in array of flavors. Loose leaf tea, sachets, tins, samples, gift sets. Kosher, Organic, Fair Trade certified. Customized tea blends offered as a part of Private Label program.
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Kyoto Tea

Kyoto Tea

An elevated twist on the classic Gen Mai Cha, our Kyoto green tea is sourced and blended by master tea blenders in Kyoto, Japan. This Japanese green tea is a Matcha Iri Genmaicha made with premium Gyokuro green tea, roasty puffed rice, and Ceremonial Matcha.
Genmaicha, 4 oz

Genmaicha, 4 oz

  • Master Tea Blenders
  • Est. 1983
  • 30-40 Cups
  • Kosher
From Tea Garden to Tea Cup In 1983, John Harney embarked on a mission to share his passion for tea. Harney & Sons offers a selection of over 275 varieties of the highest quality teas. We personally source our teas from the most reputable, established estates and gardens worldwide. Accepting only the exceptional.
Organic Genmaicha, Brown Rice Tea

Organic Genmaicha, Brown Rice Tea

  • Artisan Quality
  • Pure Leaf Teas
  • Fresh
  • USDA Organic
  • The Tao of Tea
  • Brews 60 Cups
  • Certified Organic by QAI
Origin, Shizuoka, Japan Genmaicha is a traditional and  popular Japanese green tea. It is also known as 'Brown Rice Tea', as it is a blend of steamed green tea and toasted rice. Mochi Gome A special varietal of rice known as 'Mochi-Gome' is used in making Genmaicha. Upon roasting, this varietal develops a deep golden color. It sometimes 'pops' into white kernels similar to popcorn. Organic Quality Genmaicha is judged by the quality and grade of the green tea leaves (high grades are made with select Sencha leaf) and by the flavor and quality of the toasted rice (organic is preferred). Both must be blended in proportions that create a balanced flavor.
Genmaicha Tea Organic

Genmaicha Tea Organic

A traditional combination of freshly harvested green tea leaves with roasted brown rice creating a mild, toasty aroma and warm, nutty flavor. The soothing taste of Spring in the leaves, and the nutty flavor and aroma of roasted grain that’s reminiscent of Fall, complement and enliven each other. A most delicious tea served hot or cold, it’s great for early dining and well-suited for afternoon dishes.
Genmai Cha

Genmai Cha

Genmai Cha is a classic Japanese green tea, blended with toasted, popped rice. Originally created to stretch short supplies of tea, now enjoyed by tea lovers here and abroad. Warm and nutty taste, with a lovely savory quality. A hearty cup of tea that is easy to combine with food. Genmai Cha is a great solution for those seeking a substantial, but less astringent,..
Genmaicha Loose Leaf

Genmaicha Loose Leaf

A smooth green tea blended with toasted brown rice. A Japanese tea tradition, this timeless blend offers the unique taste of fresh green tea leaves combined with roasted grains of brown rice.

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