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Genmaicha Japanese Green Tea - Loose Leaf
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    The Genmaicha Japanese Green Tea blend from English Tea Store is a steamed green tea from Japan with a light, golden yellow liquor with a unique, toasty rice flavor tending sweet.

    This is a specialty Japanese green tea that is blended with fire-toasted rice. A good grade Japan sencha is blended with the toasted rice. The fresh vegetative character of the green tea is imparted on the cup but it is tempered with the bakey-like character of the rice. There is a natural sweetness and almost chewy character to the finish of this tea. During the firing of the rice, it is not uncommon for rice to "pop"... not unlike popcorn, hence the pet name "popcorn-tea".

    Legend has it that during the 1400's an important samurai warlord in Hakone on the Izu Peninsula of Honshu Island (the Izu Peninsula is near the Shizuoka area) was having tea in the morning discussing a battle strategy with his patrol leaders. A servant by the name of Genamai was serving hot tea to the group. Leaning over to give tea to the warlord, rice that he had surreptitiously taken for a morning snack, fell out of his pocket into the steaming hot tea. Some popped upon hitting the hot tea. The warlord was incensed, jumped up brandishing his samurai sword he promptly cut of Genamai's head in one fell swoop. He then sat down to continue the meeting. Despite the fact that the tea had been tarnished he drank it anyway. The flavor was very unique and he enjoyed it tremendously. In honor of poor Genamai he pronounced that this rice and tea be served every morning and be called "Genmaicha" (cha being the name of "tea" in Japanese).

    How to Make Tea

    Available in 3 sizes (Please select from the options above):

    First time trying English Tea Store's Genmaicha Japanese Green Loose Leaf Tea?

    Try our Sample Size of 1 ounce.
    • Contents loose leaf tea net weight 4 ounces
    • Contents loose leaf tea net weight 16 ounces (1 pound)

    Ingredients: Green tea, Roasted and Popped Rice

    Tea is made in China

    Nutritional Information: Amount per Serving; Serving size 2.5 grams of loose tea. Makes 8 fluid ounces or 240milliliters.

    • Calories: 0
    • Percent of Daily Value
    • Fat: 0 grams, 0 %
    • Sodium: 2 milligrams, 0 %
    • Carbohydrate: 1 grams, 0%
    • Protein: 0.1 grams
    • Not a significant source of fat, saturated fat, trans fat, cholesterol, dietary fiber, sugars, vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium and iron

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  • Additional Information
    Clearance Non-Clearance
    Country Of Origin China
    Season Everyday
    Size 4oz
    Product Type Loose Leaf Tea
    Dietary Options Caffeinated
    Dietary Options Gluten Free
    Flavor Genmaicha
    Type Green Tea
    Type Japanese Green Tea
    Type Sencha Tea
    Left Overlay Image gluten-free-prod.png
    Brand English Tea Store
  • 8 Reviews

    8 Reviews

    • 4
      Genmaicha Review

      Posted by James Kendrick on Jun 30th 2021

      GenMaicha: I know adding toasted rice to the tea was originally a way to cut the cost of tea making Genmaicha the "poor man's" tea. Being a bit of a tea snob (way back when anyway) I refused to try Genmaicha (toasted rice in tea, I dont want rice tea...) eventually someone made a cup for me and I tried it. It was this cup that made me realize how dumb it was to refuse to try something just because other people consider it beneath them (like I did) Friends, try everything and decide for yourself what you like, don't let anyone decide for you, you may like the "fake" (flavored tea) and that's ok, why deny yourself because other people say it not "real" tea. Anyway sermon over, Genmaicha does not taste like toasted rice, it tastes like tea, what the rice does it give it a subtle undercurrent, toasty and nutty, that may not sound like what you want in a tea but if you've never had Genmaicha try it, it may very well surprise you. (it sure had hell surprised me) Now having said that, how does this Genmaicha stack up IMO. Upon opening I was pleased to note that 4 ounces was more than I expected it to be. I was also pleased to note that the pouches were both opaque and resealable, (tea leaves oxidize when exposed to the air and the essential oils break down in UV, so packaging matters for tea) The Smell was as I remember Sencha with a subtle toasty nutty almost popcorn undercurrent, not strong but stronger than the Sencha that I purchased (reviewed that yesterday) for me this was encouraging. The brew: I have a rather large tea ball, spherical and approximately 1 1/4 in. (3cm) in diameter which I filled 3/4 full this time (to give the dry leaves room to swell and release their essential oils.) I then heated on the stove 12 cups of water to a temp of 175f this time (79c, and yes I have a thermometer) and dropped in the tea. 10 minutes to steep (yes on a timer) I realize that is what many would consider too long for a green tea, but after the Sencha I decided to make this the starting point (I wanted to extract as much flavor as possible from the brew.) After the steep I poured a cup and the taste was what I remember, Sencha with that lovely subtle undercurrent, toasty and nutty. The taste was not as strong as I had hoped but it was stronger than the Sencha that I brewed the previous day. I suppose 12 cups is too much, may have to cut it down to 8 which for me is a bit disappointing having said that this is definitely a good tea and at a very reasonable price ($5.00 US / 4 Ounces) I am satisfied. After the very disappointing Sencha this a good rebound 4/5 in my book, would have been a 5/5 if it has been stronger, lovely taste, no aftertaste, no bitterness, just wish it had been a little stronger, having said that once the price is factored in this is a winner in my book, even if the 4 ounces wont make as much as had hoped it would. 6/21/2021 Purchased 6/29/2021 Received 6/30/2021 Reviewed

    • 5
      It makes me feel at home

      Posted by Brittni C. on Jun 18th 2021

      It makes me feel at home. Feel?

    • 5
      Flavorful!

      Posted by Elysia B. on May 18th 2021

      Flavorful!

    • 5
      Great flavor

      Posted by Nancy F. on May 7th 2021

      Great flavor

    • 5
      Genmaicha tea

      Posted by Linda on Mar 30th 2021

      Great tea! I didn’t expect to see so much of the rice popped. Delicious!

    • 5
      It smells amazing!

      Posted by Kat Pham on Feb 18th 2021

      This is only my second time drinking Genmaicha so I cannot make any strong comparison with other brands, but this tea is amazing!!!!! The fragrance is really yummy (it smells like savory rice cracker!) and shipping with reasonably fast.

    • 5
      Genmaicha Japanese Green Tea - Loose Leaf

      Posted by Olga Beniaminson on Aug 5th 2020

      We buying this tea for the second time and enjoy it very much. It has very special taste and we like it with sushi and just like tea for itself. Strongly recommend.

    • 5
      Love it!

      Posted by ChiefThunderbutt on Oct 27th 2019

      Started drinking genmaicha when I lived in Japan and can attest to the fact that this is as authentic as it comes. Delicious way to start the day.

The Genmaicha Japanese Green Tea blend from English Tea Store is a steamed green tea from Japan with a light, golden yellow liquor with a unique, toasty rice flavor tending sweet.

This is a specialty Japanese green tea that is blended with fire-toasted rice. A good grade Japan sencha is blended with the toasted rice. The fresh vegetative character of the green tea is imparted on the cup but it is tempered with the bakey-like character of the rice. There is a natural sweetness and almost chewy character to the finish of this tea. During the firing of the rice, it is not uncommon for rice to "pop"... not unlike popcorn, hence the pet name "popcorn-tea".

Legend has it that during the 1400's an important samurai warlord in Hakone on the Izu Peninsula of Honshu Island (the Izu Peninsula is near the Shizuoka area) was having tea in the morning discussing a battle strategy with his patrol leaders. A servant by the name of Genamai was serving hot tea to the group. Leaning over to give tea to the warlord, rice that he had surreptitiously taken for a morning snack, fell out of his pocket into the steaming hot tea. Some popped upon hitting the hot tea. The warlord was incensed, jumped up brandishing his samurai sword he promptly cut of Genamai's head in one fell swoop. He then sat down to continue the meeting. Despite the fact that the tea had been tarnished he drank it anyway. The flavor was very unique and he enjoyed it tremendously. In honor of poor Genamai he pronounced that this rice and tea be served every morning and be called "Genmaicha" (cha being the name of "tea" in Japanese).

How to Make Tea

Available in 3 sizes (Please select from the options above):

First time trying English Tea Store's Genmaicha Japanese Green Loose Leaf Tea?

Try our Sample Size of 1 ounce.
  • Contents loose leaf tea net weight 4 ounces
  • Contents loose leaf tea net weight 16 ounces (1 pound)

Ingredients: Green tea, Roasted and Popped Rice

Tea is made in China

Nutritional Information: Amount per Serving; Serving size 2.5 grams of loose tea. Makes 8 fluid ounces or 240milliliters.

  • Calories: 0
  • Percent of Daily Value
  • Fat: 0 grams, 0 %
  • Sodium: 2 milligrams, 0 %
  • Carbohydrate: 1 grams, 0%
  • Protein: 0.1 grams
  • Not a significant source of fat, saturated fat, trans fat, cholesterol, dietary fiber, sugars, vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium and iron

Clearance Non-Clearance
Country Of Origin China
Season Everyday
Size 4oz
Product Type Loose Leaf Tea
Dietary Options Caffeinated
Dietary Options Gluten Free
Flavor Genmaicha
Type Green Tea
Type Japanese Green Tea
Type Sencha Tea
Left Overlay Image gluten-free-prod.png
Brand English Tea Store

8 Reviews

  • 4
    Genmaicha Review

    Posted by James Kendrick on Jun 30th 2021

    GenMaicha: I know adding toasted rice to the tea was originally a way to cut the cost of tea making Genmaicha the "poor man's" tea. Being a bit of a tea snob (way back when anyway) I refused to try Genmaicha (toasted rice in tea, I dont want rice tea...) eventually someone made a cup for me and I tried it. It was this cup that made me realize how dumb it was to refuse to try something just because other people consider it beneath them (like I did) Friends, try everything and decide for yourself what you like, don't let anyone decide for you, you may like the "fake" (flavored tea) and that's ok, why deny yourself because other people say it not "real" tea. Anyway sermon over, Genmaicha does not taste like toasted rice, it tastes like tea, what the rice does it give it a subtle undercurrent, toasty and nutty, that may not sound like what you want in a tea but if you've never had Genmaicha try it, it may very well surprise you. (it sure had hell surprised me) Now having said that, how does this Genmaicha stack up IMO. Upon opening I was pleased to note that 4 ounces was more than I expected it to be. I was also pleased to note that the pouches were both opaque and resealable, (tea leaves oxidize when exposed to the air and the essential oils break down in UV, so packaging matters for tea) The Smell was as I remember Sencha with a subtle toasty nutty almost popcorn undercurrent, not strong but stronger than the Sencha that I purchased (reviewed that yesterday) for me this was encouraging. The brew: I have a rather large tea ball, spherical and approximately 1 1/4 in. (3cm) in diameter which I filled 3/4 full this time (to give the dry leaves room to swell and release their essential oils.) I then heated on the stove 12 cups of water to a temp of 175f this time (79c, and yes I have a thermometer) and dropped in the tea. 10 minutes to steep (yes on a timer) I realize that is what many would consider too long for a green tea, but after the Sencha I decided to make this the starting point (I wanted to extract as much flavor as possible from the brew.) After the steep I poured a cup and the taste was what I remember, Sencha with that lovely subtle undercurrent, toasty and nutty. The taste was not as strong as I had hoped but it was stronger than the Sencha that I brewed the previous day. I suppose 12 cups is too much, may have to cut it down to 8 which for me is a bit disappointing having said that this is definitely a good tea and at a very reasonable price ($5.00 US / 4 Ounces) I am satisfied. After the very disappointing Sencha this a good rebound 4/5 in my book, would have been a 5/5 if it has been stronger, lovely taste, no aftertaste, no bitterness, just wish it had been a little stronger, having said that once the price is factored in this is a winner in my book, even if the 4 ounces wont make as much as had hoped it would. 6/21/2021 Purchased 6/29/2021 Received 6/30/2021 Reviewed

  • 5
    It makes me feel at home

    Posted by Brittni C. on Jun 18th 2021

    It makes me feel at home. Feel?

  • 5
    Flavorful!

    Posted by Elysia B. on May 18th 2021

    Flavorful!

  • 5
    Great flavor

    Posted by Nancy F. on May 7th 2021

    Great flavor

  • 5
    Genmaicha tea

    Posted by Linda on Mar 30th 2021

    Great tea! I didn’t expect to see so much of the rice popped. Delicious!

  • 5
    It smells amazing!

    Posted by Kat Pham on Feb 18th 2021

    This is only my second time drinking Genmaicha so I cannot make any strong comparison with other brands, but this tea is amazing!!!!! The fragrance is really yummy (it smells like savory rice cracker!) and shipping with reasonably fast.

  • 5
    Genmaicha Japanese Green Tea - Loose Leaf

    Posted by Olga Beniaminson on Aug 5th 2020

    We buying this tea for the second time and enjoy it very much. It has very special taste and we like it with sushi and just like tea for itself. Strongly recommend.

  • 5
    Love it!

    Posted by ChiefThunderbutt on Oct 27th 2019

    Started drinking genmaicha when I lived in Japan and can attest to the fact that this is as authentic as it comes. Delicious way to start the day.

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