GENMAICHA JAPANESE GREEN TEA - TOASTY, NUTTY FLAVOUR WITH TALES OF ORIGIN
Also, referred to as “Pop-corn tea”, Genmaicha green tea is one of the popular Japanese green tea enjoyed and loved by tea lovers all over the world.
It’s toasty, refreshing, nutty, and very easy to brew. If you like nutty and buttery flavor, genmaicha green tea will easily become your everyday drink tea.
WHAT IS GENMAICHA?
Genmaicha, also called as Genmai cha is one of the most established teas of japan made by mixing green tea leaves with roasted brown rice.
In Japanese, Genmai means brown rice and cha is referred to as prepared tea. So genmaicha simply means Brown rice tea.
Firstly, it was always blended with cheaper bancha ( type of Japanese green tea) and roasted rice. Today, many teas can be used for making genmaicha, including bancha, sencha and Gyokuro.
Earlier on genmaicha green tea was used to be famous as “People’s tea” as the rice served as a filler and reduced the price of the tea, making it available for pooper Japanese.
Today it is appreciated and drunk by people all over the world, making it a popular and refreshing drink.
HOW DOES GENMAICHA TASTE LIKE?
Genmaicha is rich and aromatic green tea. The steeped genmaicha tea has a light yellow hue. It had a nutty and fresh grassy flavor of green tea with the aroma of the roasted brown rice.
However, the flavour will depend on the type of green tea that is used.
Since it is low in caffeine, one can drink it throughout the day with several health benefits in every sip!
COLORFUL TALES ABOUT THE ORIGIN OF GENMAICHA
There are many tales about how genmaicha green tea was found and the origins of genmaicha.
The first one dates back to the 15th century when a servent accidentally lost few grains of rice hidden up in his sleeve into the cup of the Master, for whom he was pouring an expensive tea.
The second one is quite terrifying when the feudal lord cut off the servants head as he accidentally spills the rice into the feudal lord’s tea. However, the feudal lord tastes the tea and discovers that it actually taste quite good and named tea Genmaicha in honour of the servant, whose name was Genmai.
Yet another story tells us that this method of mixing rice into tea was introduced in the 1900s as a way of making tea available for everyone during hard times.
HOW TO BREW GENMAICHA
To brew a cup of genmaicha green tea, you will need
1) Genmaicha loose leaf green tea
2) Teapot and strainer
3) Filtered water
Step 1 – Bring fresh filtered water to boil up to 170 to 180F
Step 2 – Pour boiling water into the teapot. Add genmaicha loose leaf green tea ( Use about 4-5 grams of tea per cup).
Step- 3 Steep for up to 2 minutes. Pour the tea into a cup. You can re-steep it 2-3 times.