This organic Genmaicha Extra Green is an innovative blend of Genmaicha (pronounced GEN-my-cha) and Matcha (pronounced MA-cha). Called the best Japanese organic green tea invention of the 20th century, this exceptional combination of Genmaicha's toasted aroma and Matcha's rich green character brings forth a pleasing and harmonious flavor that is bolder, sweeter and slightly more bitter than our traditional Genmaicha. Unlike most organic Japanese green tea available in the United States, this organic loose tea is actually grown in Japan.
Ingredients: organic Japanese green tea and organic brown rice
Serving Size: one level teaspoon per 8 oz cup of water
Aubrey Says: What a great invention! I prefer this one over our traditional Genmaicha.
Jeremy Says: I love the neon green infusion of this tea!
Posted by Kara on 29th Apr 2016
I'm a fan of very green teas and this one lives up to its name. I adore the combination of gen Mai cha mixed with matcha. It's so delicious and invigorating. My friend and I sampled it using dark metal teacups and you could see the green hue peeking out of the darkness. Gorgeous and flavorful. I can't wait to order a full-size bag!
Posted by Unknown on 4th Aug 2014
Although I enjoy the earthiness of the toasted brown rice - which provides a stronger flavor than I expected - Matcha tea being what it is...this is a strong tea - although I admit I'm new to loose-leaf teas and drink mine with 5 or 6 drops of Stevia. That said, I don't LOVE this tea but am hoping it will grow on me; I'primarily interested in the health benefits. The Matcha powder seeps through my T-Sac but I don't mind drinking the small amount that collects at the bottom of the cup.
Posted by Victoria A. Walker on 1st Oct 2012
I just started drinking green tea to get the health benefits that go along with it but I've never been a fan. This tea is the 1st that I've tried and and I didn't use a measuing spoon and went a little heavy with the leaves. The tea wasn't bad at all but did have what I felt was an over powering taste. I think I would've enjoyed it more if I went lighter on the leaves. I added a little honey (I'm a 10 pack of sugar in my coffee and tea kind of girl) to it and enjoyed it with my morning protein shake. I only ordered the sample but I will be ordering more!
Posted by Haley on 8th Sep 2009
This is my current favorite tea. I bought the regular size less than a month ago and now I'm going for the bulk. It's refreshing and light without the bitterness of some green teas. I'm a fan of regular genmaicha as well but I think the matcha makes this a more exciting cup of tea. It's a good amount of caffeine for me too.
Posted by Fred Cox on 19th Aug 2009
I just finished my first canister of this lovely tea and am reordering together with a canister of the regular genmaicha ostensibly for comparison but in fact I'm a glutton for this stuff especially with a whisper of stevia for added sweetness. I like to consume the leaves when I reach the bottom of the cup rather than filtering them out (poor man's matcha). This blend is rich and tasty at the front end and exhibits very little bitterness at the back end even if the leaves have sat in the brew for an hour or more. Highly recommended.
Posted by tracy on 15th Nov 2008
i agree with both of those comments- i love it more than the regular genmaicha and the color and flavor is amazing. it is my favorite tea of all time!
Posted by Ben Ridgway on 16th Jan 2008
Wonderful tea! Nice roasted rice flavor. I've been looking for an organic version of this tea for quite a while. Glad I found it here!
We at Arbor Teas firmly believe that tea should be brewed to suit your personal taste. With that being said, here are some recommendations to get you started, but please remember you can make adjustments based on your own personal taste.
There are three main considerations when brewing tea: quantity of tea, water temperature and steeping time.
Quantity of tea: one level teaspoon per 8 oz cup of water
Water temperature: use water that has been heated until bubbles begin to form on the bottom of the pot (180° F)
Steeping time: 2-3 minutes
Tip #1: Use fresh water whenever possible - water that has been sitting in your kettle overnight may impart a flat or stale taste to your tea. Be careful not to boil your water for too long. Over boiled water can sometimes impart an unwanted taste.
Tip #2: Keep in mind that brewing your tea for too long can extract undesirable bitterness from the leaves, so steeping time matters! For a stronger brew, don’t steep longer, just use more tea.
Learn more from our How To Guides on how to brew loose leaf tea, how to make iced tea, and how to make tea lattes. And don’t forget to check out our Eco-Brewing Tips, too!
There are five significant components found in all tea from the plant camellia sinensis: essential oils, which are the source of tea’s delicious flavor and aroma; polyphenols, which are antioxidants that provide the tea’s brisk flavor and many of its health benefits; phytonutrients, which are small amounts of vitamins, minerals, and amino acids including L-theanine (a very rare molecule that has been found in only three sources including camellia sinensis!) ; enzymes; and methylxanthines, which are a family of alkaloids that include caffeine. Each of these components work differently in the human body and a full description is best left to a medical journal. However, recent research exploring the potential health attributes of tea is leading many scientists to agree that tea, may contribute positively to a healthy lifestyle.
Some research comparing different types of tea has shown that the manufacturing process does affect the level of antioxidants present in the final tea leaf. According to a 2006 review of the beneficial effects of green tea in the Journal of American College of Nutrition, when comparing dry leaves, unoxidized green tea retains more antioxidants than black, oolong, or pu-erh. The catechin (or antioxidant) that displays the greatest increase in green tea when compared to the black, oolong and pu-erh is EGCG (epigallocatechin-3-gallate). (Reference: "Beneficial Effects of Green Tea - A Review" Journal of the American College of Nutrition, Vol 25, No 2 (2006))
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