Our organic Genmaicha (pronounced GEN-my-cha) offers a unique savory, toasted flavor and aroma with light body and limited bitterness. It consists of a mixture of organic green tea ("cha" in Japanese) and organic toasted brown rice ("genmai" in Japanese). This traditional organic loose leaf tea is very popular in Japan for everyday use and was popularized during WWII to help stretch the tea supply. Our organic genmaicha grown in the Kagoshima Prefecture in Japan is a slightly different style than our previous offering. It has a stronger toasted flavor note and a greater ratio of rice kernel to tea leaf. We have not updated our photo yet and the tea leaf also differs slightly from the photo above. As is customary with most Japanese teas, our new Organic Genmaicha exhibits mixed grading (consisting of both small and larger leaf particles), however this blend tends to have a much smaller leaf. To adjust for the difference in leaf size, we increased the quantity of tea in our Genmaicha packages. Don't worry, we kept the price per serving the same and only increased the amount of tea in the bag.
Ingredients: organic Japanese green tea and organic brown rice
Serving Size: one level teaspoon per 8 oz cup of water
Aubrey Says: Whenever we serve this tea at a tasting, someone always comments that it reminds them of popcorn!
Jeremy Says: This is my favorite organic tea from Japan to drink with sushi!
Sarah Says:I love Genmaicha! Its fullness is so pleasing. This tea feels so good after a particularly tough workout!
Posted by Jesse on 24th Feb 2015
I'm totally new to the world of Japanese green tea, let alone ones that are this unique. I bought a sample of this and was very surprised at how much I enjoyed it. It has such a comforting and toasty flavor. Something you really have to try to have an opinion on. I probably won't be ordering this again but I'm so glad I tried it. My bag leaned more on the side of brown rice than tea leaf, which probably wouldn't work as well with a lower quality tea. The tea is incredibly fresh. This stuff smells like it just came off the tree. Thank you Arbor Teas for showing me what fresh really tastes and smells like!
Posted by Lauren on 11th Jan 2015
After falling in love with brown rice tea in South Korea, I knew I needed to order this. The flavors exceeded my expectations. I love the soothing, nutty, brown rice taste. I added a teaspoon of honey making it somewhat reminiscent of arroz con leche. I will order this again!
Posted by Unknown on 3rd Mar 2014
This is a wonderfully vigorous yet gentle tea. The only green that my husband absolutely vouches for and hence, I am a happy camper. The only gripe is that I have been waiting a long, long time for it to become available and so far it has been out of stock.
Posted by Candice on 14th Oct 2013
Genmaicha is one of my favorite teas, I find it extremely comforting and I drink it almost daily. I have tried many genmaichas, and this one from Arbor Teas is an excellent product. If you've never had it before, I describe it as savory, because of the toasted rice it has the comforting characteristics of a broth (although it does not taste like broth) rather, you can taste the green tea with a very subtle sweetness and the dominate flavor the nutty popped rice. This is definitely not a tea you add sugar to. I think it pairs well with food so I enjoy drinking it with my meals. This genmaicha has a very pure, crisp mouth feel which is hard to come by in many genamichas. I have found that you either love genmaicha or hate it, those who I know who do not enjoy this tea are typically more interested in sweet teas. If you enjoy green teas, you will likely enjoy this tea.
Posted by Meghan & David Briggs (Ambler, PA) on 15th Sep 2012
This is by far the best cup of Genmaicha I have had the pleasure of sipping. The leaves are substantial, with precious few pieces of stem. I agree with the previous reviewer that I am accustomed to more brown rice in the mix, but the nutty roast of the rice made up for the lack of quantity. The balance of crystalline flavors was spot-on and you now have a long-term customer. Genmaicha starts my day and I am pleased to have your excellent product fill my TEAmo mug. From one small-business family (prorigs.net) to another, THANK YOU!
Posted by Rachel on 22nd Aug 2012
Very pleasing flavor. On the mild side compared to the tea I'm usually served at sushi and Japanese restaurants, so I tend to brew it long and strong. When I buy this kind of tea in bulk in Oakland or Boston Chinatown (random, I know), the rice to tea leaf ratio is usually much higher (more rice) but I found that this ratio was DELICIOUS and ultimately ideal. So tasty and soothing, and I'm so pleased with the compostable packaging and organic/fair trade philosophy. Oh, and the handwritten note was absolutely charming. I have the feeling I will be buying all my teas from Arbor now...Thanks!!!
Posted by Unknown on 13th Feb 2012
it has a great roasted flavor layered over a bright green tea taste. really enjoyable almost any time, but i like it best paired with desert
Posted by JuuluieAnn Foulds on 31st May 2010
I have been looking for this exact tea with popcorn in it. Do you sell that?
Posted by Bill Edwards on 19th Nov 2007
The purist in me did not want to like this tea (what are those Rice Krispies doin' in my tea?) but this is an example of excellent tea-crafting. It brews to a deep bronze color with a hearty toasted grain taste. This is great to have with meals as it can hold its own with competing flavors. Well priced too!
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))
For a more in-depth discussion of Tea and Health Benefits check here.
For a more in-depth discussion of Tea and Caffeine check here.
Remember taking turns to shake that jar of cream in kindergarten until it thickened and yielded a soft, spreadable butter? Patience-inducing yet awe-inspiring to a 5-year old. Making cultured butter from scratch is just one step up from that sort of classroom demo magic. Organic genmaicha green tea flavor brings to mind popcorn, and thus lightly salted butter flavored with genmaicha lends itself to savory applications: smeared on crusty bread or slathered on roasted vegetables. Check here to view the full recipe for Cultured Tea Butter and Buttermilk!