Japan Genmaicha (green tea)

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Japan Genmaicha

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  • 6.0 oz Tin $23.95
  • 0.7 oz Sample $3.95
  • 2.0 oz Pouch $8.95
  • 8.0 oz Pouch $26.95
  • 1.0 lb Pouch $50.95
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Super high-grade Genmai Cha from Japan. An outstanding cup is produced from this perfect combination of lightly roasted, popped brown rice and high-grade green tea leaf.

This handsome blend is rich and almost brothy with a delightful sweetness on top of its nutty character. Very low in caffeine.

Our true Japanese Genmai Cha can be enjoyed throughout the day and through multiple infusions.

AKA Rice Tea, Popcorn Tea

2.0 oz Pouch $8.95 - 30 servings 30¢ per cup | 6 oz Tin $23.95 - 90 servings 27¢ per cup

Customer Reviews

  1. November 24, 2014 Review by Mel

    It's nutty and almost broth-like. Very delicious and perfect with a savory meal!

  2. September 6, 2012 Review by Jadxia

    Genmaicha is one of my favorites kinds of tea and this product by Zhi is possibly the best genmaicha I've ever encountered. It's perfectly blended and very smooth.

  3. December 7, 2011 Review by David

    This tea has quite a unique flavor. The roasted brown rice adds a savory quality that results in a hearty broth-like tea. I have heard this tea is also referred to as "popcorn tea" because the grains of rice that pop while being roasted resemble popcorn. The digestive benefits of green tea as well as the savory flavor of this tea leads me to believe it would compliment a meal nicely.

  4. September 9, 2010 Review by Heath

    If you haven't tried Genmaicha yet, do yourself a favor and at least get the sample size!

    It's got a lovely yellow-green tint, and a nice, toasty aroma. The flavor is a bit nutty.

    Because it contains rice, it's a great drink for soothing nausea and other tummy ills, as well.

  5. June 27, 2009 Review by Teyani

    This is my favorite Green Tea, EVER!

  6. May 24, 2009 Review by Lucy

    Lucy loves her genmaicha. This is a delicious green tea with totasted rice.

  7. May 15, 2009 Review by jean

    Awesome rice green tea from Japan.

  8. April 7, 2009 Review by carlos ard

    we like this tea at our house. Very unique. Likeable tea.

  9. March 11, 2009 Review by Hans O.

    Very high quality and great mouth feel. 4.5

  10. December 17, 2008 Review by Marlene

    Spectacular service! Orgasmic tea! Thanks!

  11. December 2, 2008 Review by Lani

    I love this tea. One of the best Zhi has to offer.

  12. November 24, 2008 Review by Ree

    Superb. We love it.

  13. November 21, 2008 Review by Donna

    A great take on the traditional peasant tea. Very brothy and flavorful. Lovely.

  14. November 9, 2008 Review by Glenn T.

    Thank you for this! Delicious and very fresh.

  15. August 27, 2008 Review by Sharon

    Try this tea, it is spectacular.

  16. August 25, 2008 Review by Tori

    Not bad. Kind of strange, but I like it.

  17. June 22, 2008 Review by Roman K.

    Very fresh and rich tea, the second infusion is even better.

  18. June 13, 2008 Review by Lake R.

    What an interesting and enjoyable tea. Who would have thought tea with rice crispies would be good? It is!

  19. June 10, 2008 Review by Jason

    What a fun and interesting tea. Great with sushi dinner.

  20. May 11, 2008 Review by Frank

    Love it. Great tea. Thanks.

  21. April 6, 2008 Review by Chrissy


  22. March 1, 2008 Review by C. Hoffer

    We are loving our genmaicha from zhi tea. Thank you again!

  23. February 25, 2008 Review by Walter M.

    Good solid food pairing tea.

  24. February 13, 2008 Review by jesse B.

    Nice! Got it as a giftand am delighted.

  25. January 21, 2008 Review by april

    Absolute favorite!

  26. October 7, 2007 Review by felicia

    another rocking tea from my dear friends at zhi. sadly they are miles away.

  27. July 19, 2007 Review by Gina

    very good pleasing to the senses.

Water: 160°F | Leaves: 1 tsp per 6 ounce cup | Infusion Time: 1.5 - 2 minutes

Basic Steeping Tips
- Use filtered or spring water, whenever possible
- Don’t over-boil water
- Remove leaves after recommended time (adjust to taste)
- If you want stronger tea, use more leaves instead of steeping for a longer time
Leaves can be re-steeped 2-3 times resulting in various flavor differences. Don’t throw out those leaves until they have given it all up!
Green tea has been researched a great deal over the last 20 years. Results indicate that the catechins in green tea are responsible for a lowered risk of heart disease, lowered risk of cancer (especially prostate and breast), and potential reduction in onset of Alzeheimer's.
Originating from Japan, Genmaicha is a green tea mixed with roasted brown rice. During the roasting process, a few grains of rice will “pop”, which is why this tea is sometimes referred to as the “popcorn tea”. Genmaicha is also known as the “people’s tea” because it was historically drunk by the lower class of Japan, with the rice used as a filler thus reducing the price of the tea. However, now Genmaicha is popular throughout the classes and is enjoyed by everyone.

According to legend, during the 15th century, a servant named Genmaicha was serving his master, a samurai warrior, some tea when a few grains of rice fell from his pocket and landed in his master’s tea. Infuriated by the contamination of his good tea, the samurai warrior pulled out his sword and chopped off Genmaicha’s head. Afterwards, the samurai warrior decided to drink the contaminated tea and was pleasantly surprised to find the taste rather pleasant. In honor of his servant, the samurai warrior ordered to have this tea served to him every morning and named it Genmaicha.

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