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Genmaicha Rice Tea

This is a specialty Japanese green tea that is blended with fire-toasted rice. The fresh vegetative character of the green tea is imparted on the cup but is tempered with the bakey-like character of the rice. During firing of the rice, it is not uncommon for rice to 'pop' not unlike popcorn, hence the pet name 'popcorn tea'.

This is a specialty Japanese green tea that is blended with fire-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.)

 
Genmaicha Sample
Genmaicha Sample

$1.45
Genmaicha One Ounce
Genmaicha One Ounce

$2.25
Genmaicha Two Ounce
Genmaicha Two Ounce

$3.95
Genmaicha Four Ounce
Genmaicha Four Ounce

$7.25
Genmaicha Eight Ounce
Genmaicha Eight Ounce

$12.75
Genmaicha One Pound
Genmaicha One Pound

$18.50
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