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Genmai Cha Popped Rice Green Tea

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Product code: 2291

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This speciality is made from Bancha tea, to which approximately 50 percent roasted or popped rice grains have been added. The incomparable taste is characterized by the mildness of the Bancha tea and is ideally complemented by the pleasant, slightly sweet and nutty, caramel note.

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This speciality is made from Bancha tea, to which approximately 50 percent roasted or popped rice grains have been added. The incomparable taste is characterized by the mildness of the Bancha tea and is ideally complemented by the pleasant, slightly sweet and nutty, caramel note. Thanks to the low caffeine content and mild character this tea is consumed all day in Japan. In previous eras, it was drunk mainly by the poor population of Japan as the rice content helped to keep the price low. The sugar and starch content also meant it could also be used for fasting and by those who had to go a long time between meals. The infusion is a light yellow and it has a warming character. Genmai means “natural rice.

Additional Information

Leaf Grade Handmade Strip
Country of Manufacture Japan
Tea Strength Light Green Tea
Use Milk No
Brewing Time 1-3 mins
Water Temperature 70-80 ° c
Number of infusions 2
Quantity 1g per 100ml of water

Customer Reviews

Review by Anil Sahal
This is a lovely sencha tea with added roasted brown rice which gives it a smoky complexity and a bit of body compared with plain sencha. During the roasting process some of the brown rice ‘pops’ leaving tiny pop-corn-like kernels amongst the loose tea which looks very attractive. My Japanese friends tell me that the flavour of genmai cha is one of the many things they miss when travelling abroad, so much so they often take it with them to satisfy their craving for it. It’s a bit like the Brits taking PG Tips abroad because they can’t get a ‘decent cup of tea in foreign places’! I suspect the sencha used in making genmai cha is a lower quality variety because it lacks that ‘umami’ one can taste in premium sencha, but that’s probably a good thing otherwise the flavours would be swamped and confused.
In conclusion, I highly recommend genmai cha for everyday drinking especially if you’re fed up of other tasteless green teas. (Posted on 08/01/2011)

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