Genmai cha is a popular Japanese green tea with roasted rice that resemble popcorn. Yes, popcorn! Hoji cha is a popular Japanese green tea that has, itself, been roasted. When you combine the two teas together, you get a cup of roasted heaven! It's a little sweet, a little nutty, and a whole lot of toasty warmth. Honestly, this is one of our favorite breakfast time teas because of its amazing aroma and hearty broth which wakes up the mind by stimulating the palette and the senses simultaneously.
Japanese Genmaicha green tea is an incredible example of the art of tea. Legend has it that sometime during the 1400s, a servant named Genmai leaned too far forward when serving hot tea to his Samurai warlord; the rice snack in Genmai's pocket fell into the samurai's tea. To their surprise, popping commenced upon the rice falling into the near boiling tea. Intrigued, the samurai tasted the tea and was overwhelmed with delight! He then named the tea after Genmai, and he requested that it be served every day thereafter.
Harvested while still young, the tea leaves are then dried and mixed with puffs of roasted, hulled rice to give it the appearance of "popcorn tea." Each cup of Japanese Genmaicha is sweet with a delicious toasty finish.
Steeping Instructions: 185° F 4-5 minutes For best results, use natural spring water.
Ingredients: Hoji cha green tea and roasted barley.