Genmaicha is a favorite among Japanese tea drinkers abroad. This unique blend takes the finest Japanese Sencha green tea leaves and blends them with roasted rice and popped corn to create a robust, nutty flavored green tea. When brewed, it yields an easy drinking cup that lacks the sharp overtones characteristic to Japanese teas.
It surprises many people new to tea to learn that green tea and black tea originate from the same exact plant species—Camellia sinensis. It’s ultimately the variety of tea plant and how the tea leaves are processed that defines how green tea becomes “green” and black tea becomes “black”.
Typically, green teas are brewed in short infusions at around 160 to 180 degrees. Don’t scorch your tea! If the water is too hot, especially for green tea, your tea will release more bitterness and astringency more quickly.
Using about 2 grams (1 teaspoon) of loose leaf tea per 8 oz. cup of water is a safe bet.
Always start with fresh, pure, cold filtered water when you brewing tea. Spring water is the best.
Cover your tea while it steeps to keep all the heat in the steeping vessel.
Most high-quality loose leaf white teas can be steeped multiple times.