this was my intro to genmaicha (green tea w toasted rice). I’ve not tried other more “authentic” versions, but I love the soothing toasted rice smell and taste, plus a bit of green tea bitterness. I tend to have this when I’ve “overindulged” in food or drink and want to feel better.
Gen Mai Cha - Saphara
After World War II, green tea supplies in Japan were greatly depleted. To extend their precious supply and to bring the cost of tea down, peasant farmers began adding toasted brown rice to the green tea. Saphara Gen Mai Cha is made with sencha green tea, which is plucked and gently steamed the same day to produce the smoothest flavor and retain the most delicate character of the green tea leaf. The delicate sweetness of sencha green tea enhanced with the nutty flavor of rice remains a favorite blend today and is enjoyed by people of all classes all over the world.
Ingredients: Organic green tea, organic toasted brown rice and organic Fair Trade Certified™ sencha green tea.
Character: Subtly sweet, round, green, leafy character with notes of toasted rice
Add-ins: Best enjoyed just the way it is!
Appearance: Earthy shades of green and brown, highly textured with whole grains of rice