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A steamed green tea from Japan with a light brownish yellow liquor with toasty flavour, tending sweet.

This is a specialty Japanese green tea that is blended with fire-toasted rice. A good grade Japan sencha is blended with the 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).

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This is hitting the spot this morning. I’m leading a Confirmation retreat with 7 kids today. I’ll be away from my tea stash all day. This was the tea I chose to bring with me for the day. So glad I did. Green teas, oolongs, and pu-erhs are quickly becoming my go to teas. I used to only drink black teas :)

Okay, time to start thinking about prevenient grace and the Wesleyan Quadrilateral :)


What ages? (Sorry, I’m a little rusty on my Wesleyanism :)


If you are any good with similar quadrilaterals around a point of dilation, we could use some help with our last geometry assignment…


gmathis – We have 7 Confirmands this year. 7th-9th graders :) They are a hoot.

ashmanra – Different kind of quadrilateral ;)


You are a brave woman. Once they turn into 6th graders, I throw ’em out!

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My humans really like Genmaicha so wanted to see how this one from The English Tea Store compared to others they’ve had: http://bit.ly/arSeZo

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Brewed hot, this was pretty lackluster to me. I tried a few times, once with nearly double the amount of tea recommended. Still blah. However, when cold-brewed (6 T./1 gallon water) overnight, it’s fabulous! The savory notes really come out, where they just tasted flat in the hot brew. Great for cold-brewing and I’m glad I have a lot of it!

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