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185 °F / 85 °C 1 min, 15 sec 500 oz / 14786 ml

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From The Tao of Tea

Origin: Japan

Plucking Season: Early Spring

Introduction: A traditional Japanese favorite. Also known as ‘Brown Rice Tea’, Genmaicha is blend of Sencha ‘steamed green tea’ and two varietals of rice. One kind of rice develops a golden color and toasted flavor, whereas, the second varietal of rice used is known as ‘Mochi-Gome’ and ‘pops’ into white kernels. The fresh vegetal flavor of the green tea is carefully balanced with the toasted, nutty flavor of the rice. Green tea is known to contain high amounts of anti-oxidants that promote a healthy lifestyle. Low in caffeine.

Flavor Profile: Toasty, mealy, brown rice aroma and taste with a bright, grassy edge.

Ingredients: Green Tea Leaves, Toasted Brown Rice
Certified Organic by: Quality Assurance International (QAI)

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I brewed this in my Travel Mug last night and brought it to work today. I walked to work and it was in my bag (which is a crossbody/messenger-type style). And when I arrived at my desk and took the mug out, the top of the inside was all foamy! Like really thick, latte-ish foam. It surprised me, but I guess it makes sense because matcha foams up and matcha and genmaicha are both green teas. It makes me wonder…do all teas foam or just green teas?

The tea itself tastes good, as always. Even cold like this. There is no bitterness.

Meghann M

I know my tazo Zen tea foams when I shake it up with ice. When I shake up my herbal and mate blends I haven’t seen the frothy foam. Weird, wonder what it is that causes that.


I tried googling it but nothing really comes up. Why does green tea foam—what makes it foam? I have to know!! lol Thanks for letting me know about the Tazo Zen foaming. It sounds like this is soley a green tea characteristic! Maybe it has something to do with the unoxidized chlorophyll.

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Sipdown/restock #1 of the season! The October air helped us breeze through 100g of this in record time. It was perfect for yesterday’s Oct 13th. Between the creepy cloudy weather and low chill, this was the perfect toasty trea. Polishing off the second tin shouldn’t take long.

185 °F / 85 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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I also have two packets of this and I’m going to count them separately for sipdown purposes.

It has been a while since I had a genmaicha. It’s one of those things where I never find myself sitting around going, “you know, a genmaicha would really hit the spot now,” but when I have it, I enjoy it.

Usually, when I have genmaicha, the mix also has matcha in it. This one doesn’t, and the tea’s color isn’t green. It’s a medium yellow color and clear. The aroma is as expected — toasted rice.

The flavor isn’t as robust as I recall genmaicha being, but that could be because of the matcha factor, or it could be because the leaf is old (but it was stored in a dark, dry place, and hermetically sealed).

I quite like it, though. It’s a gentler version of a genre I enjoy from time to time.

Flavors: Butter, Grass, Rice, Toasted Rice

185 °F / 85 °C 1 min, 30 sec 2 tsp 500 OZ / 14786 ML

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I’ve been drinking this tea on and off since college (30+years) and it is always a favorite.

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