Genmaicha (80g)

(2 customer reviews)


Genmaicha is one of Japan’s most popular teas made by mixing Yanagi Bancha leaves with roasted rice. This Genmaicha is brass yellow in color, with a light astringency and a rounded finish. Its nutty pecan-like aroma and buttery sweet taste make it a very soothing and satisfying tea.

Taste: Sweet
Body: Medium
Texture: Rounded
Length: Medium
Harvest: June
Tea Cultivar: Mixed
Origin: Wazuka
Cultivation: Unshaded
Processing: Steamed, Rolled, Dried
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What is Genmaicha?Genmaicha

Genmaicha (玄米茶) is a traditional Japanese tea that has been growing in
popularity in recent years. Genmaicha, actually meaning ‘brown rice tea’ is a composition of Japanese green tea and roasted rice. Combining the two traditional Japanese products tea and rice makes Genmaicha an unmistakable exponent of Japanese culture. Although it is called genmaicha, white mochi rice is usually used to create this blend. This is due to the fragrant aroma the white rice develops by roasting. After steaming, drying and roasting the rice is traditionally combined with Bancha tea in a proportion of 1:1, although this ratio can change depending on the manufacturer. Nowadays a lot of genmaicha variations, such as sencha genmaicha or houji genmaicha are also offered by different tea producers. Some might call Genmaicha ‘popcorn tea’ as some sellers add popped grains that look just like popcorn. The pleasant roasted taste also reminds people a bit of popcorn. This is a good tea for those who are just beginning to get familiar with the taste of Japanese tea.


Farmer Profile

Akky-san Farming Tea

Akihiro “Akky” Kita is our president and lead farmer here at Obubu. His desire to make this tea available to the general public is the foundation of Kyoto Obubu Tea Farms. In college, Akky took up a part-time job as a farmhand in Wazuka, and fell in love with the tea of this region. He made the decision then to leave college and devote his time to mastering the art of tea farming. Recognizing the need for independent farmers like himself to spread the joy of drinking Japanese tea, he travels each year during the winter off-season to bring Japanese tea to people all over the world.








Tea Cultivation, Processing and Brewing Guide

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Weight 130 g

2 reviews for Genmaicha (80g)

  1. Obubu Tea

    Reviews by tea professionals and enthusiasts:

    “I love this genmaicha! It tastes like a fresh wheat field, very unique and something everyone should try” – Lattisha, 2016

    “The dry leaves have a green aroma with notes of rice, popcorn, nuts, and nori.

    The infusion is light green with a aroma that is faintly green and heavily popcorn and a taste that is faintly green with bold notes of popcorn and roasted peanuts and a long nutty finish” – Heather Porter, 2016

    “As soon as you get the hold of tea leaves you can easily understand the freshness of it. Both bancha tea leaves and brown rice have very vibrant colors .It’s full of roasted brown rice which surface up as soon as you pour water into teapot. Bancha tea leaves that are used in this tea are quite fresh as well. The sweetness of this tea comes from roasted brown rice which is combined with somewhat astringency of bancha tea leaves. As a result they made a very special tea to drink even for those who’re not into Genmaicha tea” – Mehmet Emin Akyuz, 2015

    “I’ve always enjoyed genmaicha. It’s my go to comfort tea on a cold day. This particular rendition is probably the best one that I’ve ever had. The taste was nutty and sweet with a buttery mouth-feel. No wonder genmaicha is called popcorn tea! I couldn’t resist snacking on a few pieces of popped genmai before steeping and they were delicious. I found this tea to be quite a bit sweeter than other genmaicha that I have tried. There was a light, refreshing astringency but there was no bitterness whatsoever.” – by Tea For Me Please, 2013

    “It’s smooth with sweet,nutty, green, and slightly roasted rice and green veggies, as well as that popped rice/corn flavor you would expect but it’s not as harsh or involved as some tend to be. I like that – with this specific offering, that is. It’s refreshing, in a way! It makes me crave more. This is really brilliantly fantastic! The more I sip the more I crave!” – by Tea Equals Bliss, 2013

    “Excellent tea by Kyoto Obubu Tea Farms. I highly recommend it!” – by Caj Room, 2013 (Translated form Czech)

    “This is an excellent flavor-packed tea with a medium body and smooth taste. There is a slightly sweet, peppery aftertaste that adds layers of depth and complexity to the tea.” – by Leaf Joy, 2011

    “Very nice. I think this is only the 3rd genmaicha i’ve had, but this is easily the best. The toasted rice isn’t too overbearing, like has been the case in the previous genmaichas. Very drinkable.” – by Mark Torromeo, 2011

    “This was a tasty little genmaicha. Satisfyingly roasty, but nice and sweet. It tasted lighter and brighter than others I’ve had.” – by Jessie, 2011

    “I love how with a tea like this one you can have pot after pot and they are all wonderful, the taste mellows and changes with each one, and the popcorn scent changes. This is one tea I will absolutely buy again, it’s amazing.” – by Deb Huff, 2010

    “This is a slightly different tasting Genmaicha than some others that I’ve tried. The tea tastes different – but not in a bad way, in a very, very good way! I can definitely tell that I’m tasting a sencha rather than a bancha – I can taste the fresh, bittersweet flavor of the sencha.” – by LiberTEAS, 2010

  2. Alrune (verified owner)

    I waited on bated breath after finally realizing how much I loved Genmaicha! I had tried it at a friends place so I was very excited to try Obubu’s Genmaicha. Roasty, toasty, yet smooth and satisfying. After placing my order I was so excited that I had gotten another brand to tide me over, but Obubu blows them out of the water. I noticed with other Genmaicha that I can’t drink as much of it, it tends to get bitter, but not Obubu! I highly recommend this tea, especially if you tend to prefer coffee, or would just like a savory cup of tea.

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