The popped rice in Genmaicha adds a strong nutty taste. Few tea blends use popped rice, making Genmaicha an unusual treat. This tea represents green blends – caffeinated tea leaves with herbal additives.
Traditional Japanese Genmaicha was invented as a way for poor farmers to stretch their tea. Blending popped rice with green tea reduced the amount of tea in each cup. Soon, this habit caught on across the Japanese society, and Genmaicha became a popular tea throughout Kyoto and Tokyo.
Health & Well-Being Benefits:
Genmaicha is suitable for evenings or late afternoons, as the volume of popped rice reduces the caffeine content considerably.