Genmaicha (玄米茶, “brown rice tea”) is the Japanese name for yanagi green tea combined with roasted rice. It is sometimes referred to colloquially as “popcorn tea” because a few grains of the rice pop during the roasting process and resemble popcorn. This type of tea was originally drunk by poor Japanese, as the rice served as a filler and reduced the price of the tea; today it is drunk by all segments of society. Tea steeped from these tea leaves has a light chartreuse hue. Its flavor has a light bitterness and the fresh grassy flavor of green tea with the aroma and savory taste of the roasted rice.
1. Bring fresh, cold water to a rolling boil.
2. Swirl boiling water in the teapot or mug for 1 minute to warm it up, discard water.
3. For each cup of tea place 1 rounded teaspoon of tea leaves in the tea infuser.
4. Pour boiling water over tea leaves, cover and brew for 30 seconds.
5. Remove infuser and leaves, and serve.
6. Can be rebrewed several times, allowing 1 minute for the brew time.
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