Day 6: Genmaicha

Hello readers!

If we’re going to keep up with each day’s post, we have to improvise. Today’s post comes from two separate locations: our downtown apartment and CHEO. Stacey and I take a break from our work to put on our kettles, pour our teas, and chat about the flavours over google hang outs. Hey, whatever works, amirite?

Tea: Genmaicha

Genmaicha from DAVIDsTEA

Description: Watch Out, It’s Addictive

Some people call Genmaicha popcorn tea because it contains whole roasted grains of brown rice, some of which have popped. Others call it the Rice Krispie of green teas. Either way, genmaicha was originally drunk by poor Japanese who used the rice as a filler because they couldn’t afford enough tea leaves. It soon became all the rage. Today, everyone is addicted to its sweet, toasted rice flavour. (MK Kosher)

Ingredients: Japanese-style green tea, roasted rice.

Tea Instructions: 1 tsp, 74°C, 2-3 min

Brooke: Stacey, are you ready??
Stacey: Hey, just waiting for my water to cool off.
Brooke: I think there’s a piece of popcorn in mine… Does rice pop like corn?
Stacey: How long was I supposed to infuse this for? I haven’t set a timer…
Brooke: 2-3 minutes, very short time.
Stacey: Aw crap.

Brooke: Mmmm… I like it. I think I like it better than the other green we had last year- it’s a bit heavier. Ooh this could be an every day tea. Mmm!
Stacey: Mine’s too hot still. Nooo, I hope I didn’t screw this up. I want an everyday tea!!

Brooke: You know, I think this green tea would make Nourish Tea proud, even though there’s rice in it.
Stacey: Yeah, based on the ingredients–only two! that’s got to be a record for Davids tea.
Brooke: No stevia or artificial flavouring, yay!
Stacey: I like it! Perfect mid-afternoon pick me up. Doesn’t make me crave sushi immediately after sipping it.
Brooke: That’s right! The other one just had us thinking about maki rolls but this has me working harder to study endocrinology!
Stacey: This tea is nice- I just want to sit back and relax with it.
Brooke: Mhmm but it’s motivating me, too. A little sip and right back to learning about pituitary adenylate cyclase-activating polypeptide!

Tea vibes:

Stacey:  This a nice woody and earthy tea that is pure and exactly what I wanted. It will put that spring in your step without the gimmick. If you’re a fan of green teas, you’ve got to give this one a try. 4/5

Brooke: I’d say this tea is really nice and mellow. The rice gives it a fullness that otherwise would be missing from a totally ‘pure’ green, so it fills you up nicely. Great tea to keep you going and to give you reason to believe in yourself (what?). 4/5

There we are, and look! Already a quarter done our 24 Days of Tea! Are you impressed? I know we are. Now get back to work!

Until next tea,

Brooke and Stacey


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  1. Pingback: Day 9: Genmaicha | Tea Connoisseurs

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