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

Stay alert! Stay safe.

2000 hits!

WOW! 2000 hits!

Thanks to all who’ve been enjoy the tea adventure for these few months. After an out of the blue idea in DAVIDsTEA back in November, we’ve now got a full on tea blog with followers and readers abound as we continue to explore flavours and smells of new teas. Here’s a neat summary of where all of our views are coming from. We’ve got some avid readers in Canada, the States, Japan, Switzerland, Australia, and a bit all over Europe. Someone travelling the world seems to keep a keen eye on us wherever they go, too! : )

2000 hits

Whether you like your warm greens or your piping hot blacks, we’re happy to know you love tea as much as we do. Or maybe you just like to watch two roommates titter back and forth over a brew. In any case, we thank you for reading and we hope you continue to do so as we start a new chapter into the world of Nourish Tea!! Stay tuned.

Until next tea,

Brooke and Stacey

Nourishtea Harvest

Ohhhhh my goodness!



If you were with us back in December, you’ll remember Stacey and I both entered a Grand Holiday Giveaway by the fabulous people at nourishtea. On my birthday, I found out that we had WON and today we received over 800 grams of tea!! If that’s not enough, nourishtea provided us with two beautiful loose leaf thermoses for the slight delay in shipping. They are just so sweet! Look at the adorable note they had with it, too:


Oh wow, we’re excited. We’re going to have to have so many tea parties! And, of course, review each one for your reading pleasure. These will be the delicious teas we get to investigate and recommend to you:

The Duke of EarlEarl Grey grown in Sri Lanka with Italian bergamot oil
Sun-Soaked Darjeelinga full-bodied Himalayan black tea
Yummy Chai: a Sri Lankan black tea with hints of ginger, cinnamon and cardamom
The Emerald Path: Maojian Chinese green tea
Cresting Cranes of Legend: Bai Mu Dan Chinese white tea
Warming Chamomile: Egyptian chamomile
Crimson Rooibos: a caffeine-free South African tea
Sweet Berry Breeze: hibiscus, black currants, cranberries and elderberries

Yum! We’ve only got a handful left of DAVIDsTEA’s “24 Days of Tea” (keep your eyes peeled this week for our review of Checkmate) and then we get to explore the world of nourishtea! Are you as excited as we are?

Let the new adventure begin!

Until next tea,

Brooke and Stacey