Genmaicha is a Japanese brown rice green tea, consisting of Green tea mixed with roasted popped brown rice.
It was used by people fasting for religious purposes or who found themselves to be between meals for long
periods of time. The sugar and starch from the rice cause the tea to have a warm, full, nutty flavor.
It is considered easy to drink and to make the stomach feel better. Tea steeped from Genmaicha has a light yellow hue.
Its flavor is mild and combines the fresh grassy flavor of green tea with the aroma of the roasted rice.
Although this tea is based on green tea, the recommended way to brew this tea is different: the water should be at
about 80–85 °C, and a brewing time of 3–5 minutes is recommended, depending on desired strength.