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HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN BROWN RICE TEA : YUMZ


Genmaicha is a variation of Japanese green tea that incorporates toasted brown rice into the steeping process. The tea's flavor is strong and distinctly nutty, and is just as delicious cold as it is hot.
The term genmaicha collectively means "brown rice tea." Gen can be interpreted as "dark," while mai simply means "rice." In this case, gen can be understood as "unpolished," or "unhulled" since it is placed directly before mai. And cha means "tea."



  1. Spread a thin layer of brown rice into a medium sized pan. The thin layer will ensure even toasting of the rice grains.
  2. Place the pan onto a stovetop burner and turn the heat to a low to medium setting. Toast the rice until it takes on a dark brown color and emits a nutty, toasted aroma. Depending upon heat and pan, toasting time can vary, but it generally does not exceed much over five minutes. Do not leave the rice unattended because it can burn quickly.
  3. Cool the rice on a plate when it is done. Then place the rice inside of a container for storage. Toast more rice if desired.
  4. Determine how much genmaicha you want to brew. One tablespoon of toasted brown rice will produce one strong cup of tea. Experiment with these amounts to suit your preference. Place the desired amount of rice inside of a tea sieve along with green tea leaves. One teaspoon of green tea leaves will produce one cup of tea.
  5. Heat water in a nonreactive pot to a temperature of about 180°F. Plunge the tea sieve into the water once it is ready. However, if you are brewing just one cup, place the tea sieve into an empty mug and then pour the hot water into the mug. Steep for approximately three minutes
  6. Remove tea sieve and place aside. Pour genmaicha into a cup or mug.

1 comment:

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

I'm going to have to try this, I LOVE genmaicha! I'm drinking a cup right now.

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