Movie Night Genmaicha
This Sencha style steamed green tea is studded with popped and toasted rice kernels. Genmaicha was originally created as a 'worker's tea' in Japan, due to the high cost of tea leaves and therefore the addition of rice to keep the price down. Today, Genmaicha is regarded as an infinitely drinkable premium option for any time of day. Toasty, malty, umami, with a slightly sweet finish. Pairs well with savoury dishes and is a classic with grilled foods. Enjoy hot, or over ice.
Traditional Preparation: Measure 1 tsp of loose tea and add to a tea filter or strainer (or use one tea bag). Steep in 8-12 oz 180-190 degree water for 3-5 minutes. Traditionally enjoyed just as it is, but is lovely with a drizzle of honey.
Iced Tea Recipe: Steep 2 tsp (or two tea bags) of this tea in 8 oz freshly boiled water for 5 minutes. Sweeten while warm if desired. At this point you can chill the tea in the freezer for 10 minutes (remove tea leaves or tea bags first) or pour into a tall glass over ice slowly. (The ice will partially dissolve)
100% natural ingredients: Green tea, Toasted & Popped Rice Kernels.
The Health Benefits of Green Tea:
Whether you like it hot or cold, green tea is one of the healthiest beverages that you can drink. Each leaf is brimming with three types of catechins: epigallocatechin, epicatechin-3-gallate, and EGCG – each with their own host of health benefits. When you steep these leaves in hot water these catechins are released, infusing it with antioxidants.
When harvested, green tea leaves are pan fired or steamed to prevent fermentation. It’s this steaming process that preserves the natural polyphenols in the leaf. But that’s not all, green tea contains brain boosting L-theanine, which is believed to help boost GABA (an amino acid that promotes a calm feeling in the brain), dopamine and serotonin levels. Studies have linked L-theanine consumption to increased mental focus, attention and reaction time. In addition, drinking tea has been associated with lowering the risk of degenerative brain diseases like Alzheimers and dementia.
Green Tea Has Been Linked To:
- Improved dental health, including reducing sensitivity, plaque build-up and bad breath
- An increase in bone density and protection against fractures
- Fighting off free radicals, disease and reducing overall cell damage
- Improved cardiovascular health, including helping to lower blood pressure
- Slowing down the natural aging process of the brain
- Increased focus and a better sleep
- Helping to maintain a healthy weight
Brewing Tip (Beware of Burnt Leaves):
Do you find green tea a bit too bitter? It may not be the tea, but instead, the way that you’re brewing it. Boiling water can burn these delicate leaves, killing off their natural sweetness, and leaving you with a pot full of bitter leaves.
For optimal flavour, add hot (not boiling water) to your green tea leaves. Japanese and Spring green teas are best brewed with slightly cooler temperatures (160-170 degrees F), while Chinese greens steep well around the 170-180 degree mark.