Green tea from Japan that is the 'snap, crackle, pop' of teas.
Genmai Cha is an exotic Japanese recipe that combines popped rice and popcorn with tender and delicate green tea leaves. First used by peasants as a cost-saving measure, our 'Green Popcorn' tea is now equally popular with modern urbanites. Both groups enjoy a refreshing cup that's both sweet and nutty.
Unlike the affordable luxury it had become today, tea was historically a pricy commodity. The Japanese peasants found it difficult to afford much tea and would mix it with roasted rice, which was abundant and cheap. Thus, they were able to squeeze more cups from the same amount of leaves. A recipe born of poverty, Genmai Cha had now acquired an uptown chic. This tea had outgrown its humble origins to become a favorite of many urban dwellers in both Japan and the West.