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There is a natural sweetness and almost chewy character to the finish of this tea. During the firing of the rice, it is not uncommon for rice to ‘pop’ not unlike popcorn, hence the pet name ‘popcorn-tea’
Luxury Green Tea ,Roasted Rice
Place 1 tsp. of tea for each cup into the teapot. Pour the boiling water into the teapot. Steep for 3-7 minutes according to taste. Do not add milk.
When preparing in acup this tea can be used repeatedly - about 3 times. Use water that is about 180’F or 80’C. Place 1 teaspoon in your cup let the tea steep for about 3 minutes - do not remove the leaves from the cup. Once the water level is low - add more water Look at the pattern of the leaves they foretell your fortune
Legend has it that during the 1400’s an important samurai warlord in Hakone on the Izu Peninsula of Honshu Island (the Izu Peninsula is near the Shizuoka area) was having tea in the morning discussing a battle strategy with his patrol leaders. A servant by the name of Genamai was serving hot tea to the group. Leaning over to give tea to the warlord, rice that he had surreptitiously taken for a morning snack fell out of his pocket into the steaming hot tea. Some popped upon hitting the hot tea. The warlord was incensed, jumped up brandishing his samurai sword he promptly cut of Genamai’s head in one fell swoop. He then sat down to continue the meeting. Despite the fact that the tea had been tarnished he drank it anyway. The flavor was very unique and he enjoyed it tremendously. In honor of poor Genamai he pronounced that this rice and tea be served every morning and be called ‘Genmaicha’ (cha being the name of ‘tea’ in Japanese)