Matcha and Hojicha are frequently featured on this tea blog. These two Japanese green teas are my favorite, but genmaicha comes in second place! Genmaicha, a Japanese green tea mix, can be mixed with matcha or hijicha to create a unique flavor. This Tea is my favorite. Genmaicha, like most teas, can be enjoyed in various ways. Genmaicha’s savory flavors make it a great broth for soups. You can make a warm, toasty green tea latté. This easy genmaicha recipe will change the taste of your matcha or hojicha latte.*Note: This post may contain affiliate links. These links are free and won’t cost anything extra. Any commission you earn goes towards providing original content to The Cup of Life.
What is Genmaicha?
Genmaicha, a Japanese green tea made with brown rice, is also known as Japanese green Tea. It means “brown rice tea.” Genmai is brown rice, and Cha is Tea.
Before blending genmaicha, the rice is roasted. Sometimes, you will see popcorn-like bits in the tea blend because of the roasting process.
Genmaicha is also known as popcorn tea, but that’s because it contains popped rice. Genmaicha does not contain corn.
Bancha, a Japanese green tea used to make Genmaicha, is traditional. Genmaicha can also be made with sencha and your today.
Genmaicha’s origins dated back to Japan in the 15th century.
A tea’s cost will be lower if it has a filler ingredient like roasted rice. Genmaicha was popular because it was cheap to drink and not as expensive as other teas.
Bancha was also traditionally used to mix genmaicha with banchan, as it was more affordable than other Japanese green teas. Sencha).
How does genmaicha taste?
This Japanese green tea blend makes a lovely yellow infusion. The green Tea is bright and grassy, while the rice imparts a rich and toasty flavor.
The toasted rice helps to balance the green Tea’s astringency. Genmaicha is, therefore, a soothing and approachable green tea.
Genmaicha Latte Ingredient Notes
This latte recipe is best made with loose-leaf Tea. However, you can also use tea bags. Genmaicha powder is similar to hojicha and matcha powder. This recipe does not require genmaicha powder. Below are some suggestions for loose leaf genmaicha.
Recommendations from My Genmaicha Water
When steeping genmaicha, the water temperature is best at 82°C or 180°F. If the water is too hot, the tea leaves can burn and make a bitter cup.
This latte can be sweetened with any sweetener. My favorite way to improve my genmaicha lattes is with brown Sugar or honey. You can also make this genmaicha lactate without Sugar and leave out the love.
For best results, heat the milk before it froths.
Easy Genmaicha Latte Recipe
This recipe makes enough for one serving. Scroll down to download the printable recipe card.
Here’s what you need:
One tablespoon genmaicha, loose leaf (or two tea bags)
1/2 cup hot water (82degC, 180degF).
One tablespoon of your choice sweetener
1/4 cup milk
Heat the genmaicha green Tea for 3 minutes in a mug. At 82°C or 180°F, the water should not boil.
Strain the tea leaves. Add sweetener to taste.
Heat and frost milk with a handheld or electric frother. The milk should be doubled in volume. The warm milk should be frothy until it becomes thick and cloud-like.
Fill the mug with genmaicha green and frothed Tea. If desired, garnish with loose tea leaves or toasted brown rice. Enjoy!
yield: 1 Preparation time: 3 MINUTES Total time: 3 MINUTES
Genmaicha is a Japanese green tea with roasted brown Sugar. This warm, nutty, green Tea can be topped with frothed milk to make a soothing and easy-to-make green tea latte. This latte has a low caffeine content so you can enjoy it later in the day.
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- One tablespoon genmaicha, loose leaf (or two tea bags)
- 1/2 cup hot water (82degC, 180degF).
- One tablespoon of your choice sweetener
- 1/4 cup milk
- 1. For 3 minutes, steep genmaicha green in hot water. At 82degC/180degF, the water should not boil. Tea leaves can burn if the water temperature is higher than recommended.
- 2. Strain the tea leaves and remove them. Mix in sweetener until well combined.
- 3. Use an electric or handheld frother to heat and froth the milk. The milk should be doubled in volume. The warm milk should be frothy until it becomes thick and cloud-like.
- 4. Add the frothed milk to the mug of green tea genmaicha. If desired, garnish with loose tea leaves or toasted brown rice. Enjoy!