Impala and Peacock

Genmaicha Green Tea

$19.00

A delicious green tea roasted with brown rice gives an interesting combination of vegetal, grassy, and nutty flavours. Genmaicha is traditionally a Japanese style of green tea. However, this particular tea is grown in a boutique tea garden in Victoria’s alpine region. This green tea has a strong flavour with a subtle hint of Australian eucalyptus from the bush surrounding the plantation.

1 tsp to 200mL cup

75°C degree water temperature

2 min steep (the same leaf can be infused twice)

If you do not have a temperature-controlled kettle let the water cool for 7-12 minutes after it has been boiled. Repeat the process above for subsequent infusions. Continue adding 30 seconds to 1 minute for each time you re-steep to extract the most out of the green tea.

Camellia Sinensis (the tea plant), brown rice
(all products are organic)

The oldest origin story is of a servant, named Genmai, who clumsily spilled rice in his samurai-master’s green tea brew. The samurai was enraged and lopped off Genmai’s head for the unforgivable indiscretion. The samurai sampled the tea and, in a stroke of either remorse or genuine appreciation for this new tea, proclaimed the tea as a wonderful flavour combination. The samurai declared that only this tea would be served in his household in honour of its creator. The tea became known as the tea of Genmai or Genmaicha.

A more likely story, however, recounts a less dramatic history. Farmers in the early 1900 near Kyoto, Japan, began adding brown rice to green tea to make it cheaper. It was thought of as the working class tea. Today, however, Genmaicha is enjoyed by all levels of Japanese society and is considered a valued part of Japan’s long and proud tea culture.

The health properties of green tea (camellia sinensis) have been extensively studied with some of the green tea benefits including cancer-fighting properties (antiangiogenic) [1, 2, 7, 14, 15, 16] and protection from cardiovascular diseases [3]. A 2010 literature review [12] summarised green tea as anti-inflammatory [4], antiarthritic [5], antibacterial [6], antioxidative [8, 17], antiviral [9], neuroprotective [10], cholesterol-lowering [11] and improving fertility in humans and animals [17].

The caffeine and polyphenols found in green tea have also been shown to increase weight loss [13] offering science to the cultural use of green tea for weight loss. One specific polyphenol found in green tea has been the focus of much of the research, epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), with specific links of EGCG to many of the health properties mentioned earlier [17].


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