I have a confession to make…
…I’m obsessed with tea!
I have more than 40 kinds (neatly organized by level of caffeine) and love them all. I am not a coffee drinker, but instead could easily drink 3 or 4 cups of tea daily. I love the health benefits of tea and the variety of flavours. There’s nothing like finding the perfect cup of tea for your mood, whether its a hot steeped cup of cream of earl grey with milk and vanilla or a refreshing iced lemongrass tea with honey. Today, since I’ve been feeling a bit off, I brewed a perfect cup of genmaicha green tea. Hopefully all those antioxidants kick in to make me feel better!
Genmaicha (Green Tea)
This is by far my favourite green tea (and the one I use to make seabuckthorn tea). It’s a Japanese tea which is often served at sushi restaurants. The tea is a mixture of green tea leaves and toasted brown rice. Some of the rice kernels are popped which makes them look like tiny pieces of popcorn. I usually get this tea from Davids Tea but it’s very popular and you can find it at many places, including Asian grocery stores.
It brews a nice yellow or light green colour and tastes smooth with a mild nutty flavour from the toasted rice. I had my cup plain today but it is also good with honey or lemon. It should steep for about 2 -3 minutes and like all green tea, should be made with water that is about 80°C. Boiling water is too hot for green teas.