We Interrupt This Blog For Tea: Jasmine Pearl’s Genmaicha

I have a well-documented crush on Jasmine Pearl.  Their shop is in the middle of a warehouse district in Portland, which really confused my friends when I directed them there for a tasting.  The store has a beautiful bar and big windows that let in lots of light, and it’s always full of staff experimenting with blends and fellow tasters looking for a fix something new.  Jasmine Pearl sells pretty much every kind of tea imaginable, from breakfast blends to matcha to lapsang souchong to bricks of pu-erh.

One of the teas that my friend Tess encouraged me to try is genmaicha, also known as popcorn tea, a green tea with toasted rice in it.

See? Puffed rice!

It sounds like an odd combination, but genmaicha is surprisingly tasty.  It’s a savory tea, definitely not one you add sugar to.   The toasted rice adds a satisfying flavor, a little like drinking broth.  Even if you don’t like green tea, give this one a try – it’s a very smooth, mild green tea with a toasty, familiar rice aroma.

Prep:

  1. Use 1 teaspoon of tea.
  2. Before water boils (around 190° – 200° F), pour 8 oz. over the tea.
  3. Steep tea for 3-5 minutes (depending on taste preference).
  4. Remove infuser and enjoy!

Genmaicha is one of the varieties they’re selling in New Seasons now, so keep an eye out for it!

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One thought on “We Interrupt This Blog For Tea: Jasmine Pearl’s Genmaicha

  1. Haha, some months (or was it years?) ago, my mom bought me a BigMcLargeHuge container of genmaicha, which we’ve all become quite fond of in our family. I swear that no matter how much I use it that container never gets any smaller. It is truly InfiniTea.

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