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.
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.
- Use 1 teaspoon of tea.
- Before water boils (around 190° – 200° F), pour 8 oz. over the tea.
- Steep tea for 3-5 minutes (depending on taste preference).
- Remove infuser and enjoy!
Genmaicha is one of the varieties they’re selling in New Seasons now, so keep an eye out for it!