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.


  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!


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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