This tea is called Genmaicha and it’s a mix of Japanese green tea and popped brown rice. It was also known as the “People’s Tea” because using the popped rice made it able to use less tea leaf. Now it’s enjoyed by everybody.
Some people like to drink this tea while they are fasting for religious reasons. Combined with the popped rice and tea it gives this tea a full warm roasted nutty flavor. It brews up a light yellowish hue.
This tea contains a moderate level of caffeine | Steep at 180° for 2 minutes.
The bag smells like green tea and rice krispies. This is going to be weird.
First sniff of brewed cup – smells like green tea and rice krispies.
Guess what it tastes like?!?!?!?! It isn’t bad. It isn’t my new fave. I’m not going to order this. I’m chalking this one up to experience and moving on.
Green tea and popped rice? What the absolute fuck. That is my first impression. It looks like grass and rice crispies in the bloody bag. Fuck this. I can’t do it.
Okay, I took a drink. It’s exactly like that time I drank a shit ton of Arizona green tea and eat a bag of popcorn, right before I road the huge ass roller coaster on the Nevada state-line, while we were traveling to Las Vegas. I should add that I was mixing some sort of booze with the tea and I totally threw up popcorn balls of pure burning hate. I was like a video game monster. Just no.
This isn’t as bad… but it’s not something I will ever drink again on purpose.
Another tea website describes the blend of green tea and popped brown rice as soothing to the soul as chicken soup. What do you drink to soothe your soul? Do you find chicken soup soothing?
Peppermint tea is my go-to drink for soul soothing. Unless I feel that something needs to be addressed either health wise or spiritually. Because then I break into the loose herbs and blend myself something.
I’m not a huge fan of chicken soup. The broth smells gross. It always tastes nice. But I have trouble getting past the icky smell.
My great aunt used to make what she called “Italian Soup” and I called funeral soup, because she always had a pot going for wakes and funerals. It was chicken stock, parmesan cheese and breadcrumbs. Maybe an egg. I can’t remember. It smelled gross but tasted like heaven. My last memory of Aunt Lee’s soup was at my grandmother’s wake. She had a big stock pot of it going on the stove in my grandparent’s house.
A perfect cup of Earl Grey soothes my soul. Apple juice soothes my soul. Chicken soup is not something that I find at all soothing. I think it smells funky and I am very weird about chicken fat floating around in there. The kind of soup I like is like 294372375 steps. A very well made Pho is more my speed.
How do you like your actual popcorn?
Slightly buttery. Or plain. I don’t like the caramel or cheese kinds. I don’t eat a lot of popcorn. I used to, before surgery. Now I just eat it at the one or two movies I see a year in the theatre. I used to have an air popper when Emma was little. But it freaked her and the cats out so when it died, I didn’t replace it.
I like kettle corn, slightly burnt, sprinkled with M&Ms.
Since this is really toasted rice and not popcorn, and it freaking tastes like rice cereal, what is your favorite crisp rice cereal treat?
Do people do anything else with crispy rice cereal other than rice crispie treats or balls? I like mine with peanut butter.
I actually like just plain rice crispies. I am not a fan of any of the fancier versions. I actually like frosted flakes and marshmallows best of all.
On a scale of 1 Pop to 10, how many pops would you give this?
I give it 2 pops. It doesn’t rock that much…