Tasting Notes: Vibrant green liquor with notes of fresh grass and toasted nut.
Our organically produced Genmai Cha Sencha Matcha hails from near Shizuoka, Japan and is a blend of several favorite green tea styles: an autumnal-flush Sencha and high grade matcha powder are rounded out with toasted puffed-brown rice to create a new take on the classic Genmai Cha tea.
This highly caffeinated green tea is rich in antioxidants and minerals. With the sweet sencha giving way to vegetal matcha and the toasted notes of puffed brown rice, you will enjoy a brilliant green cup with a silky mouthfeel and a lovely nutty finish. Certainly invigorating, yet satisfying and grounding, this tea is a gift towards a good mood.
Due to the nature of this Genmai Cha Sencha Matcha blend, you will notice a significant difference between the first and second steep, with the majority of the matcha infusing on the first steep. Your second steep will be reminiscent of a traditional Genmai Cha with lingering vegetal characteristics from the matcha. We particularly enjoy using the spent leaves from this tea to flavor jasmine rice when cooking!
Japanese green teas are best brewed between 170-180 degrees for 1 - 2 minutes. Chinese green teas are best brewed between 175-185 for 3 - 4 minutes.
Matcha green teas have a special brewing method - see our Matcha Brewing Guide for brewing instructions for hot and cold matcha teas.
What is Green Tea?
Green tea, like white tea, is made from buds and young leaves. After the initial withering phase the tea is rolled or twisted to release the essential oils of the leaves. This additional handling causes the leaf to begin to oxidize, a process which if left alone, would produce black tea. In order to stop this process at the right time (roughly 30% oxidation) the producer introduces heat in one of two ways: with steam (the Japanese style) or with dry heat (the Chinese style). These two different styles produce two broad types of green tea. The Japanese style is dark green, glossy, and deeply vegetal while the Chinese style is lighter in color and introduces an elegant toastiness to the tea.
Health Benefits of Green Tea
Congratulations, if you are drinking tea, you have already chosen an incredible, healthful beverage. Tea is considered in many cultures to have medicinal properties. All tea comes from the same plant family, camellia sinensis, and therefore all types and styles contain the same components that contribute to significant health benefits. Influence of the varietal, growing conditions, production techniques, and your brewing practices all play roles in antioxidant and caffeine levels in your cup. Although green tea is promoted as having the highest antioxidants of all types of tea, varying factors change antioxidant contents between all types of tea. So enjoy a cup of tea, any tea, and know that you are drinking health.