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Seasonal Tea — Sencha

2017 Organic Matcha Genmaicha

Doug Palas 2017 Green Tea Japan Matcha Sencha

2017 Organic Matcha Genmaicha

In Japan, one of my favorite old tea traditions is greeting guests with a cup of tea. This wasn’t always possible during times of economic stress, so often guests would receive a cup of green tea blended with toasted rice, since rice was affordable even when tea wasn’t. This practice became so common that the flavor profile became ingrained in Japanese culture--thus the birth of genmaicha, or green tea blended with toasted rice. In Japan and Korea, toasted barley and rice are popular beverage flavors that can be served hot in the winter, and as cold, refreshing drinks in the...

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