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Offering Some Different Ways to Better Brew Your Genmaicha

The unique, delicious scent of genmaicha comes from the both the roasted rice and tea leaves. However, some people might not feel satisfied if it’s brewed in the same way as regular tea. The truth is that hot water temperature and brewing time are both crucial to unlocking all the flavor this tea has to offer. So, we will introduce you to some ways you can try to brew your genmaicha to get better results.

A Great Way to Prepare Genmaicha

As mentioned earlier, to make genmaicha taste its best, you must be precise with the temperature and timing. For genmaicha, it is best to prepare boiling water instead of cooled water that has been boiled. Doing so will result in a more distinct fragrance and a refreshing taste. Cold brewing your tea is of course an option but in this section we are referring to how to best brew hot genmaicha.

The recommended quantity of genmaicha tea leaves is 2-3 grams per 100 milliliters of hot water. If you’re brewing for yourself, use a bit more leaf than this. Pour the water directly into the teapot right off the boil. Allow 20-30 seconds for brewing, then pour evenly until the last drop. Genmaicha has a tendency to change in its flavor between each brew. You can replace the brewed leaves with new leavesthe tea leaves after two brews or keep going though the flavor most likely will have diminished compared to when you first started brewing.

How about Cold Genmaicha

Now, we have come to brewing genmaicha to make iced tea. There are situations when you want to drink genmaicha cold, such as during the hot summer or after a bath. In such a case, you can brew your hot genmaicha over ice.

To start, brew genmaicha with boiling water like normal. Then, get a glass or pot and fill it with ice before pouring the hot genmaicha into it. The distinct aroma will be retained despite the rapid cooling from the ice, turning your drink into cold genmaicha. To keep the melted ice from diluting the flavor, use more leaves to make prepare you cold genmaicha. Also, try using more leaf when making iced tea. When making iced tea, it is better to use more leaf as ice will weaken the flavor of the tea you are drinking. Using more leaf when brewing to make iced tea will account for this and provide a balanced, refreshing brew.

Brewing Genmaicha with a Twist?

Let’s try a slightly different brewing technique for genmaicha with this type of extract brew method. The brewing process is to use hot water at a somewhat lower temperature to extract for a long time. The starch of the roasted rice in genmaicha dissolves into the heated water, giving it a pleasant flavor. It has a smooth, mild texture and retains the distinct fragrance and refreshing aftertaste of genmaicha.

We hope that you go forth and enjoy this delicious tea. The aroma and flavor of this tea can be quite calming and we hope you experience calm, cool days ahead. Follow our Instagram and TikTok for more tea content. Also, feel free to subscribe to our newsletter by entering your email address in the designated box at the bottom of our website.