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Genmaicha has a long and storied history in Japan. Originally made by the poor of the country, genmaicha was a way to turn a 1 month stock of tea into a two month stock. They would take whatever grade of tea they could afford, typically a bancha, and blend it down with toasted rice kernels. This way, the tea would last them longer, and add to the nutritional content of the drink. This also benefited people fasting, as the rice in the tea gave it a fuller body and a heavier weight, making them feel fuller. These days, it's drank my all members of society as just another interesting way to prepare your Japanese green tea.


The Level 0 Traditional Genmaicha is named for its "Peasant Tea" roots, as a peasant or commoner is typically "Level 0" in just about any given RPG. It's a great introduction into the world of genmaicha. There's a lot of varieties out there, so anyone testing the waters could find themselves easily overwhelmed. Ours is smooth, full in body, and a great example of a traditional rice tea. It goes down easy, has a rich aroma, and tastes just like a genmaicha should. Make sure to watch the water temperature on it, though; boiling water will make this tea bitter.

Level 0 — Traditional Genmaicha

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    • Use 7g (≈1 tbsp) of leaf per ½ liter (≈17 oz) of water.
    • Use 80°C/175°F water
    • Steep for 2:30, strain leaves, and enjoy!