Genmaicha is the name for roasted brown rice green tea, 현미녹차 (Korean). In Japan, it was known as the poor person’s tea, because the rice served as a filler and reduced the price of the tea. It was also drank during a fasting period for religious purposes. The sugar and starch from the rice cause the tea to have a warm, full flavor that is similar to that of nuts. It is considered easy to drink and helps one's stomach feel better. It is satisfying and filling to have between meals.
The tea has a light yellow hue. Its flavor is mild combining the fresh grassy flavor of green tea with the aroma of the roasted rice. Although this tea is based on green tea, the recommended way to brew this tea is different. To make the best aroma, brew 2 tablespoons (10 g) of tea leaves with boiling water for 30 seconds.