The Zenkouen Tea Garden has created this genmai hojicha through a collaboration - by blending their naturally grown hojicha (roasted green tea) with rice made by Norio Narizawa in Tome City, Miyagi Prefecture. For the rice, they utilise both roasted rice and brown rice at a ratio of 1:2. Please enjoy the elegant taste and aroma of this tea! A wonderful accompaniment to your meals. A tea that is friendly for all ages as hojicha is low in caffeine to begin with and by blending it into rice, we could say it is baby-friendly, too.
A blend of toasted rice and organic roasted leaf stems in convenient tea bags. Loose leaf also available here (150g).
Steep one tea bag per 200 ml of hot water (90C/194F) for 60 seconds. Resteep 2-3 times.
- Ingredients: Green tea, toasted rice
- Net weight: 25 grams / 0.9 oz (2.5 grams x 10)
- Region: Shimada, Shizuoka Prefecture
- Steaming: Deep steamed (fukamushicha)
About the Tea Farmer
Yoshimitsu Masuda spent the first part of his adult life working in a major farming cooperative where he learned firsthand about the danger of food additives and pesticides. Returning to the family tea farm in 1992 to learn tea making from his father and fellow tea farmers in Shimada, Shizuoka, he was deeply surprised at the amount of pesticides used in tea farming.
Switching to organic farming was not an easy task; insects and disease plagued the first field he was given charge of, crop yield and leaf quality dropped, and he faced criticism from both family and other tea professionals. But he felt it was important to create tea that was safe for his own family to drink first. (Read more about Masuda-san's story here.)
Today, built upon 25+ years of organic farming experience, Masuda-san produces tea that he is proud to call both safe and delicious and is passing his tea-making skills on to his children.