Genmai Cha - Lake Missoula Tea Company
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Genmai Cha


A mixture of bancha green tea and toasted hulled rice kernels. Aromatic, fresh, and clean. A great afternoon tea or after dinner.


Genmai Cha is a blend of bancha green tea and toasted and hulled rice kernels. Sometimes referred to as “popcorn tea” because of the popped rice kernels, this Japanese tea has a buttery, nutty flavor. Sipping this tea conjures images of fragrant Japanese tea houses. The aroma is rich and velvety, and the taste is balanced.

Genmai Cha has less caffeine because it’s blended with rice. The green tea and rice are a carry over from a period in Japan, when many couldn’t afford a straight green tea. Rather, they drank the “people’s tea” from roasted rice or a blend of green tea and roasted rice. This practice evolved into what we now know as the nutty tasting green blend, Genmai Cha.

The roasted rice and green tea are good to drink with a meal or after dinner. The tea helps cleanse the palate. It has a grassy, vegetal taste, in addition to a toasty note with the rice. The roasted rice doesn’t overwhelm, but rather adds another layer of flavor. This green tea and roasted rice blend is popular with the younger generation in Japan tea culture.

As with all Japanese teas, the first part of the name describes the tea, while the second part means tea. You might have guessed that “genmai” means brown rice and of course “cha” means tea. Enjoy the layers of flavor while drinking this delightful toasted brown rice tea!

  • Japanese green tea*, toasted rice kernels*, *organic
  • Caffeine

1 review for Genmai Cha

  1. Jennifer

    As far as green teas go, this one is delicious and unique. I’m not usually a green tea fan, but a cup of this tea is exactly what I need on sleepy mornings. We chose to serve this tea at our wedding because we like it so much! Take care not to steep it too long.

    • Heather Kreilick

      Hi Jennifer, Thank you for the kind review! Glad to hear you served Genmai Cha at your wedding. What a treat, LMTC

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Brooke Blackler
I've been going to Lake Missoula Tea Company for years, and recently have had the privilege of putting some of their tea in my store. The quality of the tea is fantastic, and the blends are delightful. I have also attended one of their tasting / learning events and it was great. I highly recommend their downtown store for meeting with friends, family or even just for a nice place to go and have a cup of perfectly brewed tea.
Tim Specht
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Nathaniel Klein
Best store in Montana possibly in all of the United States. I don't know. This is the first Gong Fu tea shop I've ever been to. I came in for a matcha whisk because I donated mine to a museum. Before I left a random customer who was introduced to me as a regular bought me tea. I hugged him which isn't something I normally do. But I was incredibly thankful. Then the man behind the counter gave me a free sample. I went in looking for a simple tool and left with tea and a happy spirit. I am looking forward to making it back as soon as possible! I loved it. I think it will always hold a special place in my blood pumping organ.
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We are major tea snobs and I was absolutely delighted by this store. There are the usual suspects as well as shelves of unique, hand-picked teas. Highly recommend the Golden Snail :) It was really special being able to try whatever tea I wanted before buying. I'm looking forward to subscribing to their tea club. I would love to come back: everything was delicious.
Andrea PNW
Amazing tea! Beyond my expectations and well worth the stop! Delightful service and amazing blends! If you are in the area I would highly recognize them. I will be ordering blends online-they are so good!