As I settle in to a new quarter and work on impending deadlines, I am relying on some of my Bay Area purchases to get me through the day. Not the least of which is a cup of premium Japanese genmai cha.
I love genmai cha. It’s a blend of green tea and toasted rice, and it tastes mellow, toasty, comforting and healthy: a perfect get-to-work drink. With less caffeine than regular tea, it’s both stimulating and relaxing. Genmai cha isn’t tannic or harsh like some teas; indeed, its peasant origins explain the weak brew. The toasted rice traditionally served as a filler to extend your supply of tea leaves. It won’t shock the enamel off your teeth. There’s nothing fancy or perfumed in it. It’s just a simple, low-grade pleasure elixir. I highly recommend it. Loose tea instead of teabags if you can, because it is a treat to see the leetle popcorn-like bits of puffed rice studding the tea.