NATURALITEA BY KINEZUKA FAMILY
Genmai-cha 200g (7.05oz)
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*Even though Naturalitea is organically grown by Kinezuka family's unique method without any agricultural chemicals, they cannot have "Organic" or "Pesticide-free production" label due to Japanese laws.
Like regular genmaicha, we recommend steeping this tea with boiling water to bring out the aroma.
How about Genmai-cha?
Genmaicha is a type of tea made by mixing sencha or bancha with toasted rice. Though there are different types, 1:1 ratio of toasted rice and bancha is regarded as the standard genmaicha. Because the tea leaf used is half the amount of usual tea, genmaicha contains less caffeine compared to sencha or other green tea.
The origin of genmaicha extends back a hundred years to a common practice where people would flavor old tea leaves with leftover kagami-mochi New Year’s rice cakes that had been toasted. The commercialization of this practice replaced the toasted mochi pieces with toasted rice grains, and is now considered a traditional Japanese tea.
NaturaliTea by the Kinezuka Family
A pioneer in organic tea farming, Toshiaki Kinezuka is one of the most respected names among tea farmers, with farmers traveling from across Japan coming to study organic farming methods. His daughters Ayumi and Tamiko are learning to take over tea leaf cultivation. They are also pioneering black tea leaf production in Japan utilizing tea plants traditionally used for sencha.
Ayumi Kinezuka returns to Sri Lanka frequently to study techniques and incorporates them, combines them with our knowledge of Japanese Yabukita tea plants to create the the Setoya Momiji. What we are aiming for is a mellow, naturally sweet tea without astringency that tastes amazing without mixing sugar or milk. Setoya is the name given to the area in Fujieda City, Shizuoka Prefecture, where many of our fields are located. Momiji is the name for Japanese maple, a beautiful tree with delicate leaves that turn bright red and orange during the fall.
Pesticide free. Fertilized with organic compost.
Tea Product Notes
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green tea (Japan), brown rice
Store in an airtight container away from sunlight in a cool, dry place.