Nakayama Village near Fujieda City - Shizuoka, Japan
All natural tea production (organic with no certification)
The Kinezuka family has been practicing all-natural methods for nearly 40 years on their 2-acre farm. Most Genmaicha is made from leaves from later harvests, which tend to result in weaker flavor. The Kinezuka Family crafts their Genmaicha from a higher quality spring harvest. This results in a more vibrant, flavorful cup.
Legend tells us a servant, Genmai, while pouring tea for his samurai master, accidently dropped toasted rice that had caught in his sleeve into the poured cup. In anger, the samurai beheaded Genmai for spoiling his tea. However, when the samurai tasted the tea, he found he enjoyed his tea with the rice. The samurai's remorse for his hasty action caused him to order his tea made with toasted rice every morning to honor his servant, naming the tea "Genmai-cha" (tea of Genmai).
The toastiness of this tea makes it a perfect match to drink with sushi, steamed rice, shell fish, eggs and white & milk chocolate. The tea makes a simple, tasty broth. Add thinly sliced scallions, carrots and shrimp for lunch or light dinner.