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Kagoshima Genmaicha Green Tea
Kagoshima Genmaicha
Kagoshima Genmaicha
Kagoshima Genmaicha
Kagoshima Genmaicha Green Tea
Kagoshima Genmaicha Green Tea
Kagoshima Genmaicha Green Tea

Kagoshima Genmaicha

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A delicate green tea with popcorn flavours

There are many versions of roasted rice tea, but this organic example from southwest Japan really impressed us. We love its balance of fruity, minerally green tea and toasted nut / buttered popcorn flavours.


Green Tea


Second flush

Taste Profile

Ripe melon, buttery popcorn,
pistachios and minerals


Kagoshima, Japan

Food Pairing

Sushi, tempura vegetables,
fish'n'chips, breakfasts

Multi award winning

Obal 2021 award x 2
World Packaging awards 2021

Kagoshima Genmaicha, Japan

While China has a long history of scented teas, in Japan things tend to be more straightforward. One exception is Genmaicha, a 50/50 blend of green tea and roasted rice. While it's regarded as a delicacy today, Genmaicha's origins are fairly humble. Tea was expensive in ancient Japan, so poorer people would bulk their stock with rice to make it last longer. While we tried many examples, we were particularly impressed with this organic blend from Kyūshū. The green tea is from Kirishima, offering melon and mineral-like notes. This is blended with nutty, popcorn-like toasted rice from nearby Fujieda, giving the finished tea a uniquely satisfying balance of flavours.

Kyūshū is the most southwesterly of Japan's main islands. Characterised by its southern volcanic peaks, lush plains and pristine Pacific coastline, it's a stunning region. In the south of Kyūshū lies Kagoshima prefecture, centred around a deep bay and the active volcano Sakurajima. And within Kagoshima is Kirishima, where, on the mist-shrouded mountainside, some of the region's finest green teas are produced. Blessed by its subtropical warmth, mineral-rich earth and cool nighttime temperatures, Kirishima teas are famed for their complex flavours and aromas.


    Emerald-green needles with puffed and popped brown rice
  • AROMA:

    Summer grass, roasted peanuts, fresh seaweed

    Delicate jade-green
  • TASTE:

    Hot buttered popcorn, cut grass, pickled melon



  • 2 TPS

  • 100ºC

  • 3-5 MINS


This is our recommended brewing guide, but by all means adjust to your own taste.

  1. Warm your teapot and cups with boiling water.
  2. Discard the water and add two level teaspoons of tea to your pot.
  3. Add 250ml / 9oz water (i.e. one teacup or small mug) at 90°C / 194°F. If you don't have a thermometer, let the boiled kettle sit for four minutes.
  4. Place the lid on the pot and steep for three minutes. Stir, then strain the tea into your cup.
  5. To re-steep the leaves, repeat steps 3–5.
Makes one cup. For more, add an extra teaspoon per person and multiply the amount of water accordingly.
Always use freshly-drawn and, where possible, filtered water.

Customer Reviews

Based on 8 reviews
Beautiful tea

I just love this tea. I'm so pleased I found it. The packaging is beautiful. The smell when you open the packet is just divine and the tea is obviously wonderful. This has to be my favourite tea. Highly recommend it.

Esther Thompson
This is an amazing tea

This has to be my favourite tea.

I have never tried a genmaicha before but heard good things about it and someone recommended this one. I'm very grateful for the recommendation. Firstly it brews to a gorgeous colour and the scent is fresh and appetising.

I let the tea cool for a couple of minutes and then took my first sip. It's refreshing, tasty and comforting. For me it is the perfect cup of tea and I can't wait for my next cup.

The most beautiful and unusual tea

I was really surprised and delighted by this wonderful tea. It tasted like popcorn abs green tea all rolled into one. It was very calming but delightfully light. I loved it.

Highly recommend

Each time I've had this tea I've prepared it in my kyusu and I've throughly enjoyed the experience I've had with this tea. It's definitely unlike a lot of Genmaichas I've had in the past but I think thats probably the main reason I love it.

It has notes of buttery popcorn,
pistachios, fresh seaweed, freshly cut summer grass and a melon note that comes through a little as it cools. It has subtle sweetness and minerality but mostly this really is quite a savoury Genmaicha and it's insanely smooth as well.

Overall this Genmaicha has definitely made it into my top 5! Normally the top 5's I have for most teas don't tend to change unless something phenomenal comes along so the fact that this Genmaicha has come along and knocked one of my current favourites out of its spot just shows you how much I have loved it.

My overall rating for this tea would without any doubt in my mind be a 5/5. If you're a Genmaicha fan I highly recommend giving this a try!

Vera Brown
Stunning tea

I love green tea and have been wanting to try a Genmaicha for a long time and this tea did not disappoint! It smooth, sweet, well rounded and delicious. It has a comforting earthy taste which lingered on my palette. I made two steeps as instructed and each steep was equally delicious. Highly recommend.