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Where to Find Genmai Cha (rice & green tea blend)?

rainier700 Dec 28, 2007 03:43 PM


Has anyone been able to find teabags of Genmai Cha (blend of green tea & roasted brown rice) in LA? Before I drive down to 99 Ranch, San Gabriel, Chinatown, Little Tokyo, or Koreatown, I am wondering if anyone has actually seen it sold at any of these places. Thanks very much for any help!

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    ErikaK Dec 28, 2007 03:50 PM

    Mitsuwa Market carries Genmai Cha, so should Marukai.

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      slacker Dec 28, 2007 03:50 PM

      They're sold at all of those places, it's everywhere. It's probably also at whole foods and bristol farms, of course you'll pay a lot more there.

      1. liu Dec 28, 2007 03:57 PM

        rainier700 -- I believe I have seen it at Whole Foods. Rishi makes a good one, so do check the Whole Foods tea shelves first; it will be in a can.
        I also think there is another section of Whole Foods -- a Japanese section -- that carries Genmaicha in a cellophane bag.
        However, both the Rishi and the bag that I mentioned are loose-leaf; I do think they also carry bags in one of these two sections.

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          Waverly SGV Jan 1, 2008 12:42 PM

          Believe it or not, the Kmart in Temple City carries Genmai-cha! They actually have an aisle dedicated to Asian groceries. Also check out the www.yamamotoyama.com website to order bagged or loose tea leaves on-line.

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            Terahertz Jan 2, 2008 02:26 PM

            My wife buys me it in Little Tokyo, where she works, but I have also gotten it at Ranch 99 in San Gabriel. I am addicted to the smoky goodness of Genmai Cha ;)


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              TonyC Jan 2, 2008 02:36 PM

              directly contact AIYA America, one of the longest Japanese tea importers in this country:


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              pinkshch Jan 2, 2008 02:42 PM

              I get mine from Marukai.

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                rainier700 Jan 5, 2008 01:22 PM

                Thanks everyone for the *extremely* helpful info! Although I was not able to find it at Whole Foods, I took the advice to head to Mitsuwa Market in Torrance and was able to find multiple brands of it there for an *amazing* price! I would have also checked out Marukai next door to Mitsuwa but they require a membership. In the future, I will take your advice to pick it up at 99 Ranch (SGV) or Mitsuwa (Little Tokyo) since they are closer. I am SO happy to have found these large asian markets since the selection and price on miso paste, rice flour, dashi, mirin, etc is amazing! Thanks so much!

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                  liu Jan 5, 2008 03:05 PM

                  Hello, rainier700!
                  My apologies for sending you on a chase to Whole Foods; I know I have seen it there, but perhaps different stores vary their selection.
                  I am glad that you found it at the large Asian markets, however, and that you enjoyed your field trip. Next time do check out Marukai as it, too, is a terrific market with an amazing tea section.

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                  groovslushi Jan 5, 2008 06:02 PM

                  We found some of the tea you are looking for at the Greenland Market on the corner of Sherman Way and White Oak up in the valley.

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                    lillizkat Jan 7, 2008 12:34 AM

                    I bought mine at my local Vons...Yamamotoyama brand comes in regular and decaf.

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                      taoman58 Jan 7, 2008 12:09 PM

                      If yr near a Cost Plus World Market, try there. I've found it there before.

                      You don't say what part of town your in; if you're near Silverlake/East Hollywood, Fujiya Market on Virgil south of Melrose stocks it.

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