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


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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  1. Mitsuwa Market carries Genmai Cha, so should Marukai.

    1. 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. 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.

        1. 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.

          1. 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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            1. re: Terahertz

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


            2. I get mine from Marukai.

              1. 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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                1. re: rainier700

                  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.

                2. 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.

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

                    1. 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.