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Jan 3, 2010 08:15 PM

Japanese green tea with roasted rice?

A book fan email list I subscribe to has been having a huge tea discussion. Someone posted that most Japanese/sushi restaurants serve tea made with loose green tea that has roasted rice in it, and she'd searched for years to find it available retail. I've always loved the green tea I've had in Japanese restaurants here in Boston, and nothing I've made at home from commercial supermarket brands has been quite the same.

Does anyone know where I can find it around here? I'm in Cambridge. I know about the local markets in Union Square and and Medford, but I wouldn't know what to look/ask for.

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  1. I used to buy this Genmaicha in Hawaii (green tea with roasted rice) but now that I am in Boston, I often order it online. Try googling it and you should be able to find several places that will send it to you.

    1. Tea Zone in Somerville is one place that has it. MEM Tea makes one that I have seen retail - South End Formaggio sold it at one time but I'm not sure if they still do.

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      1. re: deglazer

        Thanks! I'll check out Tea Zone.

      2. Tealuxe in Harvard Square or on Newbury street have it on their menu. Thanks for the questions. I'll have to try it.


        1. If the commercial brands you've tried are the individual tea bags, you might want to try the larger packs of loose leaf tea that are sold in the same section, but typically sold below the boxes of tea bags. I see these in Korean, Japanese and Chinese markets and often find them to be of better quality that the individual bags.

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          1. re: kobuta

            Just saw it at H mart in Burlington this weekend; I've also bought it at Super 88. This time I ordered it from Upton Tea with my annual stock up. Delicious!

          2. Whole Foods carries several brands of Genmaicha along with Hojicha which is another type of roasted Japanese green tea.