Review: American Tea Room Genmaimatcha

American Tea Room, Genmaicha Tea, Matcha Tea Add comments
Chelsy’s Teaview Snapshot
Thumbs up!"The whole point of genmaicha versus genmaimatcha is caffeine. The matcha version holds so much more caffeine, and that's mostly why they make it. Plus, the matcha brings the whole tea together, on my palate, and balances the crass character of plain genmai."
Chelsy’s Teaview: 9.3/10
Other Teaviews: Scott gave it 8.3/10, Jamie gave it 7.5/10, Vanessa gave it 8.8/10
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americangenmaimatchaGenmai was originally made because the poorer classes of China could not afford to continually buy green tea leaves, and thus found a way to extend their use by mixing in fried rice with the tea. In effect, they used less leaves per cup and saved the extra money. Once tea became extremely affordable to the peasant peoples, they continued this practice because they enjoyed the tea with the fried rice; an example of evolutionary inertia.

This genmaimatcha fits me better than plain genmai, not sure why, I think it might be due to the fact that with the matcha coated tea, you simply get a more green flavour without the firey singed flavours that come out strong in most genmais. Whatever it is; this genmaimatcha really is a wonderful sipping and reading tea. Its good enough that it catches your attention in every sip, but not so gaudy that it is a major distraction.
The green base comes out and the powderiness of the matcha leaves the tongue feeling like it has been tucked in for the night under and cushy and warm blanket of flavour.

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2 Responses to “Review: American Tea Room Genmaimatcha”

  1. Geoff Says:

    Genmaicha is actually Japanese.

  2. David Says:

    and our tea does come from Japan.

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