Common man’s cup of tea1 min read 28 Apr 2017, 05:21 PM IST
Savoury Japanese 'genmaicha' tastes like liquid popcorn
My first tea experience in Japan, in a tea salon inside a popular departmental store in Tokyo, was somewhat unexpected. A polite saleswoman bowed deeply and welcomed us in. With the precision of an artisan, she brewed a variety of Japanese green teas for us to try: sencha, a steamed green tea with a grassy flavour; hojicha, a smoky tea that is roasted over charcoal; and genmaicha, a deeply toasty tea that derives its aroma from the roasted brown rice that is added to the leaves.
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