Yakushima Mochi Rice Genmaicha



May 2023

Yakushima Island, Japan

This is one of five teas I sourced from my journey to Yakushima Island in January 2023.

This special genmaicha is made with brown mochi rice, traditionally cultivated in Japan. The puffed rice is combined with organic green tea from Yakushima, and organic matcha from Marukyu Koyamaen of Uji, Kyoto.

The small tea farm that produces this tea is deep in the mountains of Yakushima. They practice natural farming methods, in which no pesticides or chemical fertilizers are used.

We feel the clarity and refreshing energy of the sencha grown here. Its bright, chlorophyll notes are so well complemented by the cakey sweetness of the mochi rice.

When we brew this tea the rice and tea leaves separate, with the orbs of rice floating on top of the water like little boats. However, in the cloudy, luminous green liquor they yield, the taste of the tea and the rice is entirely unified. Without any bitterness in the sencha, the sweetness of this genmaicha feels round and green. 

Net weight 100g

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Brewing Guide

Tea 4g
Water 150ml
Temperature 100 °C
Steep time 10 sec - 90 sec
No. of infusions 6

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