Genmaicha, the Japanese name for green tea mixed with brown rice. The legend of Genmaicha and how it has become a popular choice of green tea today stems from a Tea shop owner in Japan - in order not to waste traditional Japanese Rice Cakes (called Kagami Mochi) which is made for an annual ceremony, the Tea shop owner roasted them and decided to put it into the loose leaf tea! This also has a good nutritive effect and was sometimes the only nutrition that the poorest people in the country could have as at times they couldn’t afford a meal. So traditionally this was a peasant drink, it was not celebrated by the masses, but now we all enjoy a cup or two. Nicknamed Popcorn tea because when roasted the small grains of rice pop into what look and taste like mini popcorns, a delicious buttery popcorn flavour!