Mr. Usaji wrote:I actually didn't like Den's genmaicha at all. (I did like their "Genmaicha Extra-Green" with matcha, but that's a different category.) In fact, in a taste test of Den's, Yamamotoyama genmaicha tea bags, and Dong Suh (Korean) "Brown Rice Green Tea" bags, I thought Yamamotoyama was the clear winner. Both of the others were pretty bad.
My favorite genmaicha is still Maeda-en's "gold" version, which you can find in Asian grocery stores. I think it's better than any of those other three. And cheaper.
TwoPynts wrote:I hope that "special teas" gen. is good...just sent away for 2 lbs of it! I like Den's, but only the extra-green version.
britt wrote:I don't care for any genmaicha that uses first-flush sencha.
britt wrote:TwoPynts wrote:I hope that "special teas" gen. is good...just sent away for 2 lbs of it! I like Den's, but only the extra-green version.
Two pounds!!!???? I hope it's good too. To be honest, I've never had a truly bad genmaicha. Some have too much rice and not enough tea, others have some other imperfection, but I've found them all to be at least okay.
Mr. Usaji wrote:Chip, please give us your recipe!
Chip wrote:Mr. Usaji wrote:Chip, please give us your recipe!
I use several methods, First you have to choose your grains. I use several different rices, including "sweet rice." You can also do this for Mugi (barley), etc. I store it seperate from actual tea and add tea per serving. The tea is whatever sencha, etc I have around that is not wowing me on its own.
I have a pan dedicated to the job. Pretty high heat, dry, KEEP IT MOVING, think jiffy pop or stir with a bamboo flat end spatula. Pan fire around 5 minutes.
I also use a hot air popcorn popper. Again around 5 minutes.
Freshly roasted is really aromatic!
Mr. Usaji wrote:britt wrote:I don't care for any genmaicha that uses first-flush sencha.
Is that what's in Den's genmaicha? Their website says "Between 2010 First and Second Harvests". If it is first-flush sencha or similar, that could be what's wrong. But anyway, I might just not like it because I'm weird, or my package from Den's wasn't fresh. If it was Infusion's favorite, maybe it's usually better.
I have wondered whether brewing the rice and tea separately would give better results, and I would try it if I could find some plain genmai without tea.