In the olden days, genmaicha (or brown rice tea) was a drink for those who couldn’t afford pure tea blends. Genmaicha was also drunk by fasting monks or rationed warriors, as the mix between green tea and roasted rice made it a more filling drink. Nowadays, genmaicha has become one of the most popular teas in Japan.
Uji area (south of Kyoto) produces some of the finest tea blends of Japan. There, we travelled to the small village of Wazuka-cho with over 800 years of history producing teas. We found the perfect genmaicha tea at Obubu tea farm, where Matsumoto-san and his French wife Marie-san welcomed us. Obubu tea farm aims to bring quality Japanese tea to the world, contribute to the local and global community through tea, revitalize interest in tea and agriculture through education.