Genmaicha - Super Simple Brewing Guide

The guide below is the standard method in Japan, so following these steps can help you effortlessly recreate the authentic flavours.

What you need:

  • Kettle 
  • Teapot
  • Scale
  • Timer 

Step 1: Weigh the tea leaves

Using the appropriate amount of tea leaves and water is the first step to brewing a perfect cup of tea.

As a general rule of thumb, 1 g of tea leaf requires 40 ml (1.35 oz.) of water.
For instance, if you want 240 ml (8 oz) of tea, you will need 6 g of tea leaves.

We recommend that you start with this ratio first and then adjust according to your preference. 30 ml (1 oz) - 45 ml (1.5 oz) is also within the standard range! 

Please be sure to check the capacity of your teapot and cup of choice and adjust the quantity as necessary.

Did you know: In Japan, the standard serving size is about 120 ml (approx. 4.3 oz) per person, as it is meant to be enjoyed like an espresso. That doesn’t mean that you can’t fill up your favourite mug with Genmaicha, though! Feel free to adjust according to your preferences and lifestyle.

Step 2: Boil water to 90°C (194°F) 

Using hot water helps bring out the uplifting aroma and refreshing qualities that Genmaicha is known for. 

As the base of our Genmaicha is first flush Tamaryokucha, which is a bit more delicate than second flush or third flush green teas, we recommend not using boiling water when brewing. 

We find that for our Genmaicha, a temperature range between 80°C (176°F) and 90°C (194°F) works best. 

Step 3: Gently pour over tea leaves

Using a scale instead of a measuring cup is easy!  Just remeber that 1ml equals 1g. 

Step 4: Wait for 30 seconds

Once you have gently poured the water into the teapot, put the lid back on the pot and wait for about 30 seconds.

The shorter-range steeping time creates a more balanced flavour when using the hotter water.

If you used a lower temperature (80°C/176°F), we recommend steeping for about 60 seconds. 

Step 5: Gently pour into cup

Make sure to pour in the last drop, as this is the most flavourful!

Pro Tip: Tilt the teapot spout upwards occasionally while pouring to move the tea leaves evenly. When serving for two or more persons, take turns adding tea to each cup. This ensures that the strength and coloration of each serving are similar. 

Do not swirl the teapot with the intention to 'extract more flavour.' This will actually only increase the bitterness of the tea. Keep in mind that the way you move you teapot will impact the flavour!

Step 6: Remove the lid promptly 

Remove the lid to prevent the tea leaves from getting too mushy from the heat and humidity. This simple step will make the second infusion even more delicious.

First Infusion

The first infusion has a toasty flavour that is reminiscent of popcorn!
Take your time to enjoy the rich aromas.

Second infusion 

The water temperature for the second infusion should be slightly higher than the first infusion. Steeping time is not required, as the tea leaves are already open. You can serve immediately after pouring water into the teapot.

Pro Tip: When you need a larger quantity of tea to serve guests, simply mix the first infusion with the second infusion. Steeping time is not required for the second infusion, so there’s no significant time difference in preparation.

This tea can be steeped for up to two infusions.

Compare the subtle differences in each cup! Enjoy!