Genmai Cha (Genmaicha) also known as ‘popcorn tea’ is a very popular tea in Japan that can be drunk throughout the day in any situation.
Its special quality is that roasted brown rice is added to Bancha, creating a uniquely strong rice taste and aroma. Sugar is commonly added.
Folklore has it that this tea was originally drunk by peasants as a way of supplementing their diets. Some say that tea, a relatively expensive commodity, was weighted by the addition of rice in the market place as a way of making it go a bit further.