“Gen maicha” means natural rice. This specialty is made from Bancha tea, to which approximately 50 % roasted or popped rice grains have been added. The incomparable taste is characterized by the mildness of the Bancha tea and is ideally complemented by the pleasant, slightly sweet and nutty caramel note. Thanks to the low caffeine content and the fine mildness, this tea can be consumed all day long. Also here, green tea beginners can expect a very positive experience. The Japanese prefer this tea for the afternoon hours.
Reasons to LOVE this tea:
- a hearty cup with very little astringentcy
- warm and nutty with a lovely savory quality
- Great Source of Antioxidants, which have been shown to lower the risk of heart disease.
- According to a 2006 review of the beneficial effects of green tea in the Journal of American College of Nutrition, when comparing dry leaves, unoxidized green tea retains more antioxidants than black, oolong, or pu-erh. The catechin (or antioxidant) that displays the greatest increase in green tea when compared to the black, oolong and pu-erh is EGCG (epigallocatechin-3-gallate). (Reference: “Beneficial Effects of Green Tea – A Review” Journal of the American College of Nutrition, Vol 25, No 2 (2006)