Genmaicha ("brown rice tea"), is a Japanese tea consisting of green tea combined with roasted popped brown rice. It is sometimes referred to colloquially as "popcorn tea" because a few grains of the rice pop during the roasting process and resemble popcorn. The sugar and starch from the rice cause the tea to have a warm, full flavor that is similar to that of nuts. It is considered easy to drink and soothes the tummy.
Tea steeped from genmaicha has a light yellow hue. Its flavor is mild and combines the fresh grassy flavor of green tea with the aroma of the roasted rice. Although this tea is based on green tea, the recommended way to brew this tea is different from that of green tea. The water to brew genmaicha should be about 80–85 °C (176–185 °F). A brewing time of 3–5 minutes is recommended, depending on desired strength.