I can drink green tea all day long... one of my fav teas is Genmaicha- green tea with roasted brown rice grains.
More about Genmaicha on Wikipedia:
"Genmaicha ("brown rice tea") is the Japanese name for green tea combined with roasted 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. This type of tea was originally drunk by poor Japanese, as the rice served as a filler and reduced the price of the tea; which is why it is also known as the "people's tea." It was also used by those persons fasting for religious purposes or who found themselves to be between meals for long periods of time. Today it is consumed by all segments of society. "
Instead of buying ready packed teas in sachets, I love to buy a big pack of tea leaves and place them in filter bags and then brew them. I just love to make them on my own... pretty therapeutic for me :-) and needless to say, more economical too!
Bought this pack of Genmaicha from Daiso, store it in a container and I can make my own genmaicha anytime I want :-)
These tea filter bags can be bought from Daiso too. I use these filter bags for my soup stock as well, place ikan bilis inside and boil your soup stock, just take out the whole bag before consuming, easy peasy!
Just love the fragrance of the tea leaves and roasted rice grains.........hmm!
Place the tea leaves into a filter bag, no need to fill it up too full as the tea leaves and rice grains will expand
Seal it up!
Put the tea bag in a cup with hot water and let it steep for a while!
Ta-da! Your very own cuppa genmaicha...
You can do the same for other tea leaves like woo long tea, or even coffee beans!
Enjoy your cuppa tea, I know I am ;-)