Two other traditional Japanese teas are Roasted Barley Tea (mugi cha) and Brown Rice Kukicha (genmai kukicha). Unhulled barley for barley tea is first sprouted to activate its natural sweetness, then roasted to bring out its deep, rich flavor. Excellent chilled, barley tea is a favorite of women and children during Japan's hot, humid summers.
Brown Rice Kukicha is a type of Twig Tea. It is a mixture of 50% tea twigs and 50% kernels of roasted, popped brown rice. Enjoyed both hot and chilled, Brown Rice Kukicha has a mild, nutty flavor. It is a soothing tea that can be enjoyed by children and adults alike. It is available in the Mitoku label in tea bags or bulk.