Our Story

We’re Inaka (ee-nah-kah), the first bottled roasted grain tea in North America. Taking its name from the word countryside in Japanese, it’s a refreshing, all-natural roasted grain drink made with intention and tradition. 

What are the benefits of Japanese barley tea? 

The centuries-old goodness of roasted tea, known as mugicha in Japan, arrives to bolster our immune system and calm those stressed-out feelings for a better way to go about our day. At home, on the go, or wherever life takes us.

Sit back, relax, and appreciate the toasty, hearty, roasted grain notes of traditional Japanese barley tea in its purest form - gently simmered with a hint of roasted corn until fragrantly delicious. It’s roasted tea in a bottle that’s so good that you’ll want to savor each sip and make it a daily ritual, tempting you to slow down and chill. It’s the functional beverage that fits perfectly in today’s lifestyles, offering the best caffeine free tea around.

Let Inaka provide the tranquil elements no other beverage can adequately offer. With 5 calories and zero caffeine, enjoy this roasted grain drink any time of the day or night, just like Japanese, Korean, and Chinese cultures do regularly.

You know the feeling of a cozy afternoon, a soothing hug, a soft summer breeze, and the smell of the beautiful outdoors. It’s all captured in a bottle for your contentment. Go ahead. Pop open our eco-friendly bottle and transport yourself to a state of sheer relaxation while replenishing your body with vital antioxidants and nutrients. Those emails can wait.

AHHH... So, how are you feeling now?

Our Founder

A gesture of Japanese hospitality turns into a modern brand with roots in tradition.

Mississippi-native Chat Phillips fell in love with roasted grain tea upon first drinking it as a college student in Northern Japan. Traveling during a hot summer, he was graciously served the flavorful, refreshing, and satisfying beverage.

Chat was instantly hooked. Experiencing firsthand the lovely traditions of Japanese barley tea made a lasting impression. 

Upon returning to the states, his inability to quench his thirst and soothe his body with the calmness of this functional drink left Chat feeling determined to introduce North America to Japanese barley tea.

His efforts gave birth to Inaka Tea, the closest you can get to enjoying authentic Japanese barley tea as if you were visiting Japan. Inaka is a state of mind that encourages you to slow down, take a break, and enjoy a relaxed moment with a feeling of home. It’s the caffeine alternative that fits with our growing health-conscious lifestyles.

Welcome Inaka into your home like Chat did and enjoy its delicious, soothing, and functional benefits. We can’t wait for you to try it!