How To Brew Green Tea
Are you looking for the perfect cup of green tea? Well, you just came to the right place. Today, we are going to follow some golden thumb rule. Well, although all green teas have some things in common, there are many variables — the type of tea, leaf size and shape, harvesting season, etc. — and therefore there is no one standard for how to brew green tea. But, Think of this as a guide, and then you can follow your own palate.
Golden Thumb Rule – Use 2.5 grams of tea leaves per 180 ml of water.
Keep remember, The water is important as the tea leaves when you brew green tea. Whether it’s tap, filtered, or spring water, it should taste good. If possible avoid distilled water, which might taste flat and certainly can change the taste of the tea. Alternatively, You can start with fresh, cold water that has not been previously boiled.
It’s always good to heat the water to the optimal temperature which will help to draw out the right balance of amino acids, which contribute flavor and sweetness.
Golden Thumb Rule – Let the water come just short of boiling.
The Steeping Time
All it depends on the tea leaves and especially personal preference. Generally, Small leaves infuse more quickly than large leaves. So, If you wish you can taste the tea at the one-minute mark and then every 30 seconds.
Golden Thumb Rule – Steep the tea from 3 to 5 minutes
180 ml water, plus more if pre-warming the pot or cup
2.5 grams or about 1 teaspoon green tea
Kettle to boil water, Teapot, Scale or measuring spoon, Filter or strainer, Timer, Tea cup for serving
- Heat the water: Place the water in a tea kettle and heat it to 160°F to 180°F. Alternatively, bring the water to a boil and then let it rest until it cools to the correct temperature. If you do not have a thermometer to measure the specific temperature, heat the water to just short of boiling. Traditionally Japanese green teas and spring teas are brewed at lower temperatures (160°F to 170°F) and standard Chinese green teas at higher temperatures (170°F to 180°F).
- Pre-warm the teapot or cup (optional): Pour a small amount of boiling water into the pot or cup. When the pot or cup is warm, pour out the water.
- Measure the tea leaves: Using a scale, measure 2 grams of tea leaves. Alternatively, measure 1 teaspoon of tea leaves.
- Place the leaves in the teapot or cup: Place the tea leaves in the pot or cup, either directly or in an infuser.
- Pour the water: Pour the water over the tea leaves.
- Cover the teapot or cup: Place the lid on the teapot, or if using a cup, cover it with a lid or a small saucer.
- Steep the tea: Depending on the particular variety, the tea should steep for 1 to 3 minutes. Small leaves generally infuse more quickly than large leaves. Set a timer for 1 minute. Taste the tea at 1 minute and then every 30 seconds until it is to your liking.
- Stop the infusion: As soon as the tea is ready, remove the leaves by lifting out the infuser or pouring the tea through a strainer.
Reusing tea leaves: Whole tea leaves can often be steeped 2 to 3 times from freshly brewed green tea, producing new flavors with each subsequent brew. Traditionally the water temperature is increased slightly for Chinese green teas and decreased slightly for Japanese green teas. Brewing Green Tea is just a matter of practice.
Fast facts on green tea
Moreover, Here are some key points about green tea –
- Indian still use green tea as traditional medicine
- There are many different types of green tea available
- Green tea may help prevent a range of ailments including cancer