Not sure how to brew green tea?
Don't worry, there is a solution for your problematic tea.
Whether you are drinking green tea for its wonderful flavor or for your health, you should be getting the most out of your green tea every time.
Here are a few tips that will help you make a nice cup of tea and also solve some possible issues you may be having.
When tea is properly brewed, you may reap a variety of tea benefits. Otherwise, the tannins present in green tea may ruin the flavor of your drink and leave it so astringent that you will have a hard time enjoying even a small sip.
Come along and learn how to make
the perfect cup of tea
Water quality is extremely important to brew the perfect cup of tea.
How does water influence tea?
How to brew green tea with the best water quality?
When you are preparing yourself a nice cup of tea your best choice would be spring still water.
Always brew just the amount you plan to consume straight away.
Each specific variety of green tea may call for different amounts of tea per cup of water, but a teaspoon per cup is a good rule of thumb to use with regular teas.
Brewing the perfect cup of tea depends a lot on the temperature of the water and the time the tea steeps in the teapot. And temperature and time depend on the variety of green tea.
Quick tip: If you do boil your water when preparing high quality green teas, give the water 1 or 2 minutes to cool down or you may pour a tablespoon of cold water into the pot. It will bring it to the right temperature.
Let’s have a look at other Japanese Green Tea varieties and find out the differences between them, when it comes to brewing:
Steeping Time and its Impact on Caffeine in Green Tea
One of green tea side effects is the caffeine content. As you may know, after the first brewing the caffeine intake drops, thus after multiple brewings your drink will be almost caffeine free.
However, do not forget that a shorter steeping time produces high caffeine content and, consequently, a low polyphenol amount, since these powerful antioxidants are released while your tea is steeping.
Whenever possible, you should use loose leaf tea to make your pot of tea. A good quality tea needs room to open the leaves and release all flavor and benefits into the water.
When are tea bags allowed?
Tea bags are a good solution when you are in a hurry, when you are travelling or simply don't have the tea instruments that allow you to brew a good tea.
Remember: tea harvested for tea bags is usually of lower quality than premium loose leaf green tea. The flavor will be different and it may seem unfamiliar to you.
Quick tip: If you like to drink tea in the office or on the go, consider purchasing a tea tumber that contains a filter or a tea basket.
With these tips, brewing green tea should be a simple task, so let's go throught the process step by step.
Prepare your teapot, put on the kettle, get the tea strainer and choose the tea leaves.
Ready? Let's begin.
Take a sip and enjoy the perfect cup of green tea.
Is it bitter? Is the aroma unpleasant?
There are many reasons why your green tea is not exactly what you expected. Let's take a look at the most common ones.
The tea tastes funny.
The tea tastes bitter and is too astringent.
Your tea seems too strong or not strong enough.
Your tea tastes old or poorly, no matter what you try.
A good cup of green tea is worth the time you put into achieving the perfect combination of tea, water, temperature and steeping time.
Green tea is fresh, delicate and super healthy. Find out more about green tea health benefits.
Choose your green tea and start brewing!
You will soon find that a good cup of green tea is easy to make!
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”In the Taste of a single cup of tea you will eventually discover the truth of all the ten thousand forms in the universe.”
- Attributed to Kyongbong Sunim, Ch'an (Zen) Master
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