Green tea and the likes are a phenomenon sweeping over the US. Everywhere you look there’s a new green tea product out on the market, green tea ice tea, diet green tea etc.The health and diet benefits are obviously beneficial. But is buying it worth it? It can get expensive and waste a lot of plastic. The quality is definitely less and there’s more sugar in a bottled version. Why settle for that? Green tea, Black tea, White tea and so on are just as unique as coffee or wine. It’s no longer canned coffee and red or white wine. The possibilities are endless, just like with tea.
Brewing tea, especially gourmet tea, saves you money and trash. It’s also better for you. You can control the amount sugar and personalize the taste with honey or lemon.
Drink it hot or chill it.
There are a couple of ways to brew Japanese green teas. Generally about one teaspoon of green tea per cup, should be used. With very high quality teas more than this amount of leaf is used, and the leaf is steeped multiple times for short durations. However, depending on your own taste, use as much tea as suits you. After gaining brewing experience, it won’t be necessary to actually measure the quantity.
Brewing time and temperature varies with individual teas. The hottest brewing temperatures are 180°F to 190°F (82°C to 88°C) water and the longest steeping times 2 to 3 minutes. The coolest brewing temperatures are 140°F to 150°F (60°C to 66°C) and the shortest times about 30 seconds. In general, lower quality green teas are steeped hotter and longer, while higher quality teas are steeped cooler and shorter. Steeping green tea too hot or too long will result in a bitter brew. High quality green teas can and usually are steeped multiple times; 2 or 3 steepings is typical.
There are two important things to consider when brewing loose leaf green teas. During processing, Japanese green tea is first steamed and not heat-treated. The result is that the tea can be brewed for full flavor using a lower water temperature and less time than other teas. Next, brewing a pot of Japanese loose leaf green tea is not difficult at all. Just keep at it and the perfect balance will come.
Water Quality is also very important if your tap water tastes bad, then so probably will your green tea. If possible use fresh, filtered water without a lot of minerals for for the best tasting tea.
There are so many traditional Japanese teapots available. I use a teapot that has a removable metal basket in which to place the tea. Some people use a “Kyusu”. It’s a metal strainer that covers the spout on the inside of the teapot. The tea leaves are placed directly inside this type of pot. Also on the market are new age designed products to brew tea. They should all pretty much work well.
Remember with practice and a little trial and error you should be able to find the balance that suits you best. The benefits, whether health wise or satisfaction of taste, is well worth the effort.
Post time: 12-25-2017