Green teas are the most ancient of all tea varieties. Originally from China, they were also transplanted to Japan many centuries ago. While China has been producing tea for over five thousand years, the Japanese have made the tea in earnest for just the last five hundred. For thousands of years, green tea leaves were used as currency, as they were so valued within the culture.
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HOW TO BREW BLACK TEA
HOW TO BREW BLACK TEA
HOW TO BREW GREEN TEA
1. In your teapot, or filter, add 1 teaspoon of loose tea for each cup of tea you're brewing.
2. Pour fresh water over the tea or tea bag. This super-saturates the tea, allowing the perfect extraction of the flavor.
3.The water temperature should be 160°F - 180°F, well under the boiling point. If you don't have an electric kettle or thermometer handy, an easy rule is 1/4 room temp water to 3/4 boiling water. Let the tea steep for 1-3 minutes.
4. Use a brew-in infuser in order to remove the tea leaves immediately, which eliminates any opportunity to accidentally over-steep. Pour the freshly brewed tea into your selected cup.
GREEN TEA BREWING TEMPERATURE
Green teas vary on their optimal brewing temperature based on their origin. Japanese green tea leaves are the most delicate and taste best when brewed at 160° F. Chinese green tea leaves can take a little more heat at 175° F. If you bring your water to the boiling point, you will scorch the tea, ruining the flavor. You can use electric water-dispensing pots to heat water to exact temperatures, or you can insert instant-read thermometers to check water temperature prior to pouring over your green tea leaves.
GREEN TEA BREWING TIME
Green tea leaves should steep for at least 1-3 minutes, depending on the blend and origin. Japanese green teas often only need a minute or so to steep. However, each batch and each drinker’s palate will dictate the proper brewing time. Observing both the tea liquor and body will help you gauge whether you have brewed your tea for the correct amount of time.
If you’re looking for a stronger cup of tea, it’s best to increase the amount of tea used instead of increasing the brewing time.