Green Tea Recipe - Steeping Green Tea
The perfect cup of Green Tea
Brewing the perfect cup of green tea from loose leaves is simple. Feel free to experiment.
Start with fresh, cold good-tasting water We recommend using filtered or bottled spring water with a natural mineral content that is neither too hard nor too soft. Distilled water is not recommended since water purified of its mineral content produces a flat tasting infusion. Fresh water contains more oxygen, which enhances the taste of the tea. Never use hot tap water or water that has already boiled.
It is important to preheat the pot or cup. If hot water is poured into a cold vessel, the temperature of the water will drop too quickly and the full flavor of the green tea will not be extracted. Pour a little of the boiling water from the kettle into the pot and then pour this water off into the drinking cups to warm them.
Ideally, 3 grams of dry leaves should be used for every 6 ounces of water. We recommend starting with one rounded teaspoon of dry leaves for each 6-ounce cup. With lighter weight teas such as large, wiry oolongs and whites, try 2 teaspoons per 6 oz cup.
Black, Dark Oolong, Herbal are best with water near boiling. Green, White, Green Oolong should not be prepared with boiling water. Japanese greens tend to taste best with water at 170-180º F. China green teas tend to taste best with water at 185º F. Generally, the finer the green tea, the lower the water temperature should be. Pour the water when bubbles begin to rise or bring the water to a boil first and then let it cool for two to three minutes.
Steep for the proper length of time The smaller the leaf, the faster the tea infuses. Steep for a minute or two, then taste. Pay attention to the taste rather than the color. When the tea tastes right, serve or pour off all the liquid to avoid oversteeping.
Some green, oolong and white teas are good for multiple infusions. Just add fresh hot water to the pot and increase the steeping time slightly for each subsequent infusion. Repeat until the flavor starts to fade.
- Japanese Green Teas: 1-2 minutes
- Chinese Green Teas: 2-3 minutes
- White Teas: 2-5 minutes
- Green Oolong Teas: 2-3 minutes
- Dark Oolong Teas: 3-5 minutes
- Black Teas: 3-5 minutes
- Herbal Infusions: 5-10 minutes