Green Tea Recipe - Brewing Green Tea Tips
Green Tea doesn't turn out green
- If you brew green tea too hot, it will become bitter. Green tea should be brewed around 175 degrees F give or take 5 degrees.
- You used old green tea. Green tea properly packaged has a shelf life of 6 months. Once opened you have 2-3 months.
- Your green tea was from a late harvest. The best green tea comes from the first harvest in late April, early May.
- You brewed it too long. This depends on the variety of the green tea, generally no more than 2 minutes.
- You used too much or too little green tea. It depends on the variety of the green tea, but normally about one teaspoon to 8-10 ounces of water.
- You need good water for brewing green tea.
- Green tea is compact. Once you brew green tea, it expands and needs plenty of space to open up.
- You should use a teapot for green tea.
- You started with low quality green tea.
Storing Green Tea
All tea has a shelf life. The enemies of green tea are air, light, moisture and odors from other foods. To preserve its freshness as long as possible, green teas should be stored in a cool and dry place, in a container that is opaque and airtight. An airtight tin is best. Avoid glass jars, as this exposes the green tea to light. Since tea absorbs other odors easily, it is important to store it away from any strong-smelling foods. We do not recommend to refrigerate or freeze green teas.