How to make the perfect Green Tea!

It isn’t a secret that green tea has a millennia-old tradition in Asia and is gaining more attention in western research. Consumed as an invigorating elixir and used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries in China, India, and Japan, green tea is popular and relatively easy-to-brew. Still, there are a few things to keep in mind when preparing it, to get the most significant benefits and enjoyment from the “green gold of Asia.”

Green tea: It all depends on the quality!

Green tea is available as loose leaf tea, in tea bags, or powder form. If you want to make bagged green tea, follow the directions on the label. If you’re going to brew green tea with loose tea leaves or pearls, use a tea strainer, tea infuser, or tea ball to soak up the leaves.

Regardless of the type of tea you use, be sure to buy high-quality tea leaves or a tea of organic origin.  Get the full benefit by avoiding pesticides, aluminum, or genetic engineering as much as possible. It is also essential to use the right amount of tea leaves for the best taste. The goal is to use one teaspoon of loose leaves for every eight-ounces of water.

For the best results, we recommend using a teapot that you will only use for making green tea. It will help maintain the distinct flavor profile of green tea. Use teapots made of glass, ceramic, clay, porcelain, or stainless steel for brewing. Avoid plastic and aluminum, as these change the taste and, if the quality of the container is terrible, it can release harmful substances into the drink. 

 The right temperature for maximum enjoyment

Green tea aromas are sensitive to high temperatures do not use boiling water. Try infusing your green tea at a water temperature of 158 -176 F, the right temperature range for green tea to preserve the precious catechins.

For the most accurate results, you can use a tea kettle with a built-in thermometer. Alternatively, you can boil water on the stove, remove it from the stove and let the hot water stand for about a minute to get a perfect cup.

A delicious cup of green tea starts with using the right water. We recommend avoiding tap water unless it is pristine well water. Hard water treated with chemicals can alter the delicate taste profile of green tea. Filtered water, spring water, or purified water are ideal for getting the best taste.

Optimal brewing time for the green tea aroma

Flavors need time to develop. Let it steep for 3 to 5 minutes, depending on your taste preference. We recommend letting the tea steep for 3 minutes and then tasting it every 30 seconds for the best result. The steeping time has a direct effect on the aroma. Green tea develops bitter aromas with increasing brewing time, so you should pay attention to the moment when the tea reached the perfect shade and flavor.  Next time you will know right away!

How about Green Ice tea?

To make ice-cold green tea, you shouldn’t just brew it with cold water. Just let the perfectly brewed tea cool to room temperature before serving with ice or cooling further in the refrigerator.  You can consume the green tea as it is, or you can add lemon juice, cinnamon sticks, or milk and honey.

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