How to Make Green Tea

It is easy to learn how to make green tea properly. You need only  follow a few basic rules. The teapot, water temperature and brewing times are important to make the perfect cuppa.....

The flavour of green tea is more delicate than black tea, and it is important to use a teapot that is not tainted with the smell of  a stronger tea.

Ideally, try using a glass teapot that can be properly washed between brews.

Or, if you have a favourite green tea, keep a separate pot just for that tea. This way, the pot itself can become infused with the smell and flavour of your tea over time. In this case, a ceramic pot is best. Metal can impart some of its flavour into the tea after a time.

Purists will suggest using fresh and clear spring water. Certainly this is best, but for those without access to pure water, tap water will still make a great cup of tea.

The temperature of the water is important though. If you brew green tea using water that is too hot, it will release the bitter tasting tannins of the tea leaf.

Green tea should be brewed with water that is about 80C (175F) in temperature. Personally, I turn the kettle off as soon as it boils and I leave it for about 15 minutes before I then make my tea. My kettle holds about 1.5 litres. A thermometer is a good idea to get the perfect temperature.

When the kettle has just boiled, it is important to heat the pot. Just pour a little of the water into the pot and put the lid on.

When the water is at the right temperature, empty the warming water from the teapot and measure in the tea.

1 tsp of loose tea per person is a good general amount. If you have a tea infuser, it's best to use that. This way, you can lift the tea leaves out of the tea pot as soon as it is brewed.

Green tea only takes 1-3 minutes to be properly brewed. If you leave it any longer, it can taste bitter. When learning how to make green tea, this was the thing I often missed. It's worth putting a timer on.

Taste the tea, and if it is ready, then remove the infuser. You can now serve the tea, or it can sit in the pot keeping warm for a short while.

Alternatively, you could either pour the tea straight away, or you could strain the tea into a jug, remove the leaves from the pot, and then put the strained tea back into the pot.

This may seem like a bit of a faff, but it really is worth it to avoid the bitterness of overbrewed green tea.

I believe that it is important to enjoy your tea in the way that you like. Around the world, different cultures enjoy tea in very different ways.

In Japan, green tea is traditionally served without milk, lemon or sweetening.

However, some people do add milk and/or sweetening. I think it's important to go steady with the additions, since green tea has such a delicate flavour when properly brewed.

When the tea is over-brewed, it can taste bitter, and I'm sure that's why some people add milk and sugar.

Green tea leaves can be used for a second brewing - you just need to extend the brewing time.

In order to save the leaves for re-brewing, you need to rinse them in cold water straight after making the tea and then save them for re-use.

The extended brewing time on the second brewing varies depending on the quality of the leaf. I would suggest trying 3 minutes to begin with, and then taste. If it is too weak, leave it for another 2 minutes. Keep checking,and remove the leaves as soon as it is brewed to your liking.

Used green tea leaves can be put on the compost, or they can be put into plant pots to feed the plants. They can also be used to make eye masks. There's a great site that gives full details of all these different ideas called greentealovers.com.

So there you go! Who knew learning how to make green tea would be so much fun!


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