Since I began enjoying green teas, I learned there’s an art to making it and the process is a bit different than brewing a regular batch using bags. Once you start dabbling with good quality loose teas, you become very particular about how to make it.
Before getting started, here are a few tips:
- In general use 1 level teaspoon of tea per cup (8 oz).
- Lower quality varieties need hotter water and are steeped longer.
- Higher quality varieties are steeped in a lower temperature and for a shorter amount of time.
- If you steep in too hot of water or for too long, the result will be a bitter batch.
- While steeping, don’t stir or swirl the leaves since the movement can release more tannins (making it bitter).
- Use a strainer or infuser rather than a ball, the leaves will expand in the hot water so give them lots of room.
Directions For Making Green Tea:
- Using a kettle, bring water to a boil and let stand for about 5 minutes, you want the temperature to drop to 80°C.
- While the water is getting ready, measure 1 teaspoon of tea per cup of water (8 oz) in the strainer and place in your choice of vessel, you can brew a single cup in a mug or make a bigger batch in a pot.
- When the water is at the right temperature, pour water over the leaves and cover the vessel so it steeps.
- Allow to steep for 30 seconds then dump the water. This washes the tea without affecting the flavor.
- Cover leaves again with the hot water and steep for 2 to 3 minutes.
- Remove leaves immediately and set aside for another two steeps.
- Sip & enjoy your perfect brew!
To re-steep your leaves, add a minute for each steeping. For example:
- The second steeping will need 3 to 4 minutes.
- The third steeping will need 4 to 5 minutes.
Some teas can get more than three steepings, especially if they’re very fresh and of good quality. Experiment and see what happens!
*These directions of for good quality, loose varieties
- Brew White for 2-3 minutes at 80°C, start with 1.5 teaspoons per cup.
- Brew Oolong for 3-4 minutes at 90°C and start with 1 teaspoon per cup.
- Brew Rooibos and herbal varieties for 6-8 minutes at 100°C and start with 1.5 teaspoons per cup.
- Brew Black for 3-4 minutes at 100°C and start with 1 teaspoon per cup.
As you can see, getting the best cup possible is a bit of a process but it’s worth it! You can experiment with the measured amount of tea (for a stronger or weaker batch based on preference), but do watch the water temperature and the steeping time–go wrong on either of these two points and your lovely green tea becomes a bitter drink.
Also make sure to check out this reference guide to learn more about varieties and benefits it has to offer.