How to Make Green Tea Perfectly

Finding your perfect “Matcha” is easier than you think. There are two main methods to prepare Green Tea. The easy method, or the Traditional Japanese ceremony method. The latter is a bit beyond this article, but more information will soon be available on my website.

Growing your own Green Tea plants

Green Tea plants seem to have originated in China. There is evidence that suggests that Green Tea has been used for more than 5000 years. From China, Green Tea spread around those eastern regions namely Japan, Taiwan, India and even up to Russia.

The Tea Plant (camellia sinensis) prefers high altitudes with a tropical rainfall. But doesn’t thrive well at lower altitudes. But with care and attention, you should be able to grow a few Green Tea plants in your back yard, or a green house.

There are a few places that you would be able to buy Green Tea saplings. Picking the young leaves off your own Green Tea plant will make an awesome and fresh brew.

Brewing your perfect cup of loose leaf

There are a few factors that you need to keep in mind when you want to brew your green tea.

-The Quality of Water
-The quality of Green Tea
-Water temperature
-And the time needed to steep

If you change any one of these factors, you will have to make adjustments to the others. Or you could end up with a very bitter cup of Green Tea.

The water quality is a major issue. Tap water is generally not considered pure enough. There are very many chemicals in normal tap water that alter and influence the flavour of tea. I highly recommend pure spring water at best, heavily filtered water at worst. And stay away from tap water.

The lower the quality of Green Tea, the longer you have to steep, and the higher temperature water you need to use.

As a rule of thumb, never, ever use boiling water. I usually let my boiling water cool down for a few minutes before adding the loose leaf teas. I follow a few simple steps:

1.Boil the water. Some people say that boiling water that has cooled down makes tea taste better than water that has not yet been boiled. I have found no differences in taste, but find it easier to let boiling water cool down than trying to gauge the water temperature without a thermometer.

2.Pour the boiling water into your empty Green Tea pot and let it stand for a minute. The cold Tea Pot helps in cooling the water down, while the hot water also warms up the tea pot.

3.Pour out the water from the tea pot into your drinking mugs. This helps cool the water down even more, and warms up the cups. The warm cups help retain the heat in your cup of tea while you are drinking. Let the water stand in the mugs for about a minute. The added advantage of this, is that you now have the exact amount of water you need for your brew

4.Discard the remaining water in the tea pot. The exact amount of water is in the drinking mugs. Green Tea can be steeped multiple times, but if you leave the tea to steep in the little bit of extra water, you could get very bitter tea.

5.Add your Green Tea Loose leaves to the pot. A good indication is about a teaspoonful of tea per cup that you are planning to brew.

6.Empty the water from the mugs into the tea pot and let brew for 3 to 4 minutes.

7.Pour out the green tea to fill a quarter of the drinking mugs and rotate or swirl the tea pot gently.

8.Fill the mugs to half, and gently rotate the tea pot again.

9.Finally fill the drinking mugs making sure that no water has been left in the tea pot.

By only partially pouring the Green Tea into the mugs ensures that the Green Tea flavour is evenly distributed between you and your Tea partner. Gently swirling your teapot between pours mixes the flavour into the infused water still in the tea pot. But be careful not to swirl to energetically, as that will more than likely give you a stronger brew, and possibly bitter at that.

The best method to judge, is to taste your tea. Subtly altering any of my steps will change either consistency, strength and ultimately flavour. Keep experimenting until you find your balance.

Loose Leaf Green Teas can be re-steeped several time. I usually only go up to 3 time. Add an extra minute each time you re-steep your tea leaves. This will ensure that you get the maximum flavor available from each steep. When the flavor runs out, it is time to use some fresh loose leaves.

How to make Green Tea in Bags

Almost boiling water and a steeping time of 4 to 5 minutes. Tea bags by nature are efficient and easy way to enjoy your Green Tea, especially if you are on the move and don’t have the time, or the equipment to follow my (or a similar) brewing method.

The quality of Green Tea in bags is in most cases lower. Especially supermarket bought tea bags.

Also … the leaves are broken, and the bag itself restricts loose leaves from fully opening. If your tea bags contain particles of tea, then you will need to adjust your brewing method to compensate. More heat and a longer steeping time will be needed.

I personally prefer loose leaf green tea to tea bags, but .. there have been the odd occasion when tea bags have been advantageous.

After finding this miraculous brew in a severe time of need, Green Tea has become an almost obsessive hobby. Within weeks of starting to drink green tea regularly, I was able to notice the beneficial effects in my own body. Slight weight loss, better concentration, and, I am finally rid of that constant bloated feeling.

Join me as I delve into the world of Green Tea, uncovering some of the mysteries, exposing the myths and most of all … Living Healthier, Living Longer.

Tips on Buying the Perfect Green Tea

Before you purchase green tea, there are things you need to consider. It is helpful to be knowledgeable about any product you are considering buying. When it comes to choosing which type to get, please remember that the appearance and color are not always the basis for the quality.

Not because a merchant says his or her beverage is a high-grade quality, it doesn’t mean it is fresh at all! It’s all about proper handling from where it was grown to processing to storing. Properly stored, this wonder drink can still taste great for months but even the finest beverage can lose its precious flavor if not stored properly.

In addition, there are different types of green tea, the three major tea producing regions are Japan, China, and India. Each of them has its own taste because of the climate, the soil, and the altitude as well as the processing involved.

The best way to test the freshness of green tea is to close your fist tightly around a small amount then breathe in with your nose, and release your fingers.

You should smell either a grassy, sweet, or pleasant aroma depending on the type. However, if there’s no smell at all or maybe just a very faint aroma, you can bet that it is not fresh enough.

Take note that this technique is still not the true test for the tea’s freshness. The true test is brewing the tea leaves with the correct amounts of tea leaves and water heated to the right temperature, followed with the proper steeping time.

So how can you test different types of green tea without buying in bulk? Some stores have samplers. I recommend that if you are a tea novice that you start with a tea sampler first. Most high quality green teas have pale green to yellow-green brew and the brewed leaves have a clean aroma with pleasant vegetative flavor.

Your tea merchant should be able to assist you and answer questions such as how old the tea is, how it was stored prior to delivery, and how it is stored in his or her shop.

How to Brew Perfect Green Tea

Although the same plant – Camellia Sinensis – is grown everywhere in Japan, the market is full of large quantities of different teas, not only by their names but also the appearance, and most of all – taste. This is because, depending on the conditions in which they are grown, and whether – and how – processed later, Japanese teas have different names.

You cannot discuss Japanese teas, without mentioning the umami. This is the fifth basic taste (the other being of course: sweet, salty, sour and bitter), discovered by a Japanese researcher Ikeda Kikunae in 1908. It is the taste of glutamic acid, present among others in mature tomatoes and soy sauce. The taste of umami is highly valued in Japan. No wonder that the Japanese appreciate most types of tea which naturally contains a lot of glutamic acid, and thus – a distinct touch of umami. It can be found in the highest quality teas, especially shaded.

Some basic guidelines should be followed when brewing and the same applies to both loose tea and bagged one.

Water is very important when brewing high-quality green tea. It is recommended to use filtered water with low pH and low calcium content. The more soft water, the better it brings out the flavours and aromas of the tea.

Attention should be paid to water temperature when brewing green tea. Preparing black tea is as simple as pouring boiling water, but treated in this way, green tea will become cloudy and bitter. Never attempt to infuse the water with a temperature higher than 80 degrees C. It is also aware of the general principle that the higher-quality tea, the lower the water temperature should be and the longer the brewing time should be adopted.

Brewing time is also very important factor. Most of the Japanese teas have a very short steeping time – from 1 to 3 minutes. Only the highest quality teas can be brewed longer, but the water at a lower temperature (up to 60 degrees Celsius). Japanese green tea becomes very bitter if brewed for too long. It should be remembered that Japanese tea can be infused several times, however brewing time should be extended with each subsequent infusion. If not sure if the water temperature is right, we should trust our own taste and experiment a little. If brewed tea is bitter and is has yellowish colour, it means that the water was too hot and a little colder should be used for next infusion.

Many people claim that the first brew of green tea is the worst. In the past first infusion was often discarded, but this was a time when teas weren’t made with such care as today. They contained a lot of dust and other contaminants, and the first brewing was used to rinse the tea leaves. Therefore this isn’t necessary today. Made with great care, high quality Japanese teas do not contain contaminants, and the first brew often turns out to be the best.

As green tea became popular throughout the Europe and USA, it can be found in almost every supermarket. Convenient it may be, however many people prefer more expensive but usually better quality loose tea.

5 Things You Need For Perfect Green Tea Every Cup

Green tea has many health benefits and these are well documented. From helping to lose weight, to helping to fight cancer, and from helping to prevent arthritis to helping to prevent heart attacks. It’s no surprise then that people are drinking green teas for health reasons, as well as for the taste and enjoyment of the tea.

If you’ve tried green tea and didn’t like it, then it might be because the tea wasn’t made properly. The usual complaint is that that it’s too bitter. This can be due to the fact that the water used to make the tea was too hot. If the tea was made with water at the right temperature, then it might have been left to brew for too long, which also affects the taste.

So, what do you need to make the perfect cup of green tea every time?

Presumably you already have a kettle and a cup, so the only items you’ll need are:

1. Green Tea

Choosing the right tea will make a difference. You might already know which teas you like, or may have never tried it before. Green Tea can be purchased from many places, and once you’ve found an online store that sells many different teas, you can try other teas too. It’s worth getting a good quality tea, especially if you are drinking it for the health benefits.

Depending on the supplier’s recommendations, you can assume that you’ll use around teaspoon of tea per cup of water.

2. Teapot

A glass or steel teapot is ideal for making green tea in. This will give the tea and water plenty of room to infuse. Alternatively you might want to use a coffee cafétière if you are just making one cup of tea.

3. Thermometer

You’ll need a thermometer to make sure that the water you use is at the right temperature for green tea. It needs to be around 80-85ºC, so not boiling. If boiling water is used, then the tea will be burnt, and so taste bitter, and not nice to drink.

4. Timer

A timer is used so that you can make sure that the tea is brewed for the right length of time. You could use a kitchen timer or a stopwatch. Around 2 – 2½ minutes is all it takes to steep green tea. If it is left for longer then it won’t taste as it should do.

5. Tea Strainer

A tea strainer is used so that the tea leaves are kept out of the cup when you pour the tea into a cup. You might prefer to use a metal ball that goes in the tea pot, to infuse the tea. This means that the tea is kept in one place so that you don’t need to use a strainer.

Alternatively, if you want to take all the hassle out of making green tea, you could use a Tea Machine. All you need to do is to tell it what sort of tea you are using, and the tea machine does the rest, so that you have the perfect cup of tea every time. You don’t need to worry about water temperatures or steeping times. If you drink a lot of green tea, or drink different teas, then this machine could prove to be invaluable, so that every cup of tea you make will taste just like it should do.

Learn How to Brew Perfect Green Tea

With the increased research and interest in tea, consumers want to know how you can brew perfect green tea. Brewing excellent tasting green tea can definitely be a challenge. Is it possible to have a great result every time? The short answer is yes!

Whether you are new to the world of this popular beverage or a long time fan, it quickly becomes clear that there are several types of tea and hundreds of blends. You also learn that not all blends are brewed the same way; this is especially true of green tea.

To brew perfect green tea, you must start with high quality leaves and quality water. The actual brewing process requires a specific temperature and the correct steeping time for your preferred strength. This, of course, can all be done manually. After some trial and error, you may brew perfect beverage. For many tea drinkers, the process can be frustrating and expensive if you have frequent failures.

I have discovered an amazing solution. The Zarafina Tea Maker is ideal for anyone that enjoys tea on a regular basis. It eliminates the guess work and certainly reduces frustration. It features settings for the type of tea as well as the preferred strength. Simply add the tea (loose or bagged) and water; adjust the settings and prepare to enjoy perfect tea.

While you sit back and relax as you wait, Zarafina maintains the right temperature and correct steeping time. When the tea has reached perfection, it automatically dispenses into the included ceramic teapot. This is the best tea maker for any type of tea but really makes it easy to brew the perfect cup of green tea.

Research has confirmed the elevated levels of antioxidants in green tea. These antioxidants are believed to fight cancer, heart disease and a long list of other health problems. These potential health benefits are motivators for learning how to make it tasty. As I researched the health benefits, it became clear that these benefits are only possible with regular consumption of this great drink.

After several failed attempts and total frustration (not to mention the cost of wasted tea), I started my quest for a better way. This led me to the Zarafina Tea Maker. Although it may be considered pricey by some, in the final analysis it is worth every penny. No more wasted tea because of brewing mistakes and it is easy to brew a pot every day. It really is an investment in health care.

Learn more about this amazing tea maker and explore some specialty green teas.