This is how your green tea becomes a pleasure
Especially in Japan, tea is an integral part of the culture. In traditional tea ceremonies, the tea is carefully and artfully prepared there. Every cup is a real experience. Green tea is particularly important there. Here we reveal how you can prepare your green tea correctly.
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Variety of varieties
More than 1500 different types of green tea are known worldwide. The most popular include Sencha, Bancha, Kabusecha, Tamaryokucha, Tencha and Gyokuro. These varieties are usually made the Japanese way. In general, there are two different ways to properly prepare green tea: Japanese and Chinese. In the Japanese method, the tea leaves are steamed. The process is gentle, but at the same time very time-consuming. That is why green tea, which was made using the Japanese method, is considered to be of very high quality. In the Chinese process, the tea leaves are roasted in a pan.
How to properly prepare green tea
There are a few important points to keep in mind if you want to properly prepare green tea. Otherwise the tea tastes bitter quickly, too watery or important ingredients are lost.
Amount of tea
The amount of tea you use for your green tea is of course very individual and a matter of taste. As a guideline, however, one could say that one teaspoon of tea leaves is sufficient for one cup of tea. It is best to use three to four teaspoons of the leaves for one liter of water. The higher quality the green tea, the more tea leaves and the less water you can use.
The tea water
The right water temperature is another important point so that you can enjoy a delicious green tea. To do this, boil the water as usual with the kettle until it boils. Then wait about five minutes for the water to cool down to 60 to 80 degrees Celsius. If you were to use hotter water, important ingredients of the tea would be lost and the green tea would taste bitter.
The water quality also plays a decisive role. As a rule, you cannot use tap water because it is relatively hard, i.e. calcareous. It is best to filter the water, for example with the Brita water filter or use still water from the bottle. However, you should make sure that the water is not additionally enriched with minerals. Carbonated water is not suitable for making tea.
The brewing time depends on personal taste. We recommend letting the tea steep for one to two minutes. This gives it a balanced and harmonious aroma. Gaba tea, for example, is an exception. With it, the brewing time is only 30 seconds. Green tea shouldn’t steep for longer than three minutes, otherwise it will become bitter.
One of the main features of green tea is that it can be infused several times. However, you have to change the water temperature and the steeping time slightly. During the first infusion, the water temperature is 60 to 80 degrees Celsius and the steeping time is a maximum of two minutes. With the second infusion, you can enjoy your tea after just one minute, the tea water should then be around 80 degrees. However, not too much time should pass between the infusions, because the tea leaves must not dry out under any circumstances.
The right teapot
The vessel in which the green tea is prepared also plays an important role. The Japanese traditionally use so-called “Kyusus” made of clay. For the house, you can either use a cast iron, porcelain or glass teapot. The advantage here is that these pots usually have an integrated sieve in which the tea can draw optimally. Because green tea in particular takes up a lot of space to optimally develop its aromatic substances. The cast iron pots often have a metal sieve, which is particularly suitable for coarser teas. You don’t have to be afraid of rust: these jugs are sealed on the inside with enamel, which prevents rusting. The cast iron teapots are also a real eye-catcher and keep the tea warm for a long time.
Pot made of clay
A clay teapot with an integrated ceramic tea strainer is still ideal. This is where the aromas unfold best. In general, you should make sure that you always prepare the green tea in the same teapot and that you do not brew any other types of tea there. In addition, it is quite sufficient to clean the teapot with hot water. Under no circumstances should you use detergent, as possible residues will adulterate the taste.
Preparing green tea properly is not that difficult with a few tips. You should pay particular attention to the amount of tea, the tea water and the brewing time. If these parameters are right, nothing stands in the way of harmonious tea enjoyment. You are welcome to vary something there and play with different types of green teas in order to achieve the best enjoyment for you personally. The imagination knows no limits.