HOW TO BREW GREEN TEA

Green tea is light and refreshing to drink. It can, however, be easy to over-brew green tea. Follow the guides below and you will always make that perfect cup of our beautiful, Australian grown green tea blends :)

1. PREPARE HOT WATER (AT RIGHT TEMPERATURE)

Unlike other teas, green tea does not like boiling water. Water at boiling temperature will scald the tea leaves and strip away its sweet, umami flavour while increasing its bitterness (as more tannins are released). Depending on the blend, green tea needs water temperature between 70C and 90C to brew perfectly. Simply boil some water and let it cool to the ideal temperature for each tea type using our time guide below:

SENCHA & KARIGANE

SINCHA

HOUJICHA

GENMAICHA

WATER

TEMPERATURE (CELSIUS)

80C

70C

90C

90C

WAIT TIME AFTER BOILING

10 min

15 min

5 min

5 min

2. BREW TEA

You can brew the green tea in a teapot or directly in your tea cup using a mesh strainer (preferably one that reaches deep into the cup). A good ratio of tea leaves to use is 2-3g (2-3 teaspoons) per 1 standard cup of hot water (about 240ml). If you are using a mug or a teapot, use about 4-6g of tea leaves (4-6 teaspoons). You can use more if you prefer a stronger flavour. Brew the tea leaves for 1½ - 2 minutes to prevent the tea from becoming bitter. For our Sakura Sencha, the recommended brew time is shorter at around 1 - 1½ minutes. Discard the leaves and enjoy :)

USEFUL TIP:

To maintain the ideal brewing temperature, you can warm up the teacup or teapot before brewing. Simply pour the prepared hot water into the cup/teapot and wait a minute for the cup/teapot to warm up. This will ensure that, come brewing time, it will not cause the hot water to cool down too much (and fall below the ideal brewing temperature). Once the cup/teapot is warm, discard the water or set aside for other use :)