Japanese green tea can be brewed in different ways. In this post, we will go over the Simple Way and the Advanced Way for brewing tasty green tea.
The Simple way is how most Japanese consume green tea every day; the Advanced Way is what is being followed by professional green tea producers who recommend the best approach for brewing the tastiest Japanese green tea.
We recommend that you start with the Simple way to enjoy the approach for the Advance Way. after trying out simple ways to appreciate the difference in taste and aroma that it brings.
No special equipment like a teapot is needed for this method. You can use any mesh strainer to filter the green tea.
1. Selecting the right teapot
This approach requires a Japanese Tea Pot. There are different types of teapots, but for our green tea which is deep steamed green tea (Fukamushi-cha), we recommend Fukamushi teapot which is explicitly made for Deep Steam Green Tea. Characteristic of Fukamushi teapot is that it has a more beautiful mesh to be able to capture finer tea leaves as Fukamushi tea usually contains finer tea leaves than other types of green tea.
The picture shown is 350 ml Fukamushi Tea Pot.
If you do not have access to Fukamushi Tea Pot, you can use any type of teapots, but try to find ones with finer mesh.
2. Selecting and boiling water the right way
Water is essential when brewing green tea. It is best to use soft water with less mineral to get the best result. Hard water with mineral breaks down elements in green tea which breaks the taste.
If you have any access to the water softer filtering system, use them. If using bottled water, do not use the ones with "Added Mineral." Evian tends to be recommended ones as they are known for soft water.
Boil water until 100°C for 4-5 minutes and cool down to 80°F. By boiling the water first, it removes the smell of chloride. (Please note that our product page has different recommended temperature based on type of tea between 80°C - 85°C; however, 80°C can be the most common and standard temperature that would work for any type of our green tea) This approach in Japanese is called "yuzamashi" which translates to "cooled-down" water.
3. Put green tea
Add a spoon of deep-steamed green tea leaves into the teapot. (1-2 teaspoon is good for 2~3 people, approximately one teaspoon is good for one person)
Please add the number of tea leaves according to your favor and the teapot in use.
4. Put hot water
Turn some cooled boiled water (250 - 300 ml) into the teapot.
5. Rotate teapot
Rotate the teapot slowly for about 60 seconds. This allows green tea to open up and soak hot the water evenly.
6. Pour green tea to the cup
When pouring green tea into many teacups, do not pour one after the other (cup 1-> cup 2-> cup 3). By doing so, green tea in cup1 is lighter than cup 3 since the darker element of green tea tends to sit at the bottom of the tea.
Pour little by little by rotating each cup. (cup 1->cup 2-> cup 3-> cup 1-> cup 2-> cup 3). For 370cc teapot in the cup, rotate about 3-4 times between cups. This action makes each cup to taste the same.
7. Pour until the last drop
Pour in, to the last drop. The bottom drops tend to be darker in color. The last drops have the most amount of aroma and elements, so you do not want to miss out on the best part
Hope you enjoy sweet, and tasty Japanese Green Tea served in the traditional Japanese way.
In Japan, it is common practice to do 2nd infusion to get a 2nd cup. You can use the same green tea after pouring the first cup and infuse one more time. The first infusion is called "Issenme", the second infusion is called "Nissenme". In order to get tastier 2nd infusion follow steps.
When the temperature of the water is high, green tea gets bitter and change the balance of the taste. So, it is important to boil water and cool it to some extent based on the bitterness you prefer.
When the temperature of the water is higher than 80°C, the taste gets bitter and has more astringent.
When the temperature of the water is below 60°F, the taste is less bitter.
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