The difference between the teas comes in when the tea leaves are put through different processing systems. What's different about green tea is that the tea leaves are unoxidized.
Like with any tea, making the perfect cup of green tea is an art. The most important thing about brewing green tea is getting the temperature and timing right. Specific temperatures are required to lure the tea leaves' delectable catechins, tannins, amino acids, and volatiles. How you brew your tea can be the difference between a bland cup of tea and a genuine taste sensation.
That said, armed with the correct information and a good brewing technique, a great cup of green tea is possible. Follow our simple instructions below.
Step-by-step brewing guide.
The perfect brewing temperature of green tea is 70°C. If you don't have a variable temperature kettle, boil the water and let it cool for around 2 minutes and 30 seconds. If the water is boiling, it may ruin the flavor of the tea. If you're a convert there are some excellent temperature controlled kettles available on our site.
Pour around 300 ml of water into the teapot.
Don't add too many tea leaves in an attempt for more flavor. 2 grams of loose green tea leaves per 150 ml of water is ideal for a single serving. If you have a large pot and like your tea a little stronger, add one extra teaspoon to the total amount for a bit of a strength boost.
Let the tea leaves steep for around 1 to 2 minutes for the first infusion, and then shorter infusions after that.
Place a tea leaf strainer over your cup and pour the green tea. Discard the leftover tea leaves and savor your delectable cup of green tea. Some green teas are best served "as is," while others are more flavorful with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice or honey.