Brewing green tea process might be a little complicated but using the proper technique will fully attain the best taste and flavor of Japanese Green tea.
Let’s learn how to brew the perfect cup of Japanese green tea and make your teatime more enjoyable!
Green Tea comes in many different varieties such as Sencha, Houjicha, Matcha, Genmaicha and so on. In choosing your favorite green tea, make sure to match your feelings. Make sure that green tea leaves’ condition, colors and aroma are suitable for you. The shape of green tea leaves is varied so touch them, feel them, smell them and then pick your favorite one.
In order to brew flavorful green tea, it is important to choose the right tea pot (Kyusu) and tea cup (Yunomi). Tea ware comes in many different varieties, just like green tea leaves. In choosing your tea ware, keep in mind the flavor may be affected depending on the tea ware you choose even if you use the same tea leaves. You may also be able to visually enjoy tea ware as many have artistic value.
When brewing green tea, it is recommended to use soft water. Tap water in Japan is acceptable for brewing green tea, however it is better to boil tap water for 3~5 minutes to remove chlorine scent of tap water which would affect the tea flavor. Water plays an important factor to enjoy the excellent flavor of Japanese green tea.
Water temperature vary depending on the individual types of tea. The temperature of the water and waiting time affect your taste preference. Sometimes it is better to brew the water at a low temperature to enhance the sweetness and avoid any bitter taste. On the other hand, when you wish to enjoy tanin flavor, it is better to brew with high temperature water.
To adjust water temperature, pour boiling water into teacup or water cooler (Yuzamashi) first, then pour the water into tea pot along with green tea leaves.
To fully enjoy the roasted full flavor aroma of Houji-cha, it is better to brew Houji-cha with boiling water and wait about 30 seconds. Houji-cha contains fewer caffeine so everyone including children and elderly person will be able to enjoy it.
(For 3 people)