How to Brew Tasty Japanese Green Tea

 

Art of brewing Japanese Green Tea

Japanese green tea can be brewed in many number of ways. In this article, we will go over the Simple Way and the Advanced Way for brewing tasty green tea. The Simple way is how most Japanese people consume green tea every day; the Advanced Way is what is being followed by professional green tea producers who recommends the best approach for brewing the most tasty Japanese green tea.

We recommend to start with the simple way, and enjoy the approach for the Advance Way after trying out simple ways to appreciate the difference in taste and aroma that it brings.

How to Brew Tasty Japanese Green Tea - The Simple Way

This approach does not require any special equipment such as tea pot. You can use any type of mesh strainer to filter the green tea.

  1. Dissolve 2 teaspoon of powder into 8 Oz of hot water. We recommend about 175°F for most common green tea.

    Please note that our product page has different recommended temperature based on type of tea between 175°F- 185°F; however, 175°F can be the most common and standard temperature that would work for any type of our green tea.

    Steeping Guide on JapaneseGreenTeaIn.com

  2. Wait for 60-120 seconds  (Please follow steeping guide on the product for specific time based on type of tea.)

  3. Use mesh strainer to filter out the green tea leave and serve hot

How to Brew Tasty Japanese Green Tea - The Advanced Way

Fukamushi Tea Pot (Japanese Deep Steam Green Tea Pot)

 

1. Selecting the right tea pot

This approach requires a Japanese Tea Pot. There are different types of tea pots, but for our green tea which are deep steamed green tea (Fukamushi-cha), we recommend Fukamushi teapot which is made specifically for Deep Steam Green Tea. Characteristic of Fukamushi tea pot is that it has finer 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 12Oz Fukamushi Tea Pot.

If you do not have access to Fukamushi Tea Pot, you can use any type of tea pots, 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 the 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 access to water softer filtering system, use water filtered by 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 212°F for 4-5 minutes and cool down to 175°F.  By boiling water first, it removes the smell of chloride. (Please note that our product page has different recommended temperature based on type of tea between 175°F - 185°F; however, 175°F 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.

Green tea and japanese tea pot

3. Put green tea


Put one spoon of deep-steamed green tea leaves (about 1-2 teaspoon) in to the tea pot. (1-2 teaspoon is good for 2~3 people, approximately 1 teaspoon is good for 1 person )
Please adjust the amount of tea leaves according to your favor and the tea pot which is using.

 

Hot water for japanese green tea

4. Put hot water


Pour boiled water (8-10 Oz) which has cooled into the tea pot.

Trick is to fill the tea pot with 70% full of hot water. By doing so, it spreads the scent to the remaining 30 percent of the tea pot which then pours in to the tea cups.

 

Rotate the tea pot

5. Rotate tea pot


Rotate the tea pot slowly for about 60 seconds. This allows green tea to open up and soak through hot water evenly.

 

Pouring Japanese Green Tea

6. Pour green tea to cup


When pouring green tea to multiple tea cups, do not pour one by one (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 tea pot in the cup, rotate about 3-4 times between cups. This action makes each cups to taste the same.

 

Use til last drip for green tea

7. Pour until the last drop


Please pour to the last drop. The later drops tends 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.

 

Enjoy Japanese Green Tea

8. Enjoy!


Hope you enjoy our mellow and tasty Japanese Green Tea poured with traditional Japanese way.

 

How to Brew Cold Japanese Green Tea 

  1. Dissolve 3-4 teaspoon of powder into 30 Oz of cold water.  For best result, use filtered water, bottled water. Alternatively, you can boil water and let it cool down until room temperature. 

  2. Keep in refrigerator for 3 hours or more. Key point is to use longer time to disolve. This way, sweetness increases, and it does not break down theanine and vitamine C.  For best result, let it sit for overnight. 

  3. Stair the water first, then use mesh strainer to filter out the green tea leave and serve cold.  

Japanese Green Tea Cold

 

Other Points to Consider

Enjoy the Second Infusion

In Japan, it is common practice to do 2nd infusion to get 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 below steps.

  • After the infusion, open the top of the tea pot and let go the hotness inside the pot. If you don't do so, the tea leaves inside the pot get warmer and cause to reduce the taste in the 2nd infusion.

  • Follow above steps except that you want to wait for 10 seconds rather than 60 seconds after pouring hot water. Use higher temperature for the 2nd fusion.

Relationship between tea and temperature of water

When the temperature of water is high, green tea gets bitter and change the balance of the taste. So, it is important to boil water and cool it for some extent based on the bitterness you prefer.

When the temperature of water is higher than 175°F, the taste gets bitter and has more astringent.

When the temperature of water is below 140°F, the taste is less bitter.

Steeping Guide

Steeping Guide - Hot

  1. Dissolve 2 teaspoon of powder into 8 Oz of hot water. We recommend about 175°F for most common green tea.

    Please note that our product page has different recommended temperature based on type of tea between 175°F- 185°F; however, 175°F can be the most common and standard temperature that would work for any type of our green tea.

    Steeping Guide on JapaneseGreenTeaIn.com

  2. Wait for 60-120 seconds  (Please follow steeping guide on the product for specific time based on type of tea.)

  3. Use mesh strainer to filter out the green tea leave and serve hot

Steeping Guide - Cold

  1. Dissolve 3-4 teaspoon of powder into 30 Oz of cold water.  For best result, use filtered water, bottled water. Alternatively, you can boil water and let it cool down until room temperature. 

  2. Keep in refrigerator for 3 hours or more. Key point is to use longer time to disolve. This way, sweetness increases, and it does not break down theanine and vitamine C.  For best result, let it sit for overnight. 

  3. Stair the water first, then use mesh strainer to filter out the green tea leave and serve cold.