Green tea can be both delicate and delicious and inedible that it is bitter. To make a perfect green tea at home, invest in good quality tea bags, loose leaves or soluble matcha. Whichever method you choose, always use fresh water at the right temperature and don't let the tea steep for too long. Green tea is delicious on its own or flavored with honey and lemon.
green tea bags
- 1 green tea bag.
- 1 cup of water.
- Lemon or honey (optional).
Makes 1 cup of tea.
loose leaf tea
- 3/4 cup of water.
- 1 teaspoon of green tea leaves.
Make a cup of tea.
- 1 ½ teaspoons of soluble matcha green tea flavor.
- 1/4 cup of water.
Makes 1 small cup of tea.
Method 1 of 3: Infusing sachets
Step 1. Boil the water and let it cool to 80°C
Bring the water to a boil on the stove or in an electric kettle. Turn off the heat and uncover the kettle so the water cools down more quickly. Wait about five minutes, or until the water reaches 80 °C.
Boiling water can burn green tea, leaving it with an unpleasant bitter taste
Step 2. Place a tea bag in the cup
It is essential that you preserve the ratio of one teabag to each cup of water. To make more cups of tea, place two or three teabags in a kettle. This will allow you to add more water to the infusion.
If you have time, heat the cup before making the tea. Just fill it with hot water and let it soak for 30 seconds. Then just throw the water away
Step 3. Pour a cup of hot water over the tea bag
Carefully pour the 80°C water into the cup. Cover the cup with a saucer or small plate to prevent the steam from escaping.
Step 4. Leave the tea to steep for two to three minutes
If you prefer a milder and more delicate flavor, take the bag out of the water after two minutes. For a stronger, more rustic flavor, extend the brewing time to three minutes.
Do not let the tea steep for more than four minutes. The drink will end up being bitter
Step 5. Take the bag out of the water and enjoy the green tea
Lift the tea bag and let the excess drip into the cup. Separate the bag for reuse or throw it away. Enjoy hot green tea pure or with a little honey or lemon.
Avoid squeezing the bag so as not to loosen components that could make the drink bitter
If you are using high quality tea, you can use the bag to make a cup.
Method 2 of 3: Making Loose Leaf Tea
Step 1. Heat the water to 80°C
Bring the water to a boil on the stove or in an electric kettle and turn off the heat. Allow to cool for five minutes until the temperature reaches around 80 °C.
Always start with water that has not been boiled before. Thus, the leaves will open more during the infusion
Step 2. Place a teaspoon of loose green tea leaves into a kettle
Measure the leaves with a measuring spoon or a kitchen scale. A teaspoon should weigh around 2 g. Place the leaves in the kettle or, if possible, in an infusion basket.
If you have time, heat the kettle with hot water. Then discard the water and place the leaves in the bottom of the kettle
For stronger tea, use a whole tablespoon of loose leaves.
Step 3. Pour ¾ cup of hot water over the leaves
The leaves will start to open due to the heat of the water. If the kettle has a lid, close it to hold the steam.
You can also cover the kettle with a saucer to contain the steam
Step 4. Leave the tea to steep for one to two minutes
Set a timer for one minute and taste the tea with a spoon. Stop the infusion if you like the taste. Otherwise, soak the leaves in water until the drink is strong enough for you.
Reduce brewing time if using a tablespoon of tea. Taste the tea every ten seconds until it tastes good
Step 5. Remove the basket or sift the tea and enjoy
Take the basket out of the kettle and let the excess drain. If your kettle does not have a basket, place a strainer over a cup of tea and pour the beverage into it. Taste hot.
- Add a little lemon juice or honey to the tea to enhance the flavor.
- Save the sheets and reuse them once or twice more. Keep in mind, however, that each cup will require a longer brewing time as the leaves will already be open.
Method 3 of 3: Making a Tea with Soluble Matcha
Step 1. Place a fine sieve over a matcha bowl
If you don't have a matcha bowl, also known as a matcha-chawan, use a small cup or small kitchen bowl. Just don't forget that the container must be heat resistant.
You can also heat the pot so that the tea doesn't get cold when it comes into contact with it. To do this, fill it with hot water and let it soak for 30 seconds. Then throw the water away
Step 2. Sift a tablespoon and a half of soluble matcha into the bowl
Put the recommended amount of tea into the strainer and press down with the back of a spoon to sift the powder into the bowl.
The sifted matcha will look like a bright green powder
Step 3. Bring the water to a boil and let it cool until it reaches between 80 °C and 90 °C
Since mathca doesn't require a large amount of water, just boil a cup of water on the stove or in an electric kettle. After the water boils, remove it from the heat and let it cool for a minute.
Use fresh, pure water that has not been boiled before to get the most out of the green tea flavor
Did you know?
Boiling water can burn soluble matcha.
Step 4. Pour ¼ cup of hot water into the bowl
Slowly pour the water between 80 °C and 90 °C over the matcha into the bowl.
The powder will start to dissolve as soon as it comes into contact with hot water
To make matcha with milk, dissolve the powder in a teaspoon of boiling water. Then add half a cup of steamed milk.
Step 5. Stir for 20 to 60 seconds to make green tea
With a bamboo fouet (or chasen), mix the powder with the water. Keep your wrist loose and whisk the tea in a circular motion to make a lighter tea. If you prefer a thicker, foamy tea, quickly whisk back and forth.
To make a light, smooth tea, whisk for about 20 seconds. To make a little foam on the surface of the tea, beat for approximately one minute
Step 6. Drink the tea while it is still hot
You can taste the tea directly from the small bowl used to prepare it. The powder will sink into the container if the tea is left standing for too long, so enjoy it as soon as you are finished whisking.