Green Tea: Brewing

Green Tea: Brewing

Bill Hunt

Due to its high tannin levels, the brewing process for green tea is fairly precise.

Notes

If you’re using a Gaiwan or Yixing teapot, you may want to have an extra container to pour the brewed tea into.

Ingredients

  • 6 ounces spring water
  • 1 tablespoon green tea

Directions

1.  Heat your water to the desired temperature. 

2. While this is heating, set your timer to the prescribed brewing time, and place your tea into your brewing container.

3. Once the water is hot, fill your cups to begin warming them up.

4. Pour a small amount of water into your brewing container over your tea, and swirl it around for about 5 seconds.  This serves two purposes: it raises the temperature of the container to the temperature of the water, and it rinses any dust or small pieces off of the tea.  Immediately pour out and dispose of the rinse water.

5. Next, start your timer and quickly fill your container again with hot water, all the way up this time.

6. As soon as the timer goes off, pour out the water you’ve left in your cups, and then immediately pour your tea into the cups (or an additional container).  If using a strainer basket, you may simply remove the basket.

7. Drink and enjoy!

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
2g
3%
Sugar
1g
1%
Carbohydrate, by difference
34g
26%
Protein
4g
9%
Vitamin A, RAE
218µg
31%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
201mg
100%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
1µg
1%
Calcium, Ca
135mg
14%
Choline, total
8mg
2%
Fiber, total dietary
3g
12%
Folate, total
74µg
19%
Iron, Fe
10mg
56%
Magnesium, Mg
44mg
14%
Manganese, Mn
1mg
56%
Niacin
5mg
36%
Pantothenic acid
1mg
20%
Phosphorus, P
130mg
19%
Selenium, Se
8µg
15%
Sodium, Na
82mg
5%
Water
142g
5%
Zinc, Zn
1mg
13%

Green Tea Shopping Tip

Look for high-quality green teas in Asian markets or specialty tea stores. Loose-leaf blends tend to be higher quality than grocery store brands.

Green Tea Cooking Tip

Most green teas require a lower temperature water than black teas, which typically require boiling water. Invest in a thermometer to ensure that the water you use on delicate green tea is the right temperature.