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Green tea preparation is different than that of black tea that we make at home. You need to follow some simple steps. While making green tea, do keep in mind that if the tea leaves are steeped in water that’s over 80-85°C, the tea will become bitter. So, steep it in water that’s not too hot. Here are the steps for green tea brewing with leaves.
What You Need:
- FRESH Green tea leaves – the basic quantity would be 1 teaspoon for 1 cup of green tea.
- A washed and dried tea strainer.
- A cup
- A preferably a China Teapot
- 1 cup of water
Take one teaspoon of green tea leaves. If you want to make more than a cup of green tea, take 1 teaspoon of green tea leaves for each cup.
Now, take the tea leaves in a strainer/sieve and keep aside.
Now, take a tea pot and the water. If you want to use a glass teapot instead, go ahead. The ideal temperature for green tea is 80°C to 85°C, so keep an eye on the water to make sure it’s not boiling. If it starts boiling anyway, just switch off the gas/heat and let it cool for a bit (say, for 30-45 seconds).
Now, place the sieve/ strainer over the cup or mug.
Next, pour the hot water into the cup and let the tea steep for 2 minutes. This is the step where we need to be very careful. Not everyone likes their tea strong, so, to check whether the tea is just right, keep a spoon handy and drink a spoonful of tea every 30-45 seconds to find out if the flavor is right for you.
Now, take out the sieve and keep it aside. If you want, you may add 1 teaspoon honey.
Stir the honey in and let the drink cool for a few seconds. Enjoy your cup of green tea.