The thousand-year-old art of making green tea is not for the faint-hearted to attempt. There are temperatures, exact times and ingredients that must all be fastidiously adhered to in order to achieve the perfect cup of tea. If any element of the process is not completed to exacting specifications this delicate drink will be rendered bitter and undrinkable.
So, let’s dive in with the 4-step process to producing the perfect cup of green tea.
STEP #1: The tea leaves Quality of green tea leaf is not only a determinate of flavour, but of how much water you should be using in your steeping process. If your ratios are off then the resulting liquid will either be bitter or flavourless, neither of which are desirable.
STEP #2: The water Please do not make the mistake of believing that you can use any old water to make the perfect cup of green tea. Water quality is essential to the flavour you will draw from your green tea leaves. Do not use tap water, hard water or distilled water. Bottled spring water is by far the best option as it is softer with fewer minerals to interfere with the tea’s flavour.
STEP #3: Water temperature DO NOT ADD BOILING WATER. If your water is too hot your leaves will be assured to produce a bitter end result and nobody wants that. Correct water temperature must be achieved within a fairly narrow range and this range differs depending on the variety of green tea you are using – ranging from 40-60oC to 90-95oC.
STEP #4: Steeping Once again the time it takes for the water and tea leaves to work their magic depends largely on the leaves you are using. For some it as quick as one minute, for others it may be 3 minutes, but you must get your timing absolutely right or, as you know now, the result may be a bitter undrinkable liquid. Then of course you need to repeat the process of steeping several times over, each for 30-90 seconds.
Now your tea is ready, but you are not yet finished I’m afraid because not only is your selection of the perfect tea cup important (apparently standard Western tea cups are not suitable), and use of the right teapot to allow the leaves to open fully during steeping, but the art of pouring is something you must master as well. You must not swirl the tea or pour it too quickly, and any tea left in the teapot must be discarded as it will continue to steep and become increasingly bitter.
NOW FORGET THE 4 STEPS
Of course, there is something to be said for taking your time over making your tea, following an ancient ritual handed down through the generations, showing the leaves the respect they deserve. Or, you could just forget about all that faff and complexity and prioritise relaxation and actually enjoying your tea. Innova Green’s green tea sachets cut through all the time-consuming effort, giving you instant green tea wherever you are. Simply tear open the sachet, add to hot or cold water, and drink. It’s that easy.
Innova Green’s green tea sachets are for anyone who loves green tea, but also values their own time.