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How to: Make the Perfect Cup of Green Tea


Lately, I've been drinking green tea every morning and I've been feeling wonderful.  I love the light, fresh, earthy taste.  And my sensitive stomach definitely prefers it over coffee.  I've started buying tea in the bulk section of the health food store because it is way more affordable than boxed tea and way more fun to make :)  Interested in learning how to make the perfect cup of green tea?  Well, here we go!

1.  Check out your local health food store, natural foods store, or just your local super market.  
Some stores offer loose tea available for you to scoop and take home with you. You'll find tea strainers nearby too.

 2.  I usually put two pinch fulls of the loose tea in my tea strainer.  You don't need a ton of get a great flavor.  Put the strainer with the tea in it in your cup and pour your hot water over it.
3.  The ideal temperature for brewing is between 140 degrees F. and 185 degrees F.  The hotter the water, the more likely it is that your tea will have that yucky bitter taste.

4.  The ideal time to steep green tea is 2-3 minutes, but sometimes I let it steep for up to 5 mins if I'm not keeping a close watch.

5.  Your green tea is ready!  Drink it at your leisure.  And you can reuse your strainer full of tea again if you feel like having a second cup soon after your first!

Question:  Would you guys like me to do more how-to demos?

22 comments:

chantal_tilly said...

Defo do more of these love :-) I found this entry really interesting, especially as my mum is really into green tea at the moment!

I will be going to find some loose tea leaves now xxx

brittany said...

I would! I enjoyed this.. I'm craving green tea now.

mary said...

THANK YOU for posting about something i've always wondered about. i love tea, and am acquiring a taste for the green stuff. the water temperature helped me figure out what i was doing wrong. I'm so glad I found your blog! Have a lovely day!

sarah nicole said...

This is a great post! Too often I get the water too hot, or over steep.

xo,

Sarah

Ruzu said...

thanks for the advice!! I am a tea lover, sometimes I like to drink the english breakfeast tea, but sencha green tea it's wonderful, I recomend you, it is from Japan. :)

take care

Alli (One Pearl Button) said...

Mmmm...I am a tea fiend. I drink it most mornings and every afternoon. Somehow it feels more indulgent to me than coffee, like every cup is a luxury. Love it.

Barb said...

i'd love to see more posts like this... your photos are both beautiful AND informative!

Grace said...

Love this post. And would def love to see some more how-to demos.

paperpocket said...

I love green tea, but when I first tried it I assumed it was caffeine free and drank 6 or 7 cups in a short space of time and thought to myself, wow I feel really energised!

It does make you feel great though, much better than coffee. I've been using pre-bagged tea but I'll go find a strainer and some loose tea now I know how to make it properly. Thank you!

H e a t h e r G r e y said...

Love this. I drink tea constantly, wish it looked this pretty all the time. <3

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Reigrüche Studio said...

<3 this post! I also drink green tea in place of coffee (life-long stomach issues), and ever since my father-in-law introduced me to loose leaf high mountain tea from Taiwan I've been hooked! It's also pretty good in a pitcher served as iced tea in the summer :)

Rania said...

I love this how-to post! Definitely do more. I've always wanted to try drinking green tea regularly rather than just when I'm sick, so I'll consider getting some. Thanks!

Kacie @ A Collection of Passions said...

I've become a major tea drinker since I was pregnant. Love this.

Kacie
A Collection of Passions

Marisa said...

I didn't realize my tea was bitter because the water was too hot! Thanks for sharing!

i-zilla said...

this actually looks fun! it would be neat to experiment with different flavors (and create some of your own). i'll have to try buying loose leaf tea. i've never done it before!

Danielle said...

Daaaaamn that is a cute electric kettle.

rosieposie said...

i love green tea! and loose leaf is *always* better than teabags! x

Alexandra said...

Also, for those interested, bobbing your tea strainer or bag releases more acid into your tea, making it more bitter.

I'm so glad you got the tea strainer when we were at Briar Patch! Now you need to get lots of mason jars to fill with teas from around the world!

KristinChaos said...

I am living in north east India right now, the tea capital! I have been drinking loose leaf tea like it's water and there is nothing better! A lot of people are unsure of how to steep green tea, so glad you're spreading the knowledge!

Vanessa said...

My stomach is super sensitive to coffee and energy drinks,too, so tea is my go-to for a pick me up. I bought some darjeeling tea at our grocery store and it's delicious! A little more robust flavor than ordinary green. You should try it some time!

Sweet Harvest Moon said...

I love green tea too! (i'm actually drinking it right now hehe)

Lindsay Overbey said...

I did a post on tea recently too: http://dailydoily.typepad.com/peaceloveandcupcakes/2011/08/heavenly-tea.html I LOVE it! :) I'm glad it's getting cooler outside...perfect time for tea.