TABLE OF CONTENTS

Tea utensils to prepare

Water for Japanese tea

Paramenters for brewing tea

Each step of the brewing

How to brew each type of tea

How to store your tea

 

 

Tea utensils to prepare

Kyusu (teapot)

Teacups

Teaspoon

Yuzamashi  (cooler pitcher)

You can use a mug if you don’t have a yuzamashi

Water suitable for Japanese tea

 Water choice for brewing tea is very important because 99% of the tea liquid is water. Soft water, which is low in pH and mineral content, or filtered water (boil for 5 min if it’s possible) is suitable with green tea so as to not destroy its delicate flavor.

Paramenters for brewing tea

Amount of tea leaves

Amount of water

Water temperature

Steeping time

Of these, the water temperature greatly affects the flavor of Japanese green tea.

That’s because, generally speaking, while black tea and oolong tea are aroma-oriented teas, the main characteristics of most of Japanese green teas can be found through their umani (savory sweetness) and sweet tastes. 

 

Lower-temperature water dissolves theanine, an amino acid contributes to umami and sweetness.

High-temperature water (above 80℃) dissolves not only theanine but also catechins and caffeine responsible for bitterness and astringency.

In addition, higher-temperature water brings out the aroma.

 

So, you want to brew at lower temperatures for the tea rich in umami and sweetness, and brew at higher temperatures for the tea with rich aroma and less umami such as black tea, oolong tea, and Hojiicha. 

 

Each step of brewing tea

The following is the standard brewing method for Sencha, the most common type of Japanese green tea. Take this as a guideline and enjoy experimenting with the different parameters to find your perfect cup of tea.

Step1

Pour boiling water from the kettle into a teacup to cool it down.

This process enables you to do the following at the same time:

  • Lower water temperature
  • Measure the amount of hot water
  • Warm up the teacup

 

Tip:
When you pour hot water from the kettle into a teacup, the temperature drops by about 10℃. Knowing this, you can adjust the temperature of the hot water without a thermometer.

Yuzamashi makes it easier to cool down the water temperature. You can use a mug cup as an alternative.

 

Step2
Place the tea leaves into the teapot.
On average, approximately 2-3g (one teaspoon) of tea leaves is used to make one cup (80m/2.7ozl) of tea.

Step3

Pour the warm water from the cup or yuzamashi over the tea leaves. The preferred water temperature is usually between 70°C-80°C (158-176°F)

Step4

Place the lid on the teapot and allow the tea leaves to steep for about one minute.

Step4

Pour the tea into the cup and enjoy your tea!

For making tea for several people, start with pouring a small amount of tea into each cup, going back and forth till all the cups are evenly full, making sure each tea tastes the same.

 

A yuzamashi (or any pitcher) makes it easier to make You pour tea from your teapot into the yuzamashi, then pour it into each cup.

 

Make sure to keep pouring till the last drop of tea. This removes the water in the teapot, allowing you to enjoy the next infusion. Also, the last drop is the so-called golden drop and it’s said to have the richest nutrients and flavor:) 

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How to brew each type of Japanese tea

Tea leaves: 2-3g (1 teaspoon)
Water: 80ml/xx oz
Temperature: 70-80℃/xx℉
Steeping time: 1min

2nd infusion
Temperature: x℃
Steeping time: 1min

Tea leaves: 2-3g (1 teaspoon)
Water: 80ml/xx oz
Temperature: 70-80℃/xx℉
Steeping time: 1min

2nd infusion
Temperature: x℃
Steeping time: 1min

Tea leaves: 2-3g (1 teaspoon)
Water: 80ml/xx oz
Temperature: 70-80℃/xx℉
Steeping time: 1min

2nd infusion
Temperature: x℃
Steeping time: 1min

Tea leaves: 2-3g (1 teaspoon)
Water: 80ml/xx oz
Temperature: 70-80℃/xx℉
Steeping time: 1min

2nd infusion
Temperature: x℃
Steeping time: 1min

Tea leaves: 2-3g (1 teaspoon)
Water: 80ml/xx oz
Temperature: 70-80℃/xx℉
Steeping time: 1min

2nd infusion
Temperature: x℃
Steeping time: 1min

Tea leaves: 2-3g (1 teaspoon)
Water: 80ml/xx oz
Temperature: 70-80℃/xx℉
Steeping time: 1min

2nd infusion
Temperature: x℃
Steeping time: 1min

Tea leaves: 2-3g (1 teaspoon)
Water: 80ml/xx oz
Temperature: 70-80℃/xx℉
Steeping time: 1min

2nd infusion
Temperature: x℃
Steeping time: 1min

Tea leaves: 2-3g (1 teaspoon)
Water: 80ml/xx oz
Temperature: 70-80℃/xx℉
Steeping time: 1min

2nd infusion
Temperature: x℃
Steeping time: 1min

How to store your tea

Tea leaves are sensitive to:

    • Oxygen
    • Light (UV light)
    • Smell
    • Humidity
    • Heat

Once you open your tea package, store the tea in a tea caddy or an airtight zipper pouch in a dark place, keeping away from food with strong aroma.

 We recommend drinking the tea within a month of opening the package to enjoy the fresh aroma of green tea.

 

 

Our teapackaging

Our tea packaging is convenient for storing your tea; It’s made specifically for storing tea and comes with a zipper.

On the front, there is information on the tea: the tea type, cultivar, manufacture, region.

On the back, there is our brewing suggestions for the specific tea.