Green tea is rich in antioxidants and studies have recently shown the health benefits of green tea such as how it may help prevent cancer and aid in the reduction of body weight by slowing the growth of new fat cells while increasing metabolism to burn existing fat. Green tea is also thought to lower blood sugar levels, aid digestion, prevent cavities and slow the signs of aging. Green tea can be purchased as a loose tea or in tea bags. You can also purchase organically grown green tea.
Things You Will Need
Tea infuser (ball or cup shaped), Water thermometer
The first step is the selection of a good quality green tea. Purchasing an organically grown tea will help to eliminate potentially toxic chemicals and other pollutants that may be present in teas grown by other means. Green tea comes from the same plants as white tea and black tea. The difference is in the processing. Green tea is made from mature leaves that are withered and then processed while white tea is picked when the tea leaves are premature and then steamed and dried. Always try to find the freshest tea available. Usually specialty tea stores and online sources are your best bet.
The second step is to bring the water to the correct temperature. The recommended brewing temperature varies by type of tea. Green tea is delicate and needs to be brewed at a lower temperature than most teas. Water temperatures range from 160 F to 175 F for green tea to 208 F for most herbal teas. The water the tea is brewed in also makes a difference. Purified and natural spring water is preferred over tap water but artesian spring water is considered the best.
Proper preparation is the next step in brewing a perfect cup of green tea. I recommend using loose green tea as opposed to a teabag. Taste bud sensitivity varies but many people say that they can actually taste the paper from the teabag. Place 1 teaspoon of tea for each 8 ounces of water into a tea infuser if you are making hot tea and 2 teaspoons for each 8 ounces of water for iced tea. Tea is best when it can move about freely in the infusion tea ball. Use a tea ball that has ample room to allow water circulation though the tea while brewing.
The next step is to pour the properly heated water into the tea pot and place the tea infuser into the water for actual brewing. As mentioned above, green tea is a delicate tea and therefore should be brewed at a lower temperature and it should be brewed a shorter time period than most other types of tea. The recommended brewing time is 45 seconds to 2 minuets. If the tea is not strong enough, add more tea as opposed to increasing the brewing time. Keep in mind that the tea can be used more than once with different resulting brews. If you are not going to brew another cup the same day, simply drain the excess water and refrigerate for up to 24 hours.
Tea popularity has increase over the past few years. One reason for this is the new found health benefits. Green tea is rich in antioxidants which provide benefits for a number of health problems.
Tips & Warnings
Always store your tea in an air tight container in a cool, dry place away from heat sources and sun light. It is not recommended to store tea in your refrigerator.