There are few things more refreshing than a nice cup of tea, but what if you could also get some health benefits out of the tea that you drink? There are a variety of different teas that are known to have excellent health benefits, put it is perhaps loose leaf green tea that delivers the most. It also helps that it tastes delicious too. It is possible to buy green tea in the traditional bag form, but if you want to get the most out of your beverage, we suggest that you brew your own loose leaf green tea. It’s a little bit different process than going the bag route, but you will almost certainly notice the difference once you take that first sip.
What you need to brew loose leaf green tea
Brewing loose leaf green tea is not that different from making black tea, but since they are very different products, there are some things that you need to pay attention to. The most obvious of these is the tea that you buy. Loose leaf green tea can be found in most major supermarkets, as well as in specialty tea stores, but it’s a rather delicate product that does not have a particularly long shelf life. You may be better buying from a specialty shop, as they will almost certainly have taken the steps to ensure that the tea was properly stored and sealed.
In order to avoid waste, use a pot and a cup that are suited to how much tea you will be serving in a single sitting. Loose leaf green tea is delicious, just be aware that the longer it sits in a pot, the more bitter it will usually become. If you are only planning on making a single cup for yourself, use a smaller pot that is designed to brew one or two cups only. This will ensure that you get the most out of your tea.
The loose leaf green tea brewing process
There is a very good chance that the tea you choose will come with specific brewing instructions, but if it does not, there are some general rules of thumb to follow. The temperature of the water is very important in the green tea brewing process, and you should be shooting for a temperature of between 82-89C (180-190 degrees Fahrenheit). To ensure the best flavor, use filtered water when brewing, and try not to go beyond 3 minutes of brewing time (some teas require longer times though).
Bring your water to a boil before transferring it to your tea pot. You may want to use a thermometer to gauge when the water reaches the optimum temperature for brewing. Once it does, pour the water over your tea leaves. The general rule of thumb here is to add 1 tbsp. of loose leaf green tea per 16 ounces of water, depending on how strong you want your tea.
Drink and enjoy!