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How to brew green tea

There's a moment of 'aaahh' that comes with drinking green tea brewed in just the right way. Follow the steps below for a perfectly balanced cup of joy.

Step 1

Loose leaf or tea bags?  We always recommend using loose-leaf teas over tea-bags, and brewed using a large teapot. This allows the leaves more room to move around and let go of its precious flavours.

Step 2

Add one teaspoon of tea (approx 2g) for each cup.  If you prefer a stronger brew, add a little extra tea (instead of brewing for longer) as you’ll get more punch without over-brewing.

Step 3

Boil fresh, filtered water.  There’s always a temptation to re-boil water that has been sat in the kettle, but pour this away and use fresh water from the tap or filtered water.  Oxygen in the water helps to bring out the flavour of the tea, but boiling the water several times removes the oxygen and you get a flat tasting tea.  If like us, you live in a hard-water area try to use filtered water for a smoother taste to the tea (your kettle will also thank you!).

Step 4

Boil the water and let it rest for a few minutes to bring the temperature down slightly. Green teas are less processed that green teas and require a slightly cooler water at around 85C. 

Step 5

Pour over the water and let it sit for 3-4 minutes (or check the brew instructions on your tea as some, like the Dragon Tears, are different).  Stirring the water can help the leaves infuse more quickly. Try not to let the tea brew beyond 4 minutes as you'll loose some of those floral, grassy flavour notes to the more astringent and bitter tastes.  

Step 6

Remove the leaves and enjoy!

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