The Ultimate Guide to Brewing Green Tea

Grandpa style Brewing:Simplicity at its Finest

This method, popular in China, is the epitome of laid-back brewing. Simply toss loose-leaf tea directly into your cup, pour hot water over it, and let it steep. This allows the tea to unfold gradually, revealing its subtle nuances over time.

Water Temperature: The Golden Key

The key to unlocking the perfect green tea lies in the water temperature. Different varieties thrive at different warmth levels:

  • Sencha and Gyokuro: 70-80°C (158-176°F) – Aim for cooler temperatures to extract the tea’s sweetness and grassy notes.
  • Dragonwell: 80-85°C (176-185°F) – Slightly warmer water helps release Dragonwell’s complex floral and toasty aromas.
  • Matcha: 75-80°C (167-176°F) – Use just below boiling water to avoid bitterness and preserve Matcha’s vibrant green color.

Steeping Time: A Balancing Act

Like Goldilocks, finding the “just right” steeping time is crucial. Over-steeping leads to bitterness, while under-steeping leaves you with a weak brew. Here’s a general guide:

  • Delicate teas (Sencha, Gyokuro): 1-2 minutes
  • Medium teas (Dragonwell): 2-3 minutes
  • Robust teas (Gunpowder): 3-4 minutes

Remember, these are just starting points! Feel free to adjust the steeping time based on your taste preference and the specific tea you’re using.