About Green Tea
How to brew green tea, brought to you by Smith Teamaker.
Green Tea Brew Instructions
You’ll need a method to heat the water in a kettle, electric or stovetop, a teapot or vessel in which to brew and the tea. A timer is also very helpful to not over-steep the tea more than three minutes. Use our timer here.
- We recommend bringing freshly filtered water to about 180 or 190 degrees. Without a thermometer, this can be achieved by letting boiling water cool for about 2 minutes.
- For greens, whites, and oolongs, you want to bring the tea to water. In other words, pour the hot water into the brewing vessel and then add the tea to the water. This method allows for a more delicate experience without extracting the bitter notes from the leaves.
- After 3 minutes, remove and discard the sachet. If brewing loose leaf tea, remove the infusor or pour the water and leaves through a strainer.
- Take care to sip from the side of the cup nearest your mouth. Otherwise, you may spill in your lap.
Tea in a Pot
When making a pot of tea, follow the same instructions as above, and use about one sachet or one teaspoon of tea and 8 ounces of water for each cup. For a large teapot, you may want to add an extra sachet or teaspoon to maintain a strong cup, as per the old adage of "one for the cup and one for the pot."
The Most Personal Beverage
Here at Smith Teamaker, we believe strongly in making tea a personal experience. The instructions and guidelines above are simply recommendations. You may find that you enjoy a much shorter extraction. The beauty is being able to control that experience, and removing the leaf from the water at your choosing to create something you like. Have fun and keep experimenting and adjusting so eventually, you can easily become your own tea master.