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How to Brew Green Tea (Slideshow)
This classic tea has long been prized for its healing properties, and brewing a cup can be a lovely daily ritual.
Brewing green tea can take a bit of practice. Here are some simple tips for getting it right.
Start by choosing a quality loose-leaf tea variety. Japanese Sencha and Chinese Gunpowder are popular options. Check out the bulk sections at your local co-op or natural market for addition options.
For a 6-ounce cup of tea, start by measuring out 1 teaspoon of leaves.
Once your loose-leaf tea is measured out, bring filtered water to a boil on the stove or in the microwave. Prepare as much water as needed using 1 teaspoon of tea to 6 ounces of water as your ratio.
Pour measured-out tea leaves into an empty teapot or infuser. Adjust the quantity as you discover your taste preference.
Loose-leaf tea leaves are ready to have fresh, boiled water poured over them. Whether you choose tap, filtered, or spring water that hasn’t been previously boiled, heat the water to just shy of boiling — about 180 degrees F.
Pour 6 ounces of water over tea leaves.
Cover the teapot. Ideal steeping time depends on tea type and personal preference, but one to three minutes is typically recommended (if you like more bitter tea, steep longer).
Pour the tea into your favorite cup! Depending on the type of pot you use, you may need to remove the infuser or pour the tea through a strainer.
Why Green Tea?
Eastern medical practitioners have used this grassy-tasting tea as a stimulant, diuretic, astringent, and digestive aid. More recently, multiple studies have suggested that its polyphenols — free-radical-fighting antioxidants — may also protect brain neurons.