Brewing green tea properly allows to release maximum beneficial compounds. The benefits are particularly associated with an antioxidant property of polyphenols. Type of polyphenols - catechins help to reduce blood cholesterol and high blood pressure, boost metabolic rate, and provide antibacterial effects. Besides polyphenols, green tea contains L-Theanine, caffeine, vitamins, and minerals. The amino-acid L-Theanine promotes stress relieves and calmness, reduces high blood pressure, improves concentration and attention. Caffeine acts as a stimulant for a central nervous system.
For the best result, use a teapot. You also can brew green tea directly in a cup.
- Use a tea kettle and heat water to the boiling point. Add hot water to the teapot and cool it down to 150-175 degrees Fahrenheit (65-80°C).
- Add loose leaves to the teapot.
Use 2 - 3 grams of tea leaves or 1 or 2 tablespoons (depending on the leaves size) per one cup (8-oz of water).
- Pour the hot water into the teapot.
Important! Do not add green tea to the boiling water.
The optimal brewing temperature to save catechins content should be between 150-175 degrees Fahrenheit (65-80°C). This temperature range is optimal for dissolving amino acids that contribute flavor and sweetness. If the temperature is higher 175°F (80°C), dissolving tannins will add a bitter taste into your tea.
- Brew the leaves before the tea is ready.
You can use infusers and strainers.
A steeping time depends on leaves size and water temperature. The optimal steeping time is approximately 1-5 minutes.
If you like stronger and bitter tea, add more leaves or brew it for a few minutes longer.
Green tea from loose leaves is a very economical beverage, it can be infused two-three times.
- Measure out ½ - 1 teaspoons (1 - 1 ½ tea scoops) of Matcha powder into a cup or Matcha bowl.
- Add 2-3 ounce hot water (150-175°F) and using the bamboo whisk, whisk rapidly using a ‘w’ pattern making sure your Chasen isn’t touching the bottom of the bowl and your foam is smooth, light and colored.
- Add more hot water.
Drink immediately, before powder has time to settle. It is normal for some powder to remain at the bottom of your cup.
You can use a shaker bottle. Shake Matcha in a shaker bottle till froth appears.
After opening, keep Matcha in a dark refrigerated place to preserve the freshness.
• Do not add ice to your green tea because it leads to precipitation of the catechins on the ice
• Do not add milk to your tea. Milk is bonded to polyphenols and suppresses their function
• The bitter beverage, steeping for about 15 minutes, can be used as a home remedy for diarrhea
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