I love green tea and am discovering more about the types and how they are produced and what health benefits they have… I always use loose leaf tea and if the green tea has a lot of stalks then it is a low-grade one the one I bought the other day is completely different in appearance it is like little buds I can also see and taste the difference this one has slightly more colour and a refined taste. Although how you brew your tea makes a lot of difference I don’t get that bitter tea taste anymore…
What is Green Tea?
Like all teas, it is brewed from the dried leaves of the Camellia Senensis but it is the level of oxidation in the initial production of tea which determines the type of tea.
Green tea is produced from unoxidized leaves which means it goes through fewer processes thus it has more antioxidants and polyphenols than its sister black tea. Oolong is fermented and allowed to partially oxidize, while green tea is not.
Green Tea has been used for many thousands of years in traditional Chinese and Indian medicines.
The amount of research into the medicinal properties of green tea is mind-blowing and very interesting but this post is about how tea is made and the types and how to brew the perfect cup.
Like lots of other products, the Green Tea market is a very lucrative one. It can be bought ready-made to drink on the go… BUT just because it says Green Tea somewhere on the label …Please don’t be fooled…
If it is sitting on the shelf among the other sodas you can bet your life it is loaded with sugars and the like…
Here I only promote good teas…no nasties.. just tea… Nuff said!
So what does Green Tea taste like?
The most common comment I hear and I have also been guilty of this…It’s bitter!
I now know why?
It is only bitter because either your tea is low-grade aka cheap or it has not been brewed correctly, brew with cooler water and don’t leave the leaves in the tea once it has brewed. Once you have that bitter taste no amount of sugar or milk will get rid of it….
It is only since living here that I have learnt the art of brewing a nice pot of tea but no matter where you live the amount of information online is astounding and with a little effort you can benefit from an amazing cup of beautiful tea.
How to brew Tea.
Makes 1 cup.
6 ounces of water, a little more if you are pre-warming your cup or teapot.
About 1 tsp of or 2 grams.
Let’s brew….Get that on to boil and get your cup or teapot.
Your water ideally should be 160F -180F so bring your kettle to the boil and let it cool it should be just short of boiling. Obviously, if you have a temp thingy that is great.
Pre-warm your cup or pot ( my mum) always used to…I don’t well if it is a pot I do but my cup…I know I should and I will…promise.
Measure out your tea leaves set to one side pour your water into your cup and add the tea leaves then cover your cup..let it steep for 1 -3 minutes if your tea is small-leaved it will be quicker…I just set my kitchen timer to start with but practice makes perfect and no more bitter tea…
Once it is ready…Enjoy!
When you use a new brand of tea it takes a little adjustment in amounts of tea or steeping time to get your perfect cuppa… But when you do a sense of achievement.
I spent so many years really disliking green tea and only drinking it because it was ” good” for me….Since I have learned how to brew it correctly…I can say hand on heart…I am a convert…Although…
My favourite tea now I have tried so many different ones is Jin Xian Oolong No 12 Tea also known as Golden Lily Oolong tea is 100% organic and contains no artificial additives.
Grown in the northern mountains of Thailand 1200-1800 metres above sea level it is untouched by pollution… a low oxidised tea of twisted little balls /snails… Called BiLuoCun which means the green shell because the tea is hand-rolled it looks like small snail shells..hence the name.
Due to its high concentration of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, it is said to increase the metabolism thus breaking down fat, reducing cholesterol and improving skin condition. Jin Xian Oolong No 12 Tea also known as Golden Lily Oolong tea is 100% organic and contains no artificial additives.
Grown in the northern mountains of Thailand 1200-1800 metres above sea level it is untouched by pollution… a low oxidised tea of twisted little balls /snails… Called BiLuoCun which means the green shell and because the tea is hand-rolled it looks like small snail shells..hence the name.
Due to its high concentration of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, it is said to increase the metabolism thus breaking down fat, reducing cholesterol and improving skin condition.
Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all have a great week xx