“Life is like a cup of green tea, it’s all in how you make it”
Well, we may not have a perfect guide over living a carefree life, but we surely got some tips to help make a perfect cup of green tea. Due to the sheer popularity of the beverage, preparing tea correctly should be a basic skill everyone must learn. Most people tend to commit mistakes when it comes to preparing green tea. However, once you learn to make one correctly – you start experiencing a “whole new taste”.
Things you’ll need:-
- Green Tea Leaves: Preferably Alpino certified organic green tea as they are rich in anti-oxidants and FDA certified with no artificial flavours or sweeteners.
- Water – The type of water you use makes a significant difference. Try to use water that hasn’t been boiled previously. Bonus: Use Filtered water.
- Sweetener – An optional element though a little bit of honey can work wonders on those taste buds.
- Mug/Teacup – Larger servings can be handy enough with a teapot or a larger jug.
- Tea Strainer/sieve – Another optional aspect, but convenient if you hate those loose leaves floating in your tea.
Pour considerable amount of water in your glass/mug first. Or, if you’re making a large amount, then into the jug/teapot. Then, add the tea leaves to the water. You can add them directly to the water or use a tea strainer. Steep the tea for three minutes. Though, depending on how strong you like your tea, the steeping time might vary. Preferable to keep tasting it after a minute and every 30 seconds until it’s right for you. The tea will become bitter/grassy if you steep it for too long. Add in the sweetener of your choice, and enjoy the essence of a perfect cuppa green tea!
- Heat water to 80-85ºC (not boiling – this is the optimal green tea temperature to avoid a bitter taste). This is best done with a temperature-controlled kettle, however, you can also use a stovetop and thermometer or just heat the water to ‘just before boiling point’, when it simmers, and then allow to cool for a couple of minutes.
- The leaves can expand and unfold in the water so it’s good to allow them plenty of space. Hence, large infusers are a great option instead of small strainers.
- The above method also works for green tea teabags too – with the same temperature and steeping time suggestions.
Simple ways to increase the flavour of green tea:-
- Add a small piece of cinnamon or fresh ginger powder.
- Herbs: Try your hand at various herbs like mint, peppermint, or chocolate mint. Lemongrass is also a great option.
- Add some organic edible flower petals for extra flavour. Jasmine, lavender, and rose are the best enhancers with green tea.
- You can also add natural essential oils for flavour.
- Use dried fruits as a natural flavour booster and sweeteners like mango, peach, pineapple, strawberry, blackberry, etc.
- Citrus peel: Add a slice of lemon or even use lemon, orange, or grapefruit peels.
- Try experimenting the different flavours provided by our brand; mainly Tulsi, Lemon and Kahwa. An all-inclusive box of aromatic flavours sure to brew your mind.
Follow these steps and find yourself in the company of a great cup of green tea with equal words of praise from your friends and family for brewing one!!!!