How To Brew the Perfect Cup of Green Tea
Green tea is actually the same plant as black tea, but while black tea is fully oxidized (which is what gives the tea its characteristic black color), green tea leaves are steamed and never oxidized very much. Green tea is high in flavonoids, which have been found to lower cholesterol and blood pressure and triglycerides.
Green tea should be steeped at 175° F for no longer than three minutes, or it may become bitter due to the tannins in the tea. Use 1-2 teaspoons of tea, depending on your flavor preference. Green tea is more delicate than black tea, so it needs a little bit of special treatment.
Green tea also includes matcha tea, which is very finely ground whole leaves of the tea bushes that grow in the shade. Because drinking matcha involves consuming the tea leaves themselves once they are mixed with water, it has been said that consuming 1 cup of matcha is like consuming 10 cups of regular green tea.
To brew matcha, heat water to boiling (212° F), or, use steamed milk, and sift ¼ teaspoon into a cup to get rid of any lumps. Pour in two ounces of the water or milk, then, using a matcha whisk or small regular whisk, whisk briskly from side to side until the matcha is completely dispersed, and there is a layer of foam on top. Pour in another 6 ounces of boiling water or steamed milk and whisk again until foamy. Sweeten to taste with honey, maple syrup or any either sweetener if you’d like.