Sencha – Green tea prepared by infusing tea leaves with hot water

Items to Prepare
japanese teaTeapot, tea cups (100ml), hot water (soft water), tea leaves
1. Pour hot water* into the tea cup(s). This has the effect of lowering the temperature of the water and warming the cup(s).
2. Add tea leaves (1 teaspoon [2g] per 100ml of water) to the teapot.
3. Pour the hot water in the cup into the teapot and cover the pot. Allow the tea to steep for 1 minute.
4. Pour the tea into the tea cups, moving from cup to cup, and pouring a little at a time.

* Use water heated to 60℃ for 1 cup of tea, and increase the temperature for additional cups of tea. Use water heated to 70℃ for 2 cups, 80℃ for 3 cups, etc. It should be noted, though, that the higher the water temperature the more likely it is that the tea will become unpleasantly bitter or astringent.

Reicha (Sencha)

japanese teaItems to Prepare
Teapot, tea cup(s), water (soft water), tea leaves
1. Add 1 teaspoon of tea leaves to the teapot for each serving of tea.
2. Add water (100ml per cup) to the teapot, cover, and wait for 15 minutes. This will allow the leaves to open up and release their elements.
3. Pour the tea into the tea cups, moving from cup to cup, and pouring a little at a time.

* To save time, you can also brew hot tea using slightly more tea leaves than would normally be used for hot tea, and then pour the tea into cups containing ice cubes. Pour as described above.

Recipe Developed by: Machiko Tateno

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