Green tea is the leaves of the tea plant (Camellia sinensis) that have been steamed or heated to halt the oxidation of the leaves. Green tea flavors vary greatly depending on where it’s grown and how it’s processed. The deeply grassy and marine notes in Japanese greens are very different from the slightly nutty, cooked vegetal flavors often found in Chinese green teas. There is a wide range of flavors to experience with every new green tea you try.
To ensure your green tea stays as fresh as possible as long as possible, take care to store it in a cool, dark place, away from light, oxygen, moisture and fragrant pantry companions like coffee or spices.
Brewing Green Teas
- 1 tsp. tea leaves per 8 oz water.
- Steep in just boiled water, around 175 degrees, for 3-5 minutes.
Note: Green tea needs a lower temperature than black or oolong tea. If you had a cup of green tea that was too bitter, chances are you used water that was too hot.
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