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How to Brew Japanese Green Tea

Japanese green tea has became more and more popular in our daily life. From office (sencha), restaurant (Genmaicha) to business VIP (gyokuro). A correct brewing method is very important in getting the best out of the tea leaf.


In general rule of thumb, the higher the tea leaf quality, the lower the brewing temperature and the smaller the drinking cup. Refer the table below:

Tea People Tea leaves Temperature  Water Amount Steeping Amount in each cup
Gyokuro (high quality) 3 10 g 50c 60 ml 150 sec 12 ml
Gyokuro (ordinary) 3 10 g 60c 60 ml 120 sec 13 ml
Kabusecha 3 8g 70C 120ml 120 sec 25ml
Sencha (high quality) 3 6 g 70c 180 ml 120 sec 50 ml
Sencha (ordinary) 5 10 g 90c 450 ml 60 sec 80 ml
Bancha 5 15 g 100c 650 ml 30 sec 100 ml
Houjicha 5 15 g 100c 650 ml 30 sec 120 ml

*For second infusion, brewing time is about 1/3 of the normal time.


Brewing Instruction

1. Pour hot water into tea cups, cool it down to desire temperature.

Japanese tea brewing step 1


2. Put tea leaves into tea pot.

Japanese green tea brewing step 2


3. Pour the hot water from tea cups into the tea pot, and steep for specified time.

Japanese green tea brewing step 3


4. Serve the tea equally into each tea cups

Japanese green tea brewing step 4


5. Enjoy