HOW TO BREW THE BEST JAPANESE GREEN TEA
This will also vary with each green tea variety .
Do not swirl or shake the teapot to speed up infusion because this may adversely effect the brew's taste. Then gently pour the brew into your cup.
Japanese green tea will usually not taste bitter. If a more astringent taste is desired, then increase the amount brewed, water temperature and brewing time.
Loose leaf green tea may be infused more than once depending on your taste. I recommend three times as the maximum. Use the same temperature water, but the brewing time is only a few seconds.
You can significantly reduce the caffeine in green tea by discarding the liquid from the first infusion.
How to Serve Loose Leaf Tea
The tea leaf residue found in the bottom of your cup is absolutely healthy.
One important cultural note is that when you are served green tea by a Japanese person, especially if you are in their home or in Japan, then please do as they do.
How to Store Loose Leaf Tea
After packaging, loose leaf teas will remain fresh for about one year.
Before opening the package, the freshness can be prolonged by putting the package in your refrigerator or freezer.
After opening the package, place it in an airtight, tightly sealed container, away from direct sunlight and heat. DO NOT put it back into the refrigerator or freezer.