Since Sencha is very delicate it is important to follow proper instruction in order to avoid a bitter tasting cup of tea.
All teas are not created equal. Most of us like to think that we can just throw some tea into a scalding cup of hot water and it will taste good.
But that really is missing some of the key points behind drinking a good cup of tea. Japanese tea preparations are all about slowing things down and taking time to enjoy the experience.
We would like to ask that as we guide you through this simplified process of making the perfect cup of sencha green tea, that you don't rush through it. Take the time to really be present in the moment, and just simply focus on brewing and drinking a really great cup of tea.
This will not only make your tea taste better, but it will put your mind and body into the best state for absorbing the maximum amount of health-enhancing benefits.
Since sencha is a green tea that is enjoyable either hot or cold we are providing you with instructions on how to prepare both.
HOT CUP OF SENCHA TEA
You will need:
Nature's Blueprint Loose Leaf Sencha Green Tea
Clean Water (preferably spring or at least filtered)
Step # 1- Start by pouring 8oz of water into your kettle and heating it up to approx. 160-170F. If you don't have a thermometer, you can eyeball it to at the point of steaming (not boiling).
Step # 2- Scoop 1 heaping teaspoon of Nature's Blueprint Loose Leaf Sencha Tea leaves into your cup. Or if you are using a teapot that has a removable strainer place tea leaves in the strainer basket.
Step # 3 - Once your water has reached the proper temperature pour it over the loose tea leaves in your cup or place your strainer basket into your kettle.
Step # 4 - Cover and steep for about 2-3 mins. The longer you steep the stronger it will taste.
Step # 5 - You can choose to strain out the tea leaves or sip away with them still in your cup :)
Brewing sencha at a higher range of temperatures will enhance its mildly bitter flavor. (Brewing too long can make it taste overly bitter)
For a more mellow flavored tea, brew at the lower range temperatures, it will be less brisk
(Play around with different brewing times and temps to find the one that works best for you.)
We recommend using good quality water for your tea such as spring water or filtered water. Tap water tends to have too many chemicals that alter the taste of the tea and are not good for your body.
To keep your tea free of contaminants be sure your kettle is made from non-reactive materials such as glass or ceramic. Stainless steel, enamel, marble, and cast iron are also non-reactive, non-toxic materials.
It is best not to stir, shake or mix the tea during the brewing/steeping process. Just let it sit and do its thing.
You can reuse the leaves by adding hot water again to the teapot for a second, and even sometimes a third brewing before starting over with fresh leaves.
Also enjoyable with a slice of freshly squeezed lemon juice and a squirt of honey
The Japanese firmly believe that the last drop of tea determines the taste of the entire cup. They tell us that we should not rush this process as the last drip is heavenly and is said to contain the universe!
SENCHA ICED TEA
Gather up the following:
Nature's Blueprint Lose Leaf Sencha Green Tea
Clean spring or filtered water
2 Quart pitcher
Step # 1 - Scoop 3 heaping tablespoons of Nature's Blueprint Loose Leaf Sencha into the pitcher.
Step: # 2- Fill the pitcher with clean water.
Step # 3 - Place pitcher in the fridge for at least 8 hours or overnight.
Step # 4 - Strain the tea leaves from the pitcher and return to the fridge.
Step # 5 - Add in freshly squeezed lemon juice and sweeten with honey or another liquid sweetener if desired.
We use this cold brew process instead of hot brewing and then cooling because we believe more of the health benefits will be preserved.
Plus it seems to provide a more delightful tasting iced tea and makes it easier too :)
Cheers to your health!!