An Ultimate Guide: How to Make the Best Green Tea
If you’ve not yet had your cup of green tea, what are you waiting for? In addition to increasing fat burning, promoting healthier skin, strengthening teeth, and lowering cholesterol. Studies suggest that green tea can improve your working memory. So, if you find yourself often forgetting where your car keys are, or you fail to pick your children from school, you may just need to reach for a cup of green tea.
Below are some tips on how to ensure you’re not only just drinking green tea but are also getting the maximum benefits from it;
Use the proper water temperature
You may like your black tea or coffee piping hot, but that water temperature is not the best for green tea. Water that is too hot will cause the tea to taste bitter. On the flip side, if the water is too cool, then you may not extract the full flavor from the tea leaves. The right temperature for green tea is between 160 degrees and 180 degrees. If you’re boiling water in a pot or a tea maker, then it should be when bubbles form at the bottom
Adjust your steeping time
In case you didn’t know, green tea is really sensitive. The recommended steeping time is 2-3 minutes. Anything less than that, and the tea leaves wouldn’t have fully released their flavor. Researchers did find that you need to steep your green tea for the right amount of time for you to reap the antioxidants properly. Some experts even recommend cold steeping your green tea, then warming it up afterward.
Add sweetener or honey
There are a few people who can stomach the taste of green tea as it is, but to be safe, let’s assume you’re not one of them; unless you don’t mind the taste of grass, then, by all means, enjoy your tea sans sweetener. But if you are the kind of person that needs help with flavor, then you can add honey or a different type of sweetener to make the tea more palatable.
If you choose to use honey, you’ll not only be reaping the health benefits of green tea but those of honey too, so it’s a win-win.
Use fresh, high-quality tea leaves
To truly reap the benefits of green tea, you want to go for fresh and loose tea leaves. By loose, it means tea leaves that are not packed in tea bags. These kinds of tea leaves have room to ‘breathe,’ and hence the flavor they produce is more decadent and tastes better than green tea in teabags.
Use pure water to brew your tea
You want to make sure you use either pure or spring water to brew your tea. Unpurified water may contain too many minerals that will counteract the tea’s minerals; This will result in a bitter taste. Purified water will allow you to enjoy the tea’s flavor without any pollutants.
With these tips, we hope you’ll be open to trying different green tea flavors to see which one you enjoy best.