How to make a perfect standard Japanese green tea
Standard Japanese green tea has a lot of health benefits
such as anti-aging, anti-obesity, anti-virus, etc.
and find a secret for your healthy tea lifestyle from this video!
Video In Sentences
I’m Rica Takeuchi, a Japanese tea lifestyle coordinator
Today I going to show you some techniques to make a tasty standard Japanese green tea
Standard green tea is picked later than high-grade green tea
it contains a lot of catechin which is bitter but good for your health.
Have you ever heard of Catechin?
Catechin has a lot of good health effects such as
anti-aging by anti oxidation, anti-obesity, anti-virus and so on
So many “anti” effects!
Ok now let’s look at these tea utensils
This is “Kyusu”, a traditional Japanese style tea pot
These are “Chawan”, traditional Japanese style tea cups.
I have prepared 3 cups for 3 people this time
These are “Chataku”, saucers for Chawan
This is “Chakan” or “Chazutsu”, a Japanese style tea caddy
Here is a teaspoon and a one-minute hour glass
About hot water, please use soft water
because it goes much better with Japanese tea than hard water
Also please make sure that you boil water before using
This is a secret to make your tea tasty
Ok now let’s make green tea!
There are 4 important points to make perfect green tea:
- Amount of tea leaves, 2. Amount of hot water, 3. Temperature of hot water, and 4. infusion time
Point1. The ideal amount of tea leaves is 2 or 3 grams per person so 6 grams for 3 people today
A heaped teaspoonful of tea leaves is 3 grams so do that twice
Point 2 & 3: Amount and temperature of hot water
In order to enjoy a refreshing light bitterness of tea and extract catechin well, prepare hot water of 90℃ degrees celsius
When you pour hot water into a cup the temperature goes down 5 to 10 ℃
so now pour the boiling water into the cups and lower the temperature to 90℃
This process also helps you warm up the cups and measure the amount of water
Point 4 is infusion time
The best infusion time for a standard Japanese green tea is 1 minute
Wait for one minute
While we are waiting let me talk about our relationship between tea and me.
My great grandpa opened a retail store in Higashikurume Tokyo in 1915
my grandma started selling Japanese tea in 1966
Unfortunately our family closed the store in 2013
but I was almost brought up in the store
because all of my family was working there
When I was a small kid I was already crazy about tea
and without asking I would take tea leaves from the store
I loved chewing tea leaves as much as my schoolmates loved chewing gum
After school I usually visited the store
and made tea for the staff and my family working there
Since then I love tea itself
but I love the time to have tea together with people even more
Ok 1 minute just passed
There are 2 points when you pour tea into the cups
I will show you the first point now
Pour the tea little by little into the cups like 1 2 3
then go back 3 2 1, 1 2 3 , 3 2 1
This process is to make the tea’s strength even
The second point is to pour the tea until the last drop is poured
Some people say that the last drop is the most tasty part so don’t miss it!
Also if you leave some tea in the teapot, the tea will continue to be infused
and the second brew of tea is going to be very bitter
Other techniques to enjoy the second brew is
to tap the teapot and move the tea leaves to the center
and replace the lid of teapot like this so that the tea leaves will not be steamed
Now tasty green tea is ready!
I believe a tea time is always peaceful.
Recently people have been too busy and tired
and this unhealthy lifestyle has ended up making them self-centered and unhappy
I believe efficient and appropriate tea breaks during work
will help them to maintain their mental conditions
So that’s one of the themes that I am working on
to develop a healthy and happy society through Japanese tea.
Anyway, thank you for watching the video
I hope you will enjoy a perfect standard Japanese green tea
with your family and friends
I will see you next time
We are CHA-Link 茶輪
Have a good day 🙂