Preparing the Best Japanese Green Tea

As the aromas and flavors of Japanese green tea are subtle, the final taste differs depending on the preparation method used. To fully enjoy the true taste of Japanese green tea, please use the preparation methods outlined here.

Preparing Japanese green tea in a kyusu teapot

In Japan, tea is prepared in a special Japanese style teapot known as a kyusu.

Be sure to use boiling water.

The water should be boiled for 3 to 5 minutes and then allowed to drop to the correct temperature.

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Pour hot water into a Japanese teacup

Brew Japanese Tea

Pour hot water into a Japanese teacup for each person so that it is 80% full and allow to cool. The ideal temperature for high quality sencha is about 70˚C, while the ideal temperature for average quality sencha is about 80˚C

02

Place the tea leaves in the kyusu

Place the tea leaves in the kyusu teapot. Use 3/4 of a teaspoon (approx. 3g) per person.

03

Pour the cooled water into the kyusu

Brew Japanese Tea

Pour the cooled water into the kyusu teapot and steep. For high quality sencha, steep for 2 minutes; for average quality sencha, steep for 1 minute.

04

Pour little by little between the teacups

Pour little by little between the teacups so that the color of the tea is evenly distributed, making sure you pour every last drop from the kyusu teapot.

Tea Brewing Temperature

Refresh with a chilled cup of Japanese green tea during the hotter months

Japanese green tea is also delicious served cold. Use 1.5 times the normal amount of tea leaves to make a stronger tea then chill immediately with ice.