The Brewing Technique of Chinese Green Tea Using Teapot
How to Make Chinese Green Tea
This article details the art of making a cup or pot of green tea using leaves, not bags, by following traditional Chinese methods. Buy some tea, a teapot and some cups. You really don't need to bother with anything else.
Using a Few Leaves
Put 5-10 grams of tea leaves in the tea pot.
Add not-quite-boiling (80-90°) water.
Wait 3 - 5 minutes, then serve.You will get a few cups of fresh tea for yourself .
Using More Leaves to Serve for 4 More People
Add 20 - 30 grams of tea leaves into the tea pot.
Add not-quite-boiling (80-90°) water.
Wait 3 - 5 minutes and then pour to serve for yourself or guest..
QuestionWhat is the best time for taking this tea?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYou can make it when you feel like it.Thanks!
QuestionIs it safe to drink the leaves in Chinese tea?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerIt is safe, but it's better to chew them. In China, there are some dishes cooked with tea leaves.Thanks!
QuestionCan I take green tea if I'm a breastfeeding mother?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYes, but check with your doctor to see how much is safe.Thanks!
QuestionHow do I get the water to 80 degrees?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerIt is an approximation when making green tea. The water should be hot, but not scalding. Most water heaters are set around 130 degrees. 120 feels wicked hot, so from the tap, you want to be just a little under that. It will cool, and your tea will steep nicely. There is no need for a thermometer, and it's not a science project! Relax and enjoy your tea.Thanks!
QuestionWhat is the name of the tea leaf?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerIt is commonly known as "tea leaf" (seriously), and its scientific name is Camellia Sinensis.Thanks!
QuestionCan this green tea help a 65 year old person?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerIt depends on your health. It can help prevent cancer, dementia and nervous breakdowns. Just remember that green tea has caffeine and that taking it in large quantities can be harmful to your heart (2-3 cups a day will not pose a significant risk).Thanks!
QuestionCan I add lemon juice to green tea?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYou absolutely can, but it may no longer be considered traditional Chinese green tea.Thanks!
To make your own Chinese green tea, place 5 to 10 grams of tea leaves into a tea pot. Then, add in some hot water. Make sure that the water is around 80 to 90°F. When you're finished, wait 3 to 5 minutes, then serve!
- Having the spout of the teapot facing anyone may be regarded as a bad manner in a proper tea ceremony, but Chinese usually skip this manner in a casual place.
- Boiled water is too hot for tender green tea leaves. Pouring boiled water upon the leaves will cause the immediate release of tannins, resulting in a bitter brew.
- In a proper tea ceremony, everyone has their roles. The host is in the position for pouring tea for everyone and you shouldn't take this role. However, in a restaurant, if someones pour tea for you, you can do it for him in the next round.
- When someone pours tea for you, lightly knock your two fingers on the table and say "thank you". If they're older than you, you should pretend to be a little "guilty" in that you don't deserve their politeness. This drama should be repeated every time someone pours tea for you.
- In any circumstances, before you pour tea into your own cup, always look around and see if there's anyone whose cup is not full. Pour tea into their cups first, as it's regarded as "selfish", "impolite" or "socially unadaptive" if you pour tea just for yourself.
- For real Chinese tea, especially the premium quality one, adding sugar is akin to mixing 7-up with Chateau Mouton Rothschild red wine. Chinese often find it funny, if not scornful, to see someone to do it. You can add sugar or honey to taste and even put in ice, but it's not Chinese tea anymore.
- In Chinese culture, pouring tea for someone can have a lot of meanings. When a guest comes, they serve tea to show a sign of welcome. When getting married, a couple kneels on the floor and passes the tea to their parents to express their gratitude. When apologizing in a private place, they stand up, bend their back, pour tea to the one who accept the apology. So, whenever an elder pours out tea for you, it's regarded as a gross politeness.
- Watch out for old, out-of-date tea. Check the tea. Smell it. Look at it and check for dried-out leaves. Taste a piece (but don't taste it if is has been wet and in a container for a long time, or smells completely different from its original scent; if it smells sickly sweet [rotted]).
- If you are buying loose leaf tea, make sure you examine what you are putting in the pot. Rarely small objects, such as twigs, foil(depending on the wrapping), or insects can make their way into tea accidentally.
- It helps to know how a specific tea will smell before you buy it. If you happen to buy a tea frequently, then you can check at the store if it has gone bad before buying it.
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