Water quality can impact taste hugely. Always use freshly drawn water, and preferably use a water filter.
Green tea contains the highest concentration of Phenyphenols (Catechins). These are naturally occurring chemicals within the leaves and are powerful antioxidants. Phenyphenols are therefore great for fighting compounds that can damage DNA, but will unfortunately add an unwelcome bitter taste. To avoid the excessive release of these bitter tasting Phenyphenols, we suggest you brew your green tea at a temperature no hotter than 80°c and for no longer than 3 minutes.
If you want to take full advantage of green tea’s powerful antioxidant ability, but prefer to enjoy the flavour, simply drink more cups!
Iced Tea (2 Methods)
The cold brew method is gaining traction in the tea industry. Avoiding hot water throughout the brewing process will eliminate bitterness being released from the tea leaves, and a more subtle flavour is appreciated than when hot water is used. Because of this it’s a particularly popular method for straight teas, where subtle flavours are preferred rather than strong fruity characteristics often attributed to many blends. Having said that, many people prefer this method for preparing any iced tea. It depends on your taste!
The cold brew method is so simple (4 easy steps):
– Step 1, Use the same amount of loose tea as you would normally for creating a hot brew (remember you will probably be making more than one cup in volume, so adjust accordingly).
– Step 2, Add the loose tea to a glass jug followed by the appropriate amount of filtered water.
– Step 3, Transfer to the fridge and leave for 12 hours or overnight. This jug must be covered to prevent smells from the fridge affecting the taste of your iced tea.
– Step 4, Once your brew is ready, strain the loose tea from the jug and serve! Or return to the fridge for later. If kept refrigerated this brew will be good to consume for a few days.
If you would like to wash the leaves at the beginning of the process, simply start by adding a small volume of hot water (80°C for green tea) to the tea leaves. After about 20-30 seconds fill the remaining volume with cold filtered water, cover the container and transfer to the fridge following the process discussed above. Remember this container will need to be heat resistant in order to withstand the hot water at the start.
Make a concentrate:
This method takes far less time to prepare and will produce a fuller flavour. However it may sometimes include some bitter taste not experienced when using the cold brew method detailed above. It involves making a concentrate to which cold water and ice is added. For example to brew a single cup of iced tea, simply add the usual amount of tea leaves needed to brew one cup. But only add enough hot water to allow thorough steeping of the tea leaves within the cup. Brew for the same amount of time as for a hot brew. Then remove the tea leaves and top up with cold water and ice cubes. This method will also produce a brew that is good to consume for a few days if kept refrigerated.
Like it Strong?
If you prefer your tea stronger, we suggest you add more loose tea as opposed to
using longer than recommended brewing times.