to Prepare a Delicious Tea
with a good quality product, the flavor and taste of your
tea depend on the way you prepare it. The most important
thing in preparing tea is the temperature of the water used.
In general, the higher the quality of the tea product, the
lower the temperature of the water. This is because the
taste of high-quality tea depends on an amino acid, and when
the water is too hot, that acid is obstructed by other
elements, making the tea taste bitter. To fix a delicious
tea, follow the directions below.
1. In preparing any type of tea, first boil the water.
2. The quantity of water should correspond exactly with the
number of cups to serve at a time (see the reason in Step
4). Thus, after you boil the water, pour it into the cups
and cool it to the required temperature for your type of tea
(for instance 50 degrees for the Gyokuro tea and 80 degrees
3. Then put the tea product and the water from the cups into
the teapot. Wait for about one minute before serving. If you
serve several cups, do not fill one cup before passing to
another. Pour small quantities in each cup first, then come
back to the first cup and continue the cycle until the water
finishes in the pot. No water should be left inside the
teapot, hence the necessity to measure the quantity of water
before putting it into the teapot.
4. You may use the content of a teapot for up to three
services. After the first service, follow Steps 1-3 for the
second and third services. However, now you should serve the
tea immediately after you pour the water inside the teapot.
Waiting makes your tea taste bitter.
above was adapted from "The Merits of Green Tea"
by the Japan Tea Industry Association.)
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