How to Brew Genmaicha

Brewing Instructions & Tips

    • KnowYourTea

      What kind of tea are you going to serve: sencha, gyokuro, genmai-cha, hoji-cha or ban-cha? It is important to know what kind of tea you are about to drink because the amount and temperature of the water will differ depending on the tea.

    • Choose the Right Teapot

      Look for a teapot with wire mesh inside to prevent tea leaves from pouring into the cup. Mesh attached to the inside of the spout is preferable to detached, because it allows the tea leaves to circulate freely.

      Choosing the right teapot
    • Temperature

      It is very important to use filtered water that is first brought to a boil when brewing Japanese tea. After boiling, let the water cool to a suitable temperature for each tea type. Here is a tip: the higher the grade of tea, the lower the temperature. This is because high- grade tea has subtle flavors that are overpowered in hot water. In general, premium sencha is brewed at about 160°F (70°C), regular sencha at 175°F (80°C), genmai-cha, ban-cha, and hoji-cha at 190°F (90°C).

    • ServingSize

      Are you using a mug or small Japanese style cups? The amount of tea leaves used depend on the volume desired and the tea type.

    • Store in a Dark, Cool Place

      Green tea is very sensitive to heat and humidity. Once the package is opened, store it in an air-tight bag or tea canister and keep it in the refrigerator.

How to brew Genmai-cha and Hojicha (16 oz/470ml Serving for 3)

  • 1. Spoon two or three tablespoons 2. Pour boiling water directly into of tea leaves (6-9g) into the teapot.

  • 2. Pour boiling water directly into of tea leaves (6-9g) into the teapot. the teapot. Steep for 30 seconds.

  • 3. Gently pour the tea into a teacup(s). Do not pour all at once, rather pour it in several consecutive pours to ensure the water circulates through all the leaves. Tap out any remaining drops so no water remains in the teapot.