Understand Tea Types

Take a look of tea leaf you have on the hand and see what kind of Japanese green tea it is: Sencha, Gyokuro, Genmai-cha, Hoji-cha or Ban-cha?  If you are not sure, please visit our tea variation page to learn more.  It is important to know what kind of green tea you are about to drink because amount of water and water temperature will be different on each tea.

Choose Teapot

It is also important to know what kind of teapot you have to brew tea.  In general, mesh insert teapot is suitable for Japanese green tea because tea leaves are generally fine leaves.  It is also recommended to have teapot with mesh attached, not dettached.

Water Temperature

It is very important to use filtered and boiling water for Japanese green tea.  After boiling water, it needs to be cooling down to the suitable temperature for each tea.  Tip is as higher the grade, lower the temperature.  In general, premium sencha is about 70°C, regular sencha is 80°C, Genmai-cha, Ban-cha, Hoji-cha is 90°C.  

Tea and Water Amount

Tea and water amount depends on what kind cup you want to serve for how many people.  Please see chart below for tea amount.   As reference, regular mug cup is about 240ml, and small Japanese style teacup is 80ml each.  Tea amount depends on amount of water and tea types.  If you were using 240ml cup, then full 1 tablespoon is usually sufficient