Matcha Green Tea: The Ultimate Guide

By June 17, 2016 History and Culture of Tea

Matcha Green Tea: The Ultimate Guide - Art of Tea

Of the thousands of teas in existence, there’s nothing quite like matcha green tea — that smooth, delicious flavor, the rich texture, and all those wonderful health benefits.

But before you take another sip of that delightful tea, take a minute to learn more about this unique beverage that once was only shared by the highest nobility in Japan. We’ll break down EVERYTHING about matcha green tea — its history, the culture, its health properties, and how to make it — so you can enhance your enjoyment and get the most benefit each sip.

After this article, you’ll never look at it the same way again!

(Oh, and read on for our tasty gift to you!)
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How to Cold Brew Japanese Green Tea

By June 10, 2016 Brewing Tea

Did you know June is Iced Tea Month? Even more exciting, today is actually National Iced Tea Day! In celebration, we’re sharing tips to cold brew Japanese green tea. Yum!!

How to Cold Brew Japanese Green Tea - Art of Tea

For this recipe, we’re using our Fukamushi Sencha, which is shade grown on the foothills of an active volcano in Kirishima, Kagoshima. It offers a pleasant aftertaste with fresh aromatics and pairs well with dishes that enhance its rich, grassy character.

To cold brew this delicious Japanese green tea, just follow these instructions:

Cold Brew Fukamushi Sencha
  1. 4 g Fukamushi Sencha
  2. 10 oz. cold water
  3. Ice
  1. Put 4 grams Fukamushi Sencha in a pitcher or jar
  2. Add 10 ounces of filtered cold water
  3. Steep for 12 - 22 hours
  4. Serve over ice

One of the coolest things about Fukamushi is that it is so versatile! If you’re on the go and are craving a delicious cold brew iced tea, grab a cold water bottle, add this green tea and agitate the leaves in the water. You’ll have an instant cold brew that is so flavorful and will easily become your go-to when you’re out and about! – If you try this out, we recommend using a water with added minerals (like Smartwater) to lock-in and enhance the flavor of the tea.

Another great thing about Fukamushi is how quick and easy the cold brew preparation is. Unlike other teas which need to have a preliminary bloom in hot water for 45 seconds, this tea can be placed straight into the cold water to start steeping!

Whether you try out this cold brew at home or on the go, remember, good quality filtered water will make all the difference in the outcome. Share your photos of your cold brew experience on Twitter and Instagram, and be sure to tag us so we can see how you’re enjoying it!

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How to Properly Steep Your Tea

By June 3, 2016 Brewing Tea

If you’ve spent any time drinking tea, you’ve heard about steeping. Ever wonder what it actually is and if you’re doing it right?

Steeping tea is basically the art of soaking tea leaves in water to bring out its truest flavors. But while most people simply put their tea into hot water, let it soak for a few minutes, and then drink their beverage, there’s a better way — if you want to steep your tea properly and enjoy the full and fantastic benefits from your tea, then read on for some great tips.

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Pick the Right Tea

If you’re interested in steeping tea, start with a high-quality tea that offers pleasant and delicious flavors so you can savor every hint of its notes. Using the whole leaves in hot water is ideal because it’ll give the leaves the opportunity to soften and release its flavors while moving and blending with the water (but Art of Tea’s tea bag collections will work well too because of their fantastic grade).

Prepare Your Water Correctly

Typically, people bring their water to a boil and then put their tea inside of the cup or pot, but that’s not the correct way to steep tea. Using boiling water will make the tea taste bitter and diminish the nutrients and minerals in the beverage. Also, try to use purified water because tap water could have elements that mask the flavors from the tea.

Figuring Out Each Specific Tea

All tea cannot be steeped the same. Each tea is going to require different lengths of time to be left in the water and the ideal temperature of the water is going to vary from tea to tea. For example, you don’t want to steep a tea for two minutes if it’s only supposed to be in the water for one — this could drastically change the way it tastes and the amount of nutrients you get from the drink. The type of tea will also determine how much of it you need to put into the water.

Here’s a guide that recommends the correct water temperature and steep time for a variety of our favorite teas:

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The main things to remember are to use the right water, get it to the right temperature, and don’t use too much or too little of your chosen tea. Then, don’t let the leaves sit in the water for too long or take them out too quickly.

Once you figured out how long your tea needs to be steeped and at what temperature, give it a shot. It might take you a few tries to get your tea to taste just the way you want it to, but once you get it right, you’ll be able to prepare your favorite tea perfectly every time.

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