Fukamushicha - Super Simple Brewing Guide
The guide below is the standard method in Japan, so following these steps can help you effortlessly recreate the authentic flavours.
What you need:
Step 1: Weigh the tea leaves
Using the appropriate amount of tea leaves and water is the first step to brewing a perfect cup of tea.
As a general rule of thumb, 1g of tea leaf requires 30 ml (1 oz.) of water.
For instance, if you want 240ml of tea, you will need 8g of tealeaves.
We recommend that you start with this ratio first and then adjust according to your preference. 25 ml (0.85 oz) - 45 ml (1.5 oz) is also within the standard range!
Please be sure to check the capacity of your teapot and cup of choice and adjust the quantity as necessary.
Step 2: Boil water to 70°C (158°F)
We recommend that you start at a lower temperature when brewing this tea to enhance the umami and sweetness. Hot water can extract more of the bitter and astringent qualities.
Other suitable temperature ranges are between 70°C (158°F) and 80°C (176°F).
Step 3: Gently pour water over tea leaves
Using a scale instead of a measuring cup is easy! Just remeber that 1ml equals 1g.
Step 4: Wait for 45 seconds
Once you have gently poured the water into the teapot, put the lid back on the pot and wait for 45 seconds.
Fukamushicha is steamed much longer than regular Sencha, so the leaves are crumblier and can extract more flavour in a short period of time. Steeping it for too long can make the infusion a little too overpowering.
A steeping time of anywhere between 30 seconds and 60 seconds is within the standard range.
Step 5: Gently pour into cup
Make sure to pour in the last drop, as this is the most flavourful!
Do not swirl the teapot with the intention to 'extract more flavour.' This will actually only increase the bitterness of the tea. Keep in mind that the way you move your teapot will impact the flavour!
Step 6: Remove the lid promptly
Remove the lid to prevent the tea leaves from getting too mushy from the heat and humidity. This simple step will make the second infusion even more delicious.
The first infusion is rich in umami and sweetness, with a velvety mouthfeel.
Take your time to enjoy the rich flavours and aroma.
Fukamushicha is a tea that truly transforms in the second infusion. The liquor turns into a beautiful dark green, closer to a matcha green colour!
The water temperature for the second/third infusion should be slightly higher than the first infusion. Steeping time is not required, as the tea leaves are already open. You can serve immediately after pouring water into the teapot.
This tea can be steeped for up to three infusions.
Compare the subtle differences in each cup! Enjoy!