Genmaicha - 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, 1 g of tea leaf requires 40 ml (1.35 oz.) of water.
For instance, if you want 240 ml (8 oz) of tea, you will need 6 g of tea leaves.
We recommend that you start with this ratio first and then adjust according to your preference. 30 ml (1 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 90°C (194°F)
Using hot water helps bring out the uplifting aroma and refreshing qualities that Genmaicha is known for.
As the base of our Genmaicha is first flush Tamaryokucha, which is a bit more delicate than second flush or third flush green teas, we recommend not using boiling water when brewing.
We find that for our Genmaicha, a temperature range between 80°C (176°F) and 90°C (194°F) works best.
Step 3: Gently pour over tea leaves
Using a scale instead of a measuring cup is easy! Just remeber that 1ml equals 1g.
Step 4: Wait for 30 seconds
Once you have gently poured the water into the teapot, put the lid back on the pot and wait for about 30 seconds.
The shorter-range steeping time creates a more balanced flavour when using the hotter water.
If you used a lower temperature (80°C/176°F), we recommend steeping for about 60 seconds.
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 you 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 has a toasty flavour that is reminiscent of popcorn!
Take your time to enjoy the rich aromas.
The water temperature for the second 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 two infusions.
Compare the subtle differences in each cup! Enjoy!