Kamairicha - 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:

  • Kettle 
  • Teapot 
  • Scale
  • Timer 

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 Kamairicha requires 30 ml (1 oz.) of water.
For instance, if you want 240 ml (8 oz) of tea, you will need 8 g of Kamairicha.

We recommend that you start with this ratio first and then adjust according to your preference. 25 ml (0.85 oz) - 35 ml (1.1 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.

Did you know: In Japan, the standard serving size for Kamairicha about 70 ml (approx. 2.5 oz) per person, as it is meant to be enjoyed like an espresso. That doesn't mean that you can't fill up your favourite mug with Kamairicha, though! Feel free to adjust according to your preferences and lifestyle.

Step 2: Boil water to 80°C (176°F) 

We recommend using hot water (but not boiling water), as this helps being out the refreshing qualities and the fragrance. 

You can bring up the temperature up to 90°C (194°F) depending on your preference. 

Pro Tip: Make sure to bring the water to a full boil  (100°C/212°F), and let it cool down to achieve the best brew. Using water that hasn’t been fully boiled can result in a flat-tasting tea. An electric kettle with temperature pre-sets can simplify this process, as you can reheat the water to your desired temperature.

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 60 seconds

Once you have gently poured the water into the teapot, put the lid back on the pot and wait for about 60 seconds.

For Kamairicha, anywhere between 30 seconds to 90 seconds is considered be the appropriate steeping time, so play around to figure out the flavour you like the most! 

Step 5: Gently pour into cup 

Make sure to pour in the last drop, as this is the most flavourful!

Pro Tip: Tilt the teapot spout upwards occasionally while pouring to move the tea leaves evenly. When serving for two or more persons, take turns adding tea to each cup. This ensures that the strength and coloration of each serving are similar. 

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.

First Infusion

The first infusion is rich in umami and sweetness, with a distinctive nutty flavour.
Take your time to enjoy the rich flavours and aroma.

Second/Third Infusion

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.

Pro Tip: When you need a larger quantity of tea to serve guests, simply mix the first infusion with the second infusion. Steeping time is not required for the second infusion, so there's no significant time difference in preparation.

This tea can be steeped for up to three infusions.

Compare the subtle differences in each cup! Enjoy!