For more than a dozen years, people all over the planet have heard about the benefits of green tea. Perhaps, such a drink will not have everyone's taste, since green tea has a delicate aroma, almost neutral color and an unusual aftertaste. If you do not like green tea, it means that you have brewed it incorrectly. This article will discuss how to brew green tea correctly so that the drink retains its natural properties and taste.
What are the features of green tea?
Many people began to give preference to green tea. It is grown on plantations, where tea leaves grow on bushes. Different varieties of tea can be collected from one bush. The main difference is only in the processing. Green tea does not undergo fermentation, the leaves are only dried and processed to get rid of natural impurities.
Green tea is considered to be a natural antioxidant, as it contains an unprecedented amount of vitamins, nutrients and trace elements. Many people doubt that green tea has a tonic effect. In vain, it does contain more caffeine than ordinary coffee beans.
Green tea is rich in potassium and magnesium, which has a beneficial effect on the cardiovascular system. The benefits of this drink can be told almost infinitely. But in order for green tea to benefit, it should be brewed correctly. Otherwise, a number of properties may be lost in the brewing process, and this healing drink will simply resemble water.
How to brew green tea?
In order to properly brew tea leaves, you should consider a few basic aspects:
- selection of purified (filtered or thawed) water;
- choosing the right brewing utensils;
- water temperature.
In order for tea drinking to bring you not only pleasure, but also health benefits, let's look at each step of the process of brewing green tea in detail.
How to choose water for tea?
In order for green tea to retain its beneficial properties and the maximum content of microelements and other substances, in no case do not need to take water from the tap. As you know, tap water is subject to thorough treatment with various chemicals, and sometimes contains many pathogens, so it is extremely undesirable to use.
You can install a special filter on the tap or a separate water filtration system. This water safely use for brewing green tea. Also, filtered water can be purchased in the store, but it must be non-carbonated.
Many people are advised to take melt water for brewing green tea. It is very easy to get it at home. To do this, you need to take a bottle, fill it with water and put it in the freezer. After the water freezes well and a thick layer of ice forms on the walls of the container, the bottle should be removed from the freezer and allowed to melt for a while. This kind of water will be the best option for brewing green tea. In addition, melt water is very useful for drinking and has a beneficial effect on the functioning of the gastrointestinal tract.
What kind of dishes should brew green tea?
To get rich and concentrated green tea, it is best to choose thick-walled containers: teapots, ceramic or glass teapots, mugs. Before brewing, the dishes should be well heated, otherwise as a result of heat exchange, its walls will take almost half of the heat and the tea will not brew properly.
It is recommended to fill the kettle or teapot with boiling water and let it stand for a while. If you do not have enough time, then you can just pour around the walls of the tank with hot water.
Optimum water temperature
Every housewife knows that boiling water should be used for brewing tea leaves. Indeed, this is so, only in relation to the procedure of brewing black and other varieties of tea. But for green tea you need to use water with a temperature threshold varying from 60 to 95 °.
During boiling, oxygen leaves the water, as a result of which some of the beneficial properties simply evaporate. When brewing green tea with boiling water, the leaves undergo a very powerful heat treatment, and therefore some of the beneficial properties of the drink are lost. To prevent this, do not bring the water to a boil. Argued that the water must be boiled to eliminate all harmful substances, but not in this case. After all, you use already filtered (purified) water to brew tea.
However, it is unlikely that you will be able to determine with accuracy the temperature threshold of water for the eyes. You can do the following:
- Put the kettle on a moderate fire and wait for the moment when the air bubbles begin to rise slightly.
- At this point, the kettle should be set aside from the heat and let the water cool for 10 minutes.
- Then the water can be used for brewing.
You have already got acquainted with the main aspects of brewing this noble and very useful drink. Now it remains to consolidate the knowledge and apply them in practice. By the way, green tea with lemon is made in the same way, only citrus should be added after full brewing of tea leaves.
To enjoy the exquisite taste and aroma of green tea, you need to perform the following steps:
- Pour 1-2 scoops of green tea into the boiling pot.
- Fill the tea leaves with hot water, but not boiling water.
- As a rule, tea leaves should be brewed in proportions of 1: 1, that is, 1 scoop of tea is poured with 1 incomplete cup of hot water.
- Read the instructions on the package. As practice shows, each package contains comprehensive information about the rules of brewing and the required proportions.
- Let the tea stand in a bowl with the lid closed for about 5-10 minutes.
- Pour green tea evenly into cups so that each serving contains the same concentration and does not differ in taste.
- Lemon, cinnamon or ginger can be added directly to the mug.
How to drink green tea?
During the day, you can drink 1-2 cups of green tea, but no more. Despite the fact that green tea is recognized as a very useful drink, it should be used with some caution. In large quantities, this drink can be harmful, not good for your body.
Herbalists advise to drink green tea in such cases:
- in violation of the functioning of the digestive tract (except for diseases in the acute stage of development);
- for weight loss;
- as an anti-inflammatory agent (for pathologies in the oral cavity);
- at elevated temperature;
- in case of violation of blood pressure (only very carefully and after consultation with the attending specialist, because in various doses, green tea can cause a decrease or a sharp increase in pressure);
- for the normalization of metabolic processes;
- to improve memory;
- to remove toxins and radiation products from the body;
- to improve the work of the cardiovascular system;
- to increase the concentration of folic acid (especially during pregnancy).
Despite the unlimited list of useful properties, the use of green tea has a number of contraindications. It is not recommended to drink green tea in such cases:
- in the presence of acute diseases and disorders of the gastrointestinal tract;
- with unstable blood pressure;
- with nervous exhaustion.
Many women wonder if pregnant women can drink green tea. Pregnant girls should use green tea, because it helps to saturate the body with the necessary amount of folic acid, which plays an important role in the development of the fetus. But to abuse such a drink is still not worth it. Expectant mothers can be limited to 1-2 cups a day.
Green tea is very useful. Drink based on untreated tea leaves has a number of trace elements and vitamins, which are so necessary for our body. If you want to treat yourself to a delicious, aromatic, refined and healthy drink, then brew green tea in accordance with the rules outlined. Have a nice tea party!