Pour boiling water into the teacups you will use. This will cool the water, help you measure the amount of water you will need and warm up the teacups.
Tip: Pouring hot water into a cup/teapot will reduce the temperature by 5-10°C each time. For Sencha, it is the best at 70-80°C (Fukamushi sencha at 80°C) so you may move hot water between the cup and pot 1-2 times. DO NOT ADD COLD WATER to cool down hot water. Cold tap water may add a smell of chlorine and spoil the delicate flavor of tea.
While waiting for the water to cool further, place 2 tea spoon of green tea leaves in the teapot.
Pour the hot water from the tea cups into the teapot and place the lid on.
Wait for 1 minute for Sencha. 30 seconds for Fukamushi Sencha. (Recommended to use timer for better results)
Pour the tea from the teapot into the cups. Pour a little tea at a time into each cup going back and forth so that the colour, flavour and amount will be even.
Shake the teapot up and down gently near the end and try to get the last drop since this is the most tasty drop.
After pouring the tea, lightly hit the side of tea pot to move the wet tea leaf to the centre of the teapot.
Slightly open the lid of teapot so that the wet tea leaf is not steamed completely. You can enjoy the perfect tea now.
You can have 2nd and 3rd infusions with the same procedure. For the second infusion, brewing time is less. You can wait for 30 seconds or less. First serve tastes sweeter, and second (and subsequent) serve may feel slightly more bitter than the first serve.
Brewing tea is a bit of a science. Different components come out at different temperatures. Generally, at high temperature, tea will have a more bitter taste, and at lower temperature, it will have a sweeter richer taste. Just follow the recommended guideline temperature for each type of tea from our website (and on the back label) to get the best result!
Once you have opened the package, keep the tea in an airtight container or canister and stored it cool and dry place. Avoid moisture, sunlight, heat and strong odors.