Do you like to have some tea or coffee? Maybe green tea?
Every Indian household welcome guests with this caring question. While tea and coffee are much loved, green tea made its permanent place in our kitchen.
A decade ago I bought a pack of green tea bag with much enthusiasm. I remember suggesting the same to my then fiancé now husband to do same. You see our marriage was approaching. I wanted both in pink of health and great skin for wedding pictures. Moving on, I made the first cup of green tea dreaming of all the benefits. The first sip of it and I had the fastest ever break up. It was bitter. For someone who avoids bitter gourd in meals, it was too much to proceed. That day is still a standing joke in our marriage. Let me confess, I was in such a rush to attain that dreamy wedding health that I forgot to read instructions. I boiled leaves just like regular chai. Huh!
But today we enjoy a cup of perfect green tea. Let me share the secret to make a cup of perfect green tea.
How to make perfect green tea?
Step 1 –
Choose your green tea. It would be good to know your leaves or tea bag forehand. For a cup, one tea bag or a teaspoon of leaves should work. If you are going with leaves, take them in a strainer and keep aside.
Know your green tea
Green tea is available in the market in form of loose leaves or tea bags. We can debate over and over on which is better? Green tea is full of antioxidants and nutrients such as catechins, theanine, chlorophyll and Vitamin C, as well as a small amount of essential oils. The idea is to maximize the nutrients in the cup. Loose leaves would easily release catechins when steeped in water compared to tea bags. However, tea bags are convenient and travel-friendly. Tea bags contain fanning and dust which are small particles of leaves. These particles could release nutrients much faster than leaves.
In the market, one can find more than 10 varieties of green tea. Popular ones been tulsi mulethi green tea, mint green tea, honey lemon green tea, chamomile green tea, jasmine green tea, matcha, Assam green tea and much more. New flavors are launched every hour. Pick up samples to test their strength and select the one that suits you best.
Step 2 –
Making a delectable cup of green tea needs a perfect temperature of water. Take pan in a stove with the required amount of water. Heat water till it is rolling and not boiling. In case it got over-heated, let it rest for a while.
Step 3 –
Allow the tea steep for 2-3 minutes depending on your preference.
Step 4 –
Add flavors as desired. Adding a splash of honey, mint or lemon juice to enhance the taste.
Every morning my husband, Mr. Fabulous is in charge of masala tea because it’s an art. Thankfully, brewing the perfect cup of green tea doesn’t have to be complex. Stick to these easy steps and remember to use the proper water temperature. Anyone can brew a beautiful cup every time. In case you are traveling then pack your green tea in a thermos bottle. Here is a good solution for nomads, InstaCuppa Green Tea Detox Bottle Glass With Steel Infuser Filter. It can be also be used to make fruits or vegetables infused water.
Sip your cup of green tea and reap benefits.
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