Green tea is one of the oldest herbs on the face of the earth which is made from Camellia sinensis. Green tea has its roots in China during the reign of Emperor Shennong. It is one of the healthiest beverages available.
Green tea is different from other teas because it hasn’t gone into oxidation and preserve higher concentrations of cacheins.
How to steep and brew a cup of green tea?
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To steep or brew a perfect cup of green tea, you need 2gms of tea per 100ml of water or in simple terms 1 spoon of green tea per 150ml of the water cup. The perfect temperature to brew a cup of green tea is between 61degree Celcius to 87degree Celcius. The tea should be brewed between 30sec to 3 minutes depending on the quality of tea leaves. Usually, lower quality tea leaves are steeped hotter and need a longer duration of time.
The taste of the tea is also affected by the steeping technique. There are two techniques:
- Warm the steeping container beforehand so that tea doesn’t immediately cool down.
- Leave the tea leaves in the pot and add more hot water as per consumption.
Effects of green tea on health
A regular cup of green tea provides 1 kcal of energy per 100 mL serving, is devoid of any nutritional content.
Here is a nutrient report of Green tea by USDA: (Add from Wikipedia)
Green tea is filled with many health benefits such as:
- improved brain function
- fat loss
- cancer prevention
- lowering the risk of heart diseases