Green tea is a wonderful weight loss tea. People who are trying to lose weight or the ones who are health conscious have green tea very often. But are you sure if the green tea is really benefiting you? The benefits of green tea purely depend upon how you make it. Most of us don’t know the correct method of brewing a green tea and end up with a cup of nutrient-lost tea. Or maybe, most of you won’t like green tea because it is too bitter or maybe too strong! Here are some things to consider while you brew your cup of green tea:
There is no fixed or standard amount of green tea that we add, it is always random and depending on the mood. If you want a light green tea, you may add ½ teaspoon of loose powder or 1 teaspoon of leaves to 1 cup of water. For medium you may add 1 teaspoon of green tea powder or 2 teaspoons of leaves. For stronger tea, you may add more depending on how strong you want the tea.
The water you use does make a change in the quality of tea you make. Avoid using distilled water as it can taste flat. Use filtered, fresh and cool water that is not boiled to make your tea taste fresh and crisp.
The amount of heat you provide and duration is directly proportional to how your tea will taste. Optimum heat will draw out the right balance of tannins and amino acids and will contribute to slight bitterness. If the temperature is low, it will make the tea less flavourful and is of no benefit whereas if the temperature is too high, it can make the tea overly bitter. Let the tea simmer for 5 minutes on medium flame and your tea will taste perfect.
As a general rule, green tea after simmering should be left steeped in the vessel for approx. 3 minutes. If you are using tea bags, you can keep it steeped in hot water for 5 minutes.