"If man has no tea in him, he is incapable of understanding truth and beauty." – Japanese Proverb
This delightful, refreshing tea is a gift from the Arab World and is not only served at mealtime, but throughout the day. The combination of heat from the gunpowder and cool from the mint leaves creates an epicurean treat for your taste buds. Traditionally, made with lots and lots and lots of sugar, we prefer to drink this without embellishments since the mint leaves leave a lingering sweetness on the palate. A beauty brewed hot but a stratospheric iced tea. We sell gallons of this brew all summer long at our local farmers markets.
Ingredients: China gunpowder green tea, spearmint, peppermint
Directions: Heat 6-8 oz of fresh water (175ºF preferred) over 1/2 -1 teaspoon of tea. Steep 2-3 minutes, strain and serve immediately.
Caffeine: Yes. If you are sensitive or have an allergy to caffeine, our suggestion is to skip tea and drink herbal infusions or rooibos.
HOW TO MAKE GREEN TEA
In general, green teas should be brewed anywhere between 1 - 3 minutes. The longer you allow green tea to steep, the more bitter it may become. So keep an eye on your timer.
Water: Fresh filtered water is preferred. Do not use distilled water. Depending on your area, tap water may contain chemicals or high levels of minerals which may affect the taste of the tea.
Temperature: Water temperature is just as important as timing. Green teas like to be around 170-180˚F. If you use boiling water, allow it to cool off for a few minutes to bring the temp down before pouring over loose tea leaves.
*Gyukuro Japanese Green Tea: Water temperature should be at 140˚F.
Time: In general, green teas seem to taste best brewed for 1-3 minutes. That said, you may prefer your tea lighter and/or stronger. Play around with the times to see what tastes best to you!