I can now say that I am a green tea convert! YAY!
I’ve written about my struggles with trying to like the stuff before. It’s so good for you, but I couldn’t appreciate the flavour – it tastes like pond water!
BUT that was until my wonderful friend taught me how to brew green tea properly. Those teabags which tell you to brew it for 3-5 minutes – they don’t know what they are talking about!
Properly brewed tea, my friend tells me, should be the colour of well-hydrated ‘wee’. Ok, so it’s not the best description – but she is so right. Maybe a better description from Whittard is:
“…pale gold…The best green tea is very fresh and sappy – it tastes green and alive offering the experience of drinking the essence of spring.”.
So the trick is to only brew a teabag for 10-15 seconds! Yes, that’s it: only 10-15 seconds. And you can reuse the teabag several times. I’ve been enjoying Teapigs real leaf teabags, and getting 3 cups out of a teabag. I quickly learned that the second and third brewings don’t need as long as the first which hydrated the leaves and thus took a little longer.
At home I’ve been enjoying loose leaf tea from Whittard.
I’ve been having the mango tea everyday. That packet will last me ages because I only use a pinch at a time for a cup – maybe 4-5 leaves in my infuser. Then I brew it for longer, probably the 3 minutes or so that is recommended. I will only use that once, then add the leaves to my compost.
I’ve been drinking 4 cups – well, mugs – of green tea a day. I think it’s boosting my metabolism, but that might be a placebo effect – I think it is so I see it is.
James Duigan also sings the praise of green tea – although you cut out CRAP: Caffeine, Refined sugar, Alcohol, Processed foods, you are still allowed up to 6 cups of green tea daily:
“green tea also contains caffeine but less than coffee, so you can drink more of it and it has more antioxidants. Plus it’s a great detoxifier for the body. It’s especially good at getting rid of metal toxicity…”
Do you drink green tea? Are you a fan? How do you brew yours?