This is Joel from everythingaboutcoffeeandtea.com and today we are going to talk about the preparation of green tea. Step by step, we will cover the differences between green tea, why we should be careful when we use green tea bags, should we use whole leaves or green tea powder, how to prepare green tea and much more …
I hope you will enjoy this article and it will help you prepare your green tea as you want it to be!
Now let’s get started!
- General information about tea
- Tea bags: what you need to know!
- Whole leaves or green tea powder?
- How to increase the antioxidant concentration
- Green tea associated with a lack of iron
- How to prepare a green tea
The truth about green tea: they are not all equal…
There is a lot of green tea out there which are oxidized. But what are the side effects of oxidized green tea? Well, it can simply destroy their value… First of all, if you can you should inspect your tea closely for quality. If it’s rather brown than green, it may have undergone oxidation.
Moreover, you have to make sure that your green tea is pure! Why? Because quality teas should not be overloaded with fluorine, arsenic, lead, mercury, aluminum, and cadmium. It’s not complicated to explain how cheap teas get contaminated:
By its roots, the tea tree absorbs the substances included in the soils. So if it grows in a polluted area, it will absorb all the harmful substances (for example fluoride or lead).
That’s why, most of the time, it would be better to buy green tea from Japan over those from China: the soil is more polluted over there!
Furthermore, the concentration of EGCG (the main antioxidant in green tea) could change a lot from one green tea to another.
After different green tea sampling, people noticed that EGCG’s concentration could vary from simple to twenty fold (x20)! As surprising as it sounds, it has been found that some green tea products simply do not contain EGCG!
Considering those huge differences, I strongly encourage you to carefully choose your green tea, I will give you just after some tips to do it.
There is a Chinese proverb that says:
“It is better to be deprived of food for 3 days than tea for one day”
And we can apply this proverb to our case: we should stop drinking industrial preparations full of flavoring agents, preservatives, or refined sugars…. and drink more green tea!
Green tea bags: can they be a threat?
Green tea paper bags could be harmful if treated with epichlorohydrin (It’s not the case for all of them!). As soon as it gets in contact with water, this substance releases 3-MCPD (It is suspected to be carcinogenic!).
Indeed, the 3-MCPD has already been implicated by the European Health Agency (EFSA) as a potential cause of cancer infertility and immune weakness.
You can also find on the market some tea bags made out of plastics! They are based on synthetic polymers such as nylon or PVC. The good news is: these plastics melt only at high temperatures. A problem remains: under the melting temperature, these polymers can already begin to break…
By dipping your tea bag in boiling water, there is a risk that polymers release harmful substances whose effects on the body are poorly known.
Best option between whole leaves and green tea powder?
Most of the time, we say that whole tea leaves are more authentic and therefore much better than ground crushed leaves. Especially since the whole leaves are generally more expensive.
The thing is whole leaves are often of better quality. Furthermore, they allow controlling the purity of the goods. Well, it makes sense no? It’s easier to hide junk in powdered tea: you can compare it to a cigarette. Whereas a cigar or whole tea leaves cannot be so tampered with. To finish, there is the problem of pesticides: we can’t see them with our naked eyes. This is why it’s better to buy organic tea (even if it’s not always a guarantee!)
How to double the antioxidants’ concentration of our green tea!
If there is one area where the crushed leaves beat the whole leaves this is on the spread of antioxidants’ in the beverage.
Indeed, when you brew whole tea leaves, you will get 2 times fewer antioxidants’ in your cup than if you had crushed beforehand.
By grinding the tea, good antioxidants’ are released more easily into the infusion.
Lack of iron: is green tea dangerous?
Unfortunately, tea has the tendency to cling to the iron that articulates in our digestive tract. This action stops it from being correctly absorbed.
Even though most of us shouldn’t be worried about it (especially for those who consume too much iron), It is definitely not recommended for people with iron deficiency (like anemia).
How to prepare correctly an amazing green tea?
The preparation of green tea is more difficult than what we can imagine. If you wish to benefit from all of its benefits, here is the mode of optimal traditional preparation:
- Boil water in a kettle or saucepan. No-stick pan is forbidden because its special coating can release harmful chemicals into the boiling water.
- When the water is between 77 °C and 85 °C (in Fahrenheit: 170.6 °F and 185 °F), you should stop heating.
- Let the water stand for one minute.
- Preheat your teapot or cup so that it does not precipitate water cooling. To achieve this, fill the teapot with boiling water and cover with a cloth. Wait a moment and then empty the teapot water.
- Plan 4 teaspoons of tea leaves for 1 liter of water.
- Add the leaves using a strainer, a tea ball, or simply placing them in the bottom of the teapot – this is how to produce a stronger infusion.
- Pour the water and recover the teapot with a cloth or teapot for 2 or 3 minutes.
- Taste frequently, the tea should be fragrant without becoming bitter, then remove the tea leaves and enjoy.
So I hope you guys enjoyed the article about how to prepare your green tea! If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to ask, I will be more than happy to share info and tips with you!
I wish you all the best!