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Delicate, light and fragrant, the perfect cup of green tea will lift your spirits and give you the verve to get on with your day. No wonder it’s a favorite pick-me-up for people the world over. 

What’s the best way to brew green tea so you love every sip?

Follow these five simple steps and you too can become a tea-making expert… 

If you’re making a single cup of green tea, add one teabag to your cup or glass. If you’re brewing a pot of tea, add two or more of your favorite green tea bags, depending on how strong you like it. Or, use teapot bags to keep things even simpler.

Ideally, you want soft, rather than hard water for your brew. Always go for fresh over already-boiled or diffused water - both create a flat-tasting tea. 

Green Tea in a cup and saucer


Heat water in a kettle or in a pan on the stove until it boils – this part’s important – the bubbles that appear at boiling point are carbon disappearing, which decreases the acidity of the water, leading to the brew taking on a clearer color.

Don’t heat water using a microwave. You’ll lose that full-flavor taste and the tea will have a scummy surface: not a good look.

After boiling, let the water rest for a few minutes so the temperature naturally drops to 140-185°F. This is the ideal heat for when you pour… 

Have your teabag(s) ready in the bottom of the cup or teapot and pour the hot water on top. The motion of the water hitting the bag will help release the tea’s flavor and aroma quicker.

Let the tea brew for one to two minutes: in this time a clear, verdant color will develop along with a full-bodied flavor and aroma.

If you want a punchier taste and are happy to sacrifice a little aroma, let the tea brew for between two and three minutes. For the fullest flavor impact, let it brew for three minutes. After finishing a cup, you’ll be ready to take on the world.