Gyokuro Steeping Method Recommended by the Japanese Tea Instructor Association

September 20, 2013

The official steeping recommendation for high grade gyokuro from the Nihoncha (Japanese tea) Instructor Association (nihoncha-inst.com, Japanese only):

For 3 people, use a tea pot of 90 ml in volume, tea cup of 40 ml in volume.
Tea leaf amount: 10 grams
Water temperature: 50˚C / 122˚F degrees
Water amount: 60 ml
Steep time: 150 seconds

This should give you tea that is 33˚C / 91˚F degrees at 12 ml per person.

The idea then is that you extract the savoriness to enjoy it, then you can steep it again at a higher temperature to extract the more bitter elements of the tea in the 2nd – 4th steepings. http://yunomi.us/4832/gyokuro-steeping-technique/

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