Growing up, I mostly drank black tea. Chai, Earl Grey, Ginger Peach…you name it, I drank it.
Then, I discovered green tea at a tea house in my late teens. I was blown away by the beauty, lightness and tender notes of the delicate green tea I was sipping on. And my love and interest in green tea was ignited!
Years later, I now drink green tea every morning. Although I LOVE loose green tea leaves (and have my own special cast iron green tea pot made specifically for loose green tea leaves) I don’t always have them on hand. Nor do I always care to deal with cleaning out the pot etc.
The answer??? Pop a tea bag into a cup, pour warm water over it and Viola! You got yourself a cup of green tea.
My Favorite Brand
My favorite green tea brand??? Mighty Leaf Whole Leaf Tea. It, Is. The. Best. It’s not cheap, but the quality is exceptional. And the taste? Heavenly.
My personal favorite green tea they make is their Organic Spring Jasmine Green Tea. There’s only two ingredients: Organic China Green Tea Leaves and Organic Jasmine Flowers. How perfect is that?
And that’s what makes their teas so exceptional. They use only whole tea leaves. No dust. Nothing broken or crushed. So you get the best tasting product. Each tea bag is made into a pyramid shape so that the delicate tea leaves have room to bloom and expand as they steep.
It’s truly a magical experience.
How to Make the Perfect Cup
What makes or breaks a cup of green tea I discovered early on is the temperature of the water AND how long you steep the leaves in the water. Seriously, this is the moment of truth. You MIST get this right. Or else you will have a bitter, repulsive, ruined cup of tea.
So, First Step: Temperature
I learned in a green tea book that you should ideally heat your water in a saucepan so you can SEE your water. I know their are electric tea pots that has the Green Tea Setting on the side. But, just for fun, try this saucepan method out. Just for kicks!
Okay, so you grab a saucepan and fill it with enough water to make the desired cup(s) of tea. Put it on medium high and watch it carefully over the next few minutes. You don’t want to boil your water. Rather you want to wait until you begin to see little bubbles forming at the bottom of the pan. The Chinese refer to these bubbles as ‘Frog Eyes’. As soon as you being to see ‘Frog Eyes’ forming at the bottom of your saucepan, remove the pan off the heat immediately!
Pour this heated water over your green tea bag. And then…
Second Step: Steeping Instructions
Steep for … ( are you ready for the magic number? ) …. 3 Minutes!
Of course, this is my personal favorite steeping time. Feel free to play around with it and find what you like best!
Well, there you have it! My favorite brand and how to make the perfect (in my opinion) cup of green tea! I hope you’ll give Mighty Leaf Jasmine Green Tea a try! It’s available at most grocery stores. OR you could always order it online.
Thanks for reading! Be sure to leave a comment below to let me know what you think when you try green tea with the saucepan method!