Thursday, January 06, 2005

Cooler water for the 1st infusion, just-boiled water for the 2nd

One sign of a good tea like Mellow Monk green tea is that after brewing a cup or pot of tea, the same leaves can be used to brew another infusion of tea. For the first infusion, it’s better to use water that is a little cooler than just-boiled. We here at Mellow Monk don’t like to encourage obsessing about water temperature; all you need to do is wait a couple of minutes after the water boils before pouring it into your cup or teapot. But for the second infusion, it’s OK to use hotter or even just-boiled water as a way to “squeeze” out the last bit of flavor, aroma, and, most importantly, the catechins and other healthy things in the tea. Make the most of your Mellow Monk green tea!

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