Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Stretch your green

A blog reader asks about double-steeping. Yes, it's perfectly fine to steep green tea leaves twice. That way, you're stretching your green—squeezing out as much of the "good stuff" as possible and getting your money's worth.


In Japan, many folks, especially in the country, brew their tea "family style," making a big pot of tea and adding more hot water and tea leaves a little at a time as the pot is depleted.


When steeping your tea for the second time, try using water that's a little hotter (but not too hot), or let the leaves steep a little longer than you would the first time around. Or do both, depending on how much tea you used and whether you prefer your tea on the strong or weak side.


—Mellow Monk


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