Green tea contains caffeine, but unlike coffee it gently affects the body. The tonic effect of coffee ends in 1-2 hours, tea - after 6 hours. At the same time, for the exciting effect of tea, there should not be oppression, as with coffee or alcohol. Regular consumption of a cup of green tea a day will help you improve metabolism, remove toxins from the body, strengthen health and improve efficiency. It is useful to include it in the program of weight loss and rejuvenation.
Before you start drinking tea, you need to learn how to brew green tea properly. An important role is played by the conditions of its storage. After all, even the most high-quality and expensive tea can be spoiled by improper storage. And with improper brewing, the benefits of green tea will be minimal.
The first thing you should prepare is a kettle. It can be porcelain, clay or glass. The most suitable for welding comes pottery. Clay allows welding to "breathe".It is chemically neutral and retains heat well. In porcelain and glass vessels tea "does not breathe" and cools faster. The least suitable for welding metal and plastic dishes. Metal gives an unpleasant aftertaste, and plastic releases toxic elements into hot water.
The tea pot must be clean and warm. Before pouring tea, rinse the brewer a couple of times with hot water and completely drain the water. For 1 cup of green tea you will need one teaspoon of dried leaves.
The second most important component is water for brewing. Ideal for green tea is pure, spring water. But, since most of us live in cities where it is difficult to get spring water, filtered water will do. Suitable water temperature for brewing is no more than 85 degrees. More hot water will destroy the beneficial properties of tea and spoil the flavor.
How can I determine if the water has reached the right temperature and is suitable for brewing? Observe the water when heated. It goes through three stages of boiling. At the first stage small bubbles of air rise from the bottom of the kettle. As you heat up, the number of bubbles in the water increases. In the second stage of boiling, the bubbles rise to the surface more rapidly. They cause a slight turbidity of the water and color it white. At the same time, the water is noisy, but it still does not bubble. Such water is called a "white key".In the third stage, the water intensively bubbles, bursting bubbles and splashes appear on its surface.
For brewing green tea, water is needed, reaching the second stage - the "white key", but not having time to go to the third - boiling. To have time to remove water from the fire, it is better to boil it in a pan with a transparent lid. An electric kettle for these purposes will not work.
After warming the brewer, pour the tea and immediately fill with the second stage hot water. Chinese people at tea ceremonies make it possible to drain the first water to rinse the tea. After rinsing, pour the tea again and let it brew for 2 minutes. If the water in your edge is stiff, the brewing time can be increased to 7 minutes. At the time of brewing also affects the type of tea. Therefore, see the information on the package. Then completely drain the tea into another bowl.
You can use the rest of the brewing to re-brew, each time increasing the brewing time by 30 seconds. If you leave the finished tea in the brew, it will get a bitter taste. The number of repeated brews can vary from 3 or more times.
The foam formed on the welding surface will tell you about the correctness of brewing. If it does not have extraneous odors, the foam should be mixed with tea with a teaspoon, possibly silver.
Drink green tea hot. Cold tea loses useful properties. You can add a teaspoon of honey or a little milk.
Keep green tea away from products with a strong smell - garlic, oranges, meat and others. Green tea easily absorbs any odors, so store it in a tightly closed container, separate from seasonings and other food. For storage it is better to use porcelain, glass or wooden utensils. Avoid exposure to dry tea direct sunlight and moisture.
Enjoy your tea party!
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