The tea from the Japanese tea garden has a number of health benefits and also tastes very good. So, it is important to make this tea in the right way and enjoy it with the right kind of snacks. Having this tea with Mochi, can be a very good option. Mochi is a glutinous rice cake that normally has a circular shape and is dyed with a number of different colors. There is a way to make the Japanese tea, and if you are interested to know more about the different ways of brewing and serving this tea, then you can go through the list of steps given below:
- First you need to boil the water, till it simmers. Then you need to remove it from the heat and then wait for about 30-60 seconds, so that it is able to cool down a bit. Both the qualities of the water as well as the temperature of the water are very important parts of making good tea.
- Then you need to rinse a ceramic tea pot with hot water, so as to ensure that the tea does not get cooled down by the ceramic pot itself. Then put the tea leaves in the tea pot. It is always better to use loose tea leaves, because that helps you to make good quality tea as compared to the tea bags. It is always better to use 3 grams of the Japanese tea for 8 ounces of water, so adjust this amount according to the number of people, you are serving tea.
- Then you need to steep the tea leaves in the boiling water. The amount of time that is required to keep the tea steeped in water would depend on the type of Japanese tea that you are using. Generally, it is better to keep the tea steeped for about 1-3 minutes.
- After steeping the tea leaves, you have to strain the tea leaves. If the tea leaves are over steeped, then the tea will become bitter and the flavor of the tea will also become unbalanced. Again, if the tea tastes mild, then you can either steep it for a minute more or use little bit more of the tea leaves.
Once, the tea is ready to be served, Hillel Krauss always recommends to serve this Japanese tea in ceramic cups because, according to the Japanese tradition, the tea should be served in ceramic cups that are white inside. The ceramic cups affect the taste of the tea and so using these cups will definitely add to the taste of the tea.
Hillel Krauss says that according to the Japanese traditions, the tea pot, the cups, the cooling vessels, the tea coasters and the cloth are all put on a tray. The size of the tea cups are very important aspect of serving the tea from the Japanese tea garden because, it is said, that smaller the cups, the better is the quality of the tea served.