How many cups can I prepare
from 1 bag/tin of your teas?
Gyokuro and sencha- 1 bag is usually 100g (3.5 ounces).
4g (1 level teaspoon) for 120 to 240cc (4 to 8 ounces depending on how strong you like your tea) of hot (no boiling) water. 25-40 cups can be made from one bag.
Matcha- For strong (thick) tea use one level teaspoon for 4 to 6 ounces of water. For medium (thin) tea use half or one quarter that amount. First put the powdered tea in the bowl. Then pour hot (not boiling) water over the leaves.
There are 2 types of matcha- koicha and usucha. These are chanoyu (Japanese Tea Ceremony) terms and literally translate as "thick" and "thin" tea. Houn no Ujii matcha is koicha, our less expensive Kyo Mukashi Matcha is usucha. You would probably use more tea when preparing Houn no Uji Matcha but it all comes down to taste. There are no rules and you should prepare matcha your way. It may take 2 or 3 preparation attempts to find the concentration that is right for you.
Teabags- Place the bag in a large cup and fill the cup with hot (but not boiling) water. Gyokuro and Sencha teabags should steep for 2 minutes. Hojicha should steep for 1 to 2 minutes.
Do not move the teabag back and forth during preparation (like you do with black tea). Simply let the bag sit for 2 minutes. If you would like extra strong tea move the tea bag back and forth gently after it has steeped for 2 minutes.
Sencha teabags can be reinfused several times. With gyokuro teabags we recommend no more than 2 infusions.
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