Green Tea, Tea Culture  |  6.13.2020  |  By Y. Morita

How to Brew the Perfect Cup of Sencha Green Tea


Sencha is one of the most delicious and aromatic of all green teas. Indeed, it is the most popular green tea in Japan and it goes well with medium and light meals, snacks and sweets. One of the most interesting aspects of sencha green tea is the ability to alter the flavor by changing the water temperature. Brewed with a higher temperature of water, it produces a more astringent tea whereas a cooler temperature results in a more mellow flavor.

How to Prepare the Perfect Cup of Sencha

Sencha yields its ultimate taste when brewed using simmered water for a shorter time in comparison to most other kinds of green teas.

If you try to brew your sencha green tea with water that is very hot or for a long time, then it will taste bitter. So, these little things matter a lot in order to prepare a perfect cup of sencha green tea.

You should keep the following in mind while brewing sencha:

  • Color – Light yellowish-green.
  • Flavor – Fresh vegetal, aromatic and mildly sweet.
  • Brew time – 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Brew Temperature – Tempered water (not boiling): 70-80 °C (158-176 °F)
  • How much tea is required: 1 teaspoon per cup: three grams per 200 ml cup.

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Follow the instructions below to brew the perfect cup of sencha green tea:

  1. Step 1: Start by adding sencha leaves to a teapot – 1 teaspoon per cup.
  2. Step 2: Add near-boiling water to all cups and allow to cool for two minutes.
  3. Step 3: After the water cools down, pour it from the cups into your teapot.
  4. Step 4: Brew for one to two minutes.
  5. Step 5: Finally, serve.

Pour a small amount of tea into each cup at a time and continue until you serve up all the tea in the pot. The Japanese strongly believe that even the last drop of this green tea tastes the finest. Needless to say, you can add hot water again to the teapot for a second or even a third brewing.

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Tips for A Good Cup of Sencha Every Time

  • Don’t shake, mix or stir while brewing
  • It is better if you don’t use an infuser. Loose sencha leaves make contact with water as they move more freely, which results in a richer infusion.
  • If your water does not taste good, then your sencha will also not taste good. Therefore, make sure to use fresh and good quality water which doesn’t contain lots of minerals. If you’re using tap water, then allow it to run cold for at least ten seconds before using it.
  • Don’t use a kettle made of aluminum. Aluminum is a very reactive material and can result in toxic contamination of the water. Ceramic, glass, stainless steel, cast iron, enamel or marble are non-reactive and non-toxic materials.

Happy brewing and enjoy your cup of sencha green tea.

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