Tips for Brewing Green Tea

Tips for Brewing Green Tea

By Bruce Richardson

Follow these tips to brew the perfect pot of green tea.

  1. Fill the kettle with filtered cold water, and heat to less than a boil, approximately 180°.
  2. Warm a small teapot with hot tap water.
  3. Discard the water in the teapot.
  4. Using an infuser basket or tea sack/filter, add 1 rounded teaspoon of dry tea per cup of water to the teapot.
  5. Pour the water directly from the kettle over the leaves in the teapot.
  6. Steep for 2 to 4 minutes, according to taste. Remove the wet leaves to prevent overbrewing.
  7. An exceptional green tea may yield multiple infusions.


Bruce Richardson is the owner of Elmwood Inn Fine Teas and the author of The New Tea Companion. Read his blog at



  1. I enjoyed reading your articles very much as I sell loose-leaf teas for a Canadian Tea Co. and I am trying to learn as much as I can about the finer points of tea and the different ways of presenting it.


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