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How to prepare delicious Sencha ( instructions are for 3 people; using tea of superior quality )
Necessary items: Kyusu ( tea pot ); 3 tea cups, Sencha tea, tablespoon

1.A kyusu ( Japanese tea pot ) with a 200-300 ml capacity is most appropriate for brewing Sencha .
The volume of the pot shown on the photograph is about 250 ml.
A predetermined focus on preparing the best tea possible will naturally help you to provide your guests with delicious tea.

2.Cool off the temperature of the hot water (1)
In order to achieve the genuine flavor of Sencha it is important to let the boiled water cool off first. Therefore first pour the boiled water into the empty kyusu (tea pot).
The initial temperature of the boiled water is approxiamately between 90-100 degrees celsius.
Pouring it first into the kyusu will cause the temperature to decline to about 80-90 degrees celsius.

Caution: Pouring the hot water directly on the tea leaves without letting it cool off first will cause your tea to have a bitter taste!


3.Cool off the temperature of the hot water (2)
Pour the water from the kyusu ( tea pot) into the three tea cups. This will further reduce the temperature by about 10 degrees. It will now measure around 70-80 degrees celsius. This is the right temperature for good sencha!

4.Put sencha leaves into the kyusu
Now insert the tea leaves into the tea pot. The amount should be around 2 tablespoons ( 6- 8g ) of tea.
Of course, the amount may vary, depending on your taste.

5.The amount of tea should look like this
The picture shows what 8 g of superior Sencha should look like in the pot.
It might seem to be more than you have imagined, but if you use quality tea leaves a larger amount will produce a very deliciously tasting tea!

6.Pour hot water on the leaves
When the temperature of the hot water in the cups has declined to about 70 degrees celsius pour the water on the tea leaves in the tea pot. The amount of water should be around 170 ml. With these particular cups ( for sencha ) emptying all the water from the three tea cups
into the tea pot will be just the right amount for your tea.
Let the tea infuse for about one and a half minute ( 90 seconds).

7.Pour the tea into the cups
After 90 seconds of steeping time pour the tea into the cups. When serving several cups of tea ( like 3 cups in our example) pour a little into each cup alternately so the richer tea at the bottom of the pot will be distributed evenly between all cups.
 
1The photograph shows how to pour just a little into each cup in the sequence of 1-2-3.
( Do not fill one cup at a time! )
2After you reached cup 3 go back in the order of 3-2-1. Then again pour according to the sequences:
1-2-3, 3-2-1.
 Caution: Pour until not a single drop is left in the pot. The leaves should be as dry as possible.
Shaking the last bit of water out can help. These leaves will now make better tea in the next infusion(s).

8.Pouring to the last drop - finished!
Please enjoy the unique balance between astringency and sweetness that is the trademark of Sencha tea.

For a second or third infusion use water with higher temperature and shorten the time of the infusion. Tea of superior quality can be used for three infusions.
***Methods to recycle the used tea leaves ****
Please note that the above instructions for brewing tea are merely our suggestions. The taste of tea is subject to one's own likings. Please continue to 'experiment' in order to find the taste that is most fitting to your own preference.







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