Brewing Green Tea Twice: Why You Shouldn't Waste Your Tea Leaves

Brewing Green Tea Twice: Why You Shouldn't Waste Your Tea Leaves

Jonas Allen April 27, 2023

At The Organic Tea Project, we often receive feedback that our green tea is stronger than others on the market. This is due to a couple of factors. First, our green tea is the whole leaf, which offers a more nuanced and complex flavour profile compared to dust tea. Second, our tea is sourced directly from the tea garden and is much fresher than tea that has sat in auction houses for months.

But did you know that you can brew it twice? Green tea is a versatile and delicious tea that can be enjoyed in multiple cups, and re-brewing your tea leaves can save you money and reduce waste.

Here's how to do it:

  1. Brew Your Tea at 80 Degrees: One thing to keep in mind when brewing green tea is to always use water that is around 80 degrees Celsius. Boiling water can scorch the tea leaves and result in a bitter taste. To achieve the ideal temperature, boil your water and then add a dash of cold water to the pot before adding the tea leaves.

  2. Steep for the Right Amount of Time: When brewing green tea for the first time, steep the tea leaves for around two minutes. For the second brew, you can extend the steeping time to three or four minutes. This will allow you to extract the remaining flavor and nutrients from the tea leaves.

  3. Enjoy Your Second Cup of Tea: While the second brew of green tea may have less caffeine than the first, it retains the same great taste and aroma. Plus, by reusing your tea leaves, you're reducing waste and getting more value for your money.

Overall, brewing green tea twice is a great way to get more out of your tea leaves and enjoy a delicious cup of tea. By following these simple steps, you can make the most out of your green tea and enjoy a sustainable and cost-effective tea drinking experience. So why not give it a try today and enjoy a second cup of tea?