To make a good cup of sencha tea, steep high quality sencha tea in water that has been boiled and cooled to temperatures between 162 and 180 degrees Fahrenheit. Because sencha requires minimal steeping, check the tea after steeping it for approximately 20 to 30 seconds to avoid over-brewing.
- Buy high quality sencha
Buy the best quality sencha tea available. Some varieties include shincha, which is made of leaves harvested in spring. Asamushi sencha is made from lightly steamed sencha leaves, which have a light, clean flavor. Fukamushi sensha is made from leaves that are deeply steamed, giving it a bolder flavor.
- Boil water
Add water to a pot or kettle, preferably using bottled or filtered water. Plan on using 1 cup of water for each cup of tea being brewed. Bring the water to a full boil over medium-high or high heat.
- Preheat teacups
Preheating the tea cups helps oxygenate and cool the boiling water. Pour water into one of the cups, and pass it back and forth between that cup and another until the water is 165 degrees to 180 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Brew the tea
Once the water is cooled, add 1 teaspoon of sencha tea for every 1 cup of water to a teapot. Allow the tea to steep for 20 to 90 seconds, or according to personal preference.