Brewed konacha has an intense green color and a strong taste.
Green tea’s components are quickly dissolved in water because of the tiny pieces, hence the brewing time should be short to avoid a taste that’s too strong.
Also, the number of infusions is low, expect no more than two infusions with konacha.
Is konacha any good?
However, the pieces often come from good-quality tea leaves, provided that they come from gyokuro or sencha.
What this means is that the chemical components are the same as in more expensive teas, so health-wise it’s not inferior at all.
If you like teas with delicate flavor, then konacha is probably not for you. As its dark color suggests, it has high astringency and bitterness.
But did you know that you can still drink konacha without the bitter flavor?
That way the bitterness is diminished and the tea acquires a roasted flavor and aroma. It is also used as an ingredient in a Japanese dish: chagayu.
How to brew konacha:
Brewing konacha is easy. Use a teaspoon (4 gr) of konacha per person and put into your kyusu (Japanese teapot).
Then heat 120 ml (4 oz) of boiling water per person and pour directly into your kyusu.
Wait for no more than 30 seconds and serve into each cup.