Quick Method for Cold Brewing Green Tea

5 minute cold infusion green teaWe’ve seen how to cold brew green tea, that is, how to infuse without using hot water.

This type of infusion, while easy to do, takes a longer time that what we may want.

What if we need our cold tea in just 5 minutes?

The five-minute cold infusion

For two servings of iced green tea, you’ll need the following:

  • 10 grams of green tea leaves
  • 2 small glasses (or cups)
  • 240 ml (8 oz) of water at room temperature
  • ice
  • teapot (or infuser)

While this will work with any green tea, a fukamushi sencha is probably best because it dissolves easily and thus give off more flavor.

First add the tea leaves to the teapot, then pour the water and wait 5 minutes.

Give the tea inside the teapot a light swirl to make sure that it is thoroughly mixed.

5 minute cold infused green teaThen top each glass with ice, and pour the tea evenly. That’s it!

The green tea will have a lot of umami flavor, and very few bitterness and astringency.

However, this speed comes at a cost. You have to use more tea leaves to make up for the reduced infusion time and lower temperature.

Give it a try and tell me about it in the comments πŸ™‚


  1. Valeria
    August 30, 2016

    Thank you for the tips, Ricardo!
    And I am very glad for your “free holiday”! Please enjoy your trip and return to tell us everything about it!

    1. Ricardo Caicedo
      August 30, 2016

      Thank you for your comment Valeria.

      I will be reporting through this blog and my social media πŸ™‚

  2. Chip
    January 12, 2018

    Great idea! Do you think the speed alters the taste of the tea though? I know hot vs cold brewed tastes different to me but I’m wondering cold+fast would be different than cold+slow.

    Now I have to go try it and see πŸ™‚

    Thanks for sharing!

    1. Ricardo Caicedo
      January 12, 2018

      Hi Chip

      It tastes lighter if you do it quicker. That’s why it’s better to add a little more tea.


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