We’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
- 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.
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 🙂