- Sendai Lemon Ginger Background
- Japanese Green Tea Preparation
Our Sendai Lemon Ginger Decaf is a Sen Cha Style Decaf tea with Lemon & Ginger. It is named in honor of the Tanabata Festival that takes place annually in Sendai, a city of 1 million located in Japan's Tohoku, or northeast region. The festival is a very romantic one that celebrates the meeting of the princess Orihime, daughter of the Sky King and her beloved Hikoboshi, a lowly cowherd.
Ingredients: Artisan decaffeinated green tea
Origin: Hunan, China; Blended by A Thirst for Tea
Water Temperature: 168-175
Water Quality: Best with Spring Water
Amount of Leaf (per 6 fl oz water): 1 tsp. (2.5 grams)
Steep Time: 1-3 minutes
Number of Infusions: 3
Most Japanese green teas may be prepared in a standard teapot, tetsubin, or in your favorite mug or lidded gaiwan. For best results, we recommend that you pre-warm your vessel, and place 2.5 grams of leaf per 6 oz of liquid, before infusing with 168-175 degree water for up to 1-3 minutes. As with all green teas, most Japanese green teas can be infused at least three times. Increase the time and temperature slightly with each subsequent infusion. Experimenting with your own temperatures and steeping times is encouraged, especially with such a forgiving tea. Cooler temperatures and shorter times yield more mellow, fruity elements, while hotter water and longer times produce more floral and full-bodied complexities. Always use the best-tasting water you can find, and adjust steeping times, quantity of leaves, and water temperature to your personal preferences.
We highly recommend brewing your tea in a teapot or mug with a removable infuser so that you can remove the leaves at the end of the steeping time. Whole leaf teas of this quality need room to unfurl and expand in the water in order to perform their "magic." If you don't have a removable infuser, you can brew the loose leaves directly in the pot. At the end of the steeping time, pour all of the tea into a warm serving pitcher or pot.