Sebastian Freidank - 09. January 23

Green tea steeping time - How long does green tea have to steep?

1. Introduction to the importance of correct steeping time for green tea

Green tea and its brewing time has always been a difficult subject. It's important to understand that it's not just about the type of green tea you buy or the infusion method you use, but also the correct steeping time for your green tea.

The right steeping time is crucial to get the full effect of the tea and to maintain a pleasant taste. Most people think that all you have to do is pour boiling water over tea and let it steep for a few minutes - but the truth is, there's a lot more to it than that.

Each green tea has its own specific steeping time instructions, and even different infusion methods have different guidelines. Therefore, it is important to read the manufacturer's instructions carefully before getting started.


Table of contents

  1. Introduction to the importance of correct steeping time for green tea
  2. What is the best way to get the optimal effect from green tea?
  3. The different types of green tea and their steeping times
  4. Tips and tricks for a perfect infusion of the tea
  5. Conclusion: green tea and its brewing time
  6. Alternative to green tea without bitter taste


2. What is the best way to get the most out of green tea?

Getting the optimal effect from green tea can be a bit tricky. Many factors come into play, including the type of tea, the quality of the water, and the steeping time.

Because green tea offers so many health benefits, it's important to use the right steeping time to have the best possible experience. Green tea usually needs to steep for 2-3 minutes. This is the ideal steeping time to get the best flavor and health benefits from the tea. However, this is only very general and really only applies to standard tea!

It is therefore important to note that there can be differences depending on the type of tea and some types need to steep longer than others. So if you're trying a new variety of green tea, we recommend adjusting the steeping time and experimenting.

The type of water can also affect the taste of the tea. If you're using hard water, you can try diluting it with some distilled or boiled water. This gives you a smoother taste and releases the flavorings in the tea more easily. Even better is water from a reverse east mode system that you simply connect to your water line. Bottled water is good for the taste, but very questionable in terms of climate impact !

There are also different ways of brewing green tea - whether directly in a cup , in a tea strainer , teapot orthermos flask .

Regardless of steeping time and brewing method, all tea drinkers have the same goal: to get the best possible taste and health benefits from green tea! With the right technique, you can ensure your green tea is always fresh and flavorful - so you can enjoy the perfect cup every time!


3. The different types of green tea and their steeping times

Comparison of steeping times for green tea, black tea and guayusa tea

There are several factors that need to be considered when considering the steeping time of a green tea. These include the

  • strength of tea,
  • the temperature of the water and
  • The nature of the water
  • the way you want to serve the tea.

Here are some recommended steeping times for green teas:

  1. Below you will find green tea sprouts and their brewing times:
  2. Sencha usually takes 2-4 minutes;
  3. Gyokuro usually takes 3-5 minutes;
  4. Genmaicha usually took 2-4 minutes;
  5. Bancha usually took 1-2 minutes;
  6. Hojicha usually took 1-2 minutes

By the way, matcha is also green tea. However, the leaves are shaded before harvest and then ground up. Matcha is stirred into the water and drunk!

If the tea becomes cloudy or tastes bitter (which happens when you steep it too long), you should make sure to take the tea out of the water a little earlier next time. Of course, your personal taste also plays a role here – so experiment a little and find out what suits you best!


4. Tips and tricks for a perfect infusion of the tea

Another thing to consider is the ratio of tea leaves to water. A small amount of leaves will usually taste too intense for newcomers, whereas a handful is hardly enough for real green tea fans. Again, you need to experiment and find your personal preferences. You can look around for a tea house in your region, for example, and get good tips on individual varieties here.

Another tip for the perfect green tea preparation is to play with the number of infusions and the respective water temperature. You can brew some teas far more than just two, three, or four times. Boiling water is also fine with some types of tea, but not with others.


5. Conclusion: green tea and its brewing time

Finding the right steeping time for your green tea is very important as it affects the quality of the taste and the effect of the tea.

Most experts agree that the optimal steeping time for a standard green tea is between 2 and 3 minutes. However, you should consider your own preferences - many people like their tea to be a little stronger or softer, and this can vary depending on the variety. If you let your tea steep for too long, it will taste bitter and may also be uncomfortably hot. If it steeps too short, it may taste bland.

The brewing time of a green tea is therefore very important, but depends heavily on your personal preferences. The way it is prepared is just as important. Experiment with the water temperature, the type of water itself, and the teaware ( cup , tea strainer , teapot,thermos ).


6. Alternative to green tea without bitter taste

If you've read this article to the end, you're probably an avid tea drinker. At this point we would like to introduce you to Guayusa tea . Even if Guayusa does not come from the tea plant, i.e. Camellia Sinensis , Guayusa is also prepared with hot water.

Guayusa differs in particular in the taste and the ease of preparation compared to green tea. Guayusa does not taste bitter even with long brewing times and boiling water. Brewing times of 10 minutes to an hour are quite normal, without the taste or the effect changing negatively.

The effect of guayusa is longer-lasting and stronger than green tea due to its high caffeine content, as well as theobromine , theophylline , L-theanine and antioxidants . Guayusa has an alkaline effect and is therefore particularly good for the stomach. In terms of antioxidants, Guayusa tea has about twice as many, making it not only the most caffeine-rich leaf in the world, but also in antioxidants.

In our shop you will find many Guayusa varieties, from original Guayusa to fermented ones and mixtures. We are looking forward to your visit.

Guayusa tea

Organic Guayusa from GUYA is original Guayusa from Ecuador. You can order our Guayusa directly from our shop and have it delivered to your home.

GUYA is Europe's first and largest Guayusa brand that offers you a large selection of Guayusa products. Our versatile Guayusa blends bring variety to your everyday life, keep you awake, focused and relaxed at the same time.

Since 2016 we have been working directly with farmers from Ecuador without intermediaries and have learned a lot about the processing of guayusa.

We look forward to your Guayusa order. 

Powder Guayusa

Buy pure guayusa tea powder. Our Guayusa powder offers you a variety of preparations without losing the organic quality.

Our PURE Guayusa Powder is original Guayusa, but particularly finely sieved to extract the powder particles . You can use the Guayusa powder in preparation of  a latte, cappuccino, espresso or for smoothies and pastries.

With the use of our Dripper , Guayusa powder can easily be used to prepare tea. The dripper's has a double-walled sieve that prevents the powder particles from getting into your tea. This way you can enjoy a delicious Guayusa tea without tea leaves in the water.


The Guayusa sets contain all our Guayusa tea flavours  as well as our tea accessories.Purchasing Guayusa in Sets is a best way to save money because  the Guayusa is in cheaper price in Sets than when sold as an individual product.

Our Guayusa comes from Ecuador and is organically grown there and traded fairly by us.

Each Guayusa set is put together differently and offers you a cheap alternative to expensive individual orders. Choose from sets with a teapot, tea glass, thermos flask, tea strainer and our 7 Guayusa varieties.


Our high-quality tea accessories made from stainless steel and special borosilicate glass have a long service life and can withstand all temperatures unconditionally! Find the right tea accessory for you in our online shop!

The glass products, as well as our stainless steel tea strainers, are suitable for any loose tea. All products can easily be cleaned in the dishwasher or under running water.

You can buy our products individually or in a combined package at a lower price.

Our tea accessories online shop also offers you a large selection of Guayusa tea which all together, as a set, make   an excellent gift.

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