This simple brewing style is based on the traditional way farmers in Yunnan brew their own green tea.  Anyone can enjoy this method – all you need is a tempered glass tumbler, boiled water and your favorite green tea.  Free floating leaves allow you to enjoy their beauty as they dance and unfurl to create a more relaxed tea drinking experience.  Sprinkling the tender buds on the surface of the water also means your brew will stay sweet without becoming bitter, even after steeping for hours.

You will need:
– a tempered glass
– your favorite  loose leaf green tea
– water at 175°
– (optional) brew basket

IMPORTANT: Remember to always use tempered glass.  If you use untempered glass, your pitcher or glasses can crack and shatter with such hot water.

Step One: Boil Your Water to 175°

First, boil fresh filtered water to 175°.  We recommend using spring water or filtered tap water, as overly hard water or distilled water can make your teas taste flat.  If you do not have a temperature controlled water boiler or a handy thermometer, you can always bring your water to a full boil, and then let it cool.  You can speed up this cooling process by pouring your water from a height and then tossing the water back and forth between two tempered glasses.

Step Two: Fill Your Glass & Measure Your Tea

Fill your glass with your  175° water and set aside while your measure out your green tea.

We recommend using 4g of tea for 6-8oz of water.

Step Three: Sprinkle Your Tea into your Glass

Sprinkle your tea into your glass. The tea leaves will slowly sink and unfurl.  If you wish, you can speed up this process by swirling the water in your glass.

You can also use a brew basket if you would rather remove the tea leaves and halt the steeping.  Just measure your tea into the brew basket, and then place the brew basket in the glass of water.  After about one minute, remove and enjoy.

Step Four: Sip and Enjoy

Smell the steam until your cup becomes fragrant, usually 30-40 second, and start sipping.  You can use your breath to blow leaves away from the rim of the glass as you sip.  Enjoy slowly over a few minutes, as Jingshan tea doesn’t get bitter.  This allows you to experience various stages of brewing in one go.  When your cup gets low, fill back to the top with 175 degree water and keep drinking.