Originally Posted by milkpowder
Thanks! That's a hell of a lot of preparation. I simply don't have all the "gear" to maximise the "performance" of the Gyokuro. It might be a bit of a waste...
All you really need is a nice little (preferrably good Japanese) teapot, nice little tea cups, warm the pot and cups with boiled-and-slightly-cooled water, empty the pot, put leaves in pot, pour little cups "full" of slightly more cooled water into the pot with leaves, steep approx. 2 minutes, pour gently into cups, and enjoy. You can get a good sense of how much to let the boiled water cool with a little practice. Certainly no steam coming off the water, and preferrably 50-60 Celsius (or 120-140 Fahrenheit) -- well below boiling, but certainly not lukewarm.
After the first pot the leaves will have opened, and the 2nd infusion will get strong very quickly, so no more than 30 seconds or so.
The third pot takes a bit longer -- about a minute.
Again, I'm not a tea master by any means (just a hack who likes green teas), but it's not so challenging -- unless you do wish to develop your art of tea (Chanoyu).Chanoyu - Tea Ceremony - Hot Water For Tea...