Smoky Green Tea
This is a sublime replacement for coffee. While the fragrance is a subtle grassy aroma typical of green tea, the taste in the mouth carries an overtone of smokiness that is baked into the leaves in the process of firing. This tea is emphatic with astringency, but the after-taste is rather sweet. As you would expect from green tea, high percentage of caffeine is released in the steeping.
Steeping in a cup:
Infuse 1 heaping teaspoon of smoky green tea in one cup of hot water, 70 to 80 degrees celsius ( 180 Fahrenheit). Cover and wait 4-5 minutes for each infusion. Adjust steeping durations for different caffeine levels. These tea leaves should last a few infusions in the cup. Observe the change of flavor from one cup to the next. Filter bags are recommended.
Steeping with small tea pots:
Fill the pot with about 1/4 full of tea leaf, and apply water around 70 to 80 degree celsius (180 Fahrenheit).First infusion should be 90 seconds, second around 60 seconds, subsequent infusions should be progressively longer. Taste lasts at least 4 infusions. Adjust steeping durations for different caffeine levels. Observe the change of flavor from one infusion to the next.