A Cool Customer: Everything You Need to Know About Cold Green Tea
Not a fan of hot green tea? Or, maybe you are looking for something to drink when the weather is hot.
If so, you probably stumbled across cold green tea.
Since this is still a relatively new trend, you may not know all that much about it.
This includes whether it is good for you or even how to make it.
Well, fortunately for you, this is your one stop shop for everything related to this icy beverage.So, on this note, let’s get started!
What is Cold Brew Green Tea?
First things first, what is cold brew green tea? Is it the same as iced green tea?
No, it isn’t.
Iced green tea is when you brew hot green tea and then allow it to cool in the refrigerator.
With cold brew green tea, though, there is no hot water involved.
Instead, you allow the green tea to steep in cold water for an extended period of time.
As a result, you get a drink that isn’t as watered down as iced tea.
Is It OK to Drink Cold Green Tea?
Now, the concept of cold green tea can seem rather unusual.
Thus, you may be concerned whether it is alright for you to drink or not.
Here’s the good news: it is perfectly fine to enjoy this beverage!
In fact, cold brew green tea is chock-full of healthy benefits. You can learn all about this in the section below…
Cold Brew Green Tea vs. Hot - Does Cold Green Tea Have the Same Benefits?
As you are probably well aware, green tea has a whole host of benefits when it is brewed hot.
However, there is some confusion regarding whether these same advantages are seen with cold green tea.
Well, the good news is that cold brewed green tea does retain many of the antioxidants that hot green does.
This means that you can enjoy the same health benefits when drinking cold brewed tea. These include:
- Potential for preventing cancers
- May protect your brain
- Could reduce the risk of diabetes
- May help to prevent cardiovascular disease
- Can improve dental health
- Could extend lifespan
Nevertheless, it is slightly lower in some antioxidants, but not to a significant degree.
It should also be noted that cold green tea has less caffeine than the hot drink.
When green tea is prepared using the cold brew method, it is less bitter and astringent.
As such, it is far more pleasant to drink, particularly if you don’t like the taste of hot green tea.
Thus, cold brew green tea could encourage more people to drink green tea, on a more regular basis.
Hot or Cold Green Tea for Weight Loss
There are many people who drink green tea for weight loss.
So, does cold green tea help you to lose the same amount of weight as hot green tea?
First, let’s take a look at the components of green tea that aid weight loss.
One of these is known as catechins. Of these, the ECGC components is what bolsters weight loss.
So, since hot and cold green tea have comparable amounts, weight loss should be similar.
However, there is the caffeine content to consider as well.
Research has shown that caffeine can be a mitigating factor in weight loss. It certainly is with green tea.
Unfortunately, as mentioned, cold green tea has lower amounts of caffeine.
Due to this, it may not be as effective in helping you to lose weight.
How to Make Cold Green Tea
Now, let’s take a look at how you can make your very own batch of cold brew green tea.
What You Will Need
- Loose Leaf Green Tea: loose leaf tea is often of a higher quality, resulting in a better tasting brew. In some instances, this tea may be healthier as well.
- Green Tea Teabags: you can also use green tea teabags if you wish. Make sure that they are of a high-quality kind. Since you will be using the cold brew method, you should use a teabag that doesn’t have a string.
- Cold Filtered Water: filtered water helps you to brew tastier tea and so, is preferred. For this method, you will need cold water. So, avoid boiling the water beforehand.
- Glass Container with Lid: with a glass container, there is no risk of the material imparting any taste on the tea. Since the tea will be left in your refrigerator for an extended period, a container with a lid (preferably an airtight one) will prevent other odors from mixing with the brew.
The Cold Brew Green Tea Recipe
Step 1: Add the Tea and Water
Measure out the tea leaves into the container or simply add the tea bags.
Then, pour in the required amount of water.
Seal up the container and place in the refrigerator.
Step 2: Allow the Tea Leaves to Steep
Let the tea steep for 3 hours.
It is important to set a timer for this.
Green tea is a very delicate tea. If you steep it for longer than 3 hours, you may end up with a bitter tasting tea.
Step 3: Strain the Tea Leaves
Once the tea has steeped for a desired amount of time, it must be strained.
Pay attention to the size of the tea leaves and use an appropriately sized strainer.
This will prevent from any leaves or sediment being left behind in the tea.
If you are using teabags, simply fish the sachets out of the tea.
Step 4: Serve
Divide the tea into two glasses and enjoy.
If you wish, you can add ice. However, you should note that this may eventually dilute the taste of the tea.
Storing Cold Green Tea
Once the tea has undergone the cold brew method, it is important to continue to keep it in a glass container with a lid.
The drink should continue to be refrigerated.
On average, you should be able to keep cold brewed green tea for about 4 days.
However, make sure to check on the freshness before consuming.
If the tea smells off or if there are ropy strands in the drink, discard it immediately.
This is all that you need to know about cold green tea. Now, you can whip up your own batch and enjoy it any time that you like!
Dr. Dheena Sadik
Consultant Nutritionist and Dietician
Dr. Dheena Sadik is a consultant Nutritionist and Dietician. She has over a decade of experience in the health and fitness industry. However, her love for tea began long before she understood the health benefits of tea. Growing up in Sri Lanka, Dheena had the privilege of being surrounded by the world-famous Ceylon tea. This is what got her started on her exploration of the various types of tea. She has now extensively tasted and examined teas from all over the world.