We, Japanese usually take a bath at night. On these cold days, I often feel like having a cup of hot green tea after the bath. Just one cup. Cooling water when preparing or cleaning the teapot after use are not a big deal usually, but at this relaxing time, I find them troublesome just for one cup.
I don’t want to go through the proper steps for preparing, but I want to drink tea. I know this is something not to be proud of … but I found out other alternative!!
I just put a few tea leaves directly into a glass and add boiling water. That’s it. The amount of leaves is only one third of regular recipe. If you gently take sips from the surface, you won’t get much leaves coming into your mouth. The taste is not perfect but it’s still fine. Of course at the end, when you drink the bottom part, the tea gets stronger and a few leaves might slip into your mouth. But, it’s okay and I’m happy as far as I can have a cup of tea after bath.
I think I should be ashamed of myself as a qualified Japanese Tea Adviser to have tea with this barbaric preparation. I know you may want to advice me to use a tea strainer if I don’t want to wash the teapot. But, I don’t even want to wash the strainer either. I’m genius on thinking excuses, hahaha.