I just recently purchased a book from amazon's used section (I don't think this book is still in print), called "The Green Tea User's Manual", by Helen Gustafson. In it, she outlines each type of green tea, and then how to brew it using water from the stove, in which she calls "The Standard Pot Method". What I found helpful, was that she describes the 3 types of temperatures to look for:
1) When the bubbles look like tiny "Fish eyes", this is 160-180 degrees
2) When the bubbles break the surface or cling to the sides of the pan, this called "String of Pearls", and is 180-190 degrees
3) Finally, large bubles breaking the surface is "Turbulent Waters", at 190-210 degrees (not used for green teas)
Hope this helps.
A note for microwave users... I've read from other tea chatters who have no problems with microwaving water from the microwave. The only thing that could be an issue is if the odor from food previously heated in the microwave effects the odor/flavor of your tea.
I bought my mother in law something called a "One-Shot" from Walmart, because she kept burning the bottom of her tea kettles. It's a small, white, plastic appliance that heats a cup of water. You use your cup instead of a coffee pot to catch the hot water.
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