How to Solve the Biggest Problems with Green Tea


 Feb 13, 2016 |  Written by Anupa Mueller

You've all heard it - Green Tea is good for you.  But when you go to drink it, you hate it.  It's too bitter, too vegetal, too bland.  Here's some background and then the basic tips on how to fix it.

First - the background.  In this country, most people grew up knowing black tea, whether hot or iced.  Add to that, they began with teabags.  Making a good cup of tea with loose leaf tea had to be learned.  Just about everyone started this journey with black tea.  Then came all the media coverage on Green Tea.  So it is no surprise that when people transitioned from black to green tea, they assumed all they had to do was replicate the experience.  Wrong!  Green Tea needs a careful, light hand.

So here are the tips:

  - Use less leaf than Black Tea - read the directions. A good tea vendor will always provide steeping directions which should include how much tea to use per cup.
  - Don't steep Green tea in boiling water.  Let the water cool.  160-170 degrees is ideal.  The cup gets better as it cools.
  - Steep for 2 minutes and remember, most Green teas can be re-infused.  

Master these three tips and you will find a world of Green Tea at your fingertips.

Comments

I personally find green tea gives its best with perhaps slightly more leaves per cup, and very short infusion times. Do like the Japanese and warm the pot first, wet the leaves with initial cool water, then add the rest to temperature. Important to drain the teapot completely with each service, that way you’ll get multiple infusions and its never bitter. Plus Its fun to watch the flavours evolve with each round.

Posted by pantherred on Feb 19, 2016 10:12 AM

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