Learn To Love Green Tea

Have you ever gotten super excited about a new green tea, only to be disappointed with a bitter tasting brew? Don’t worry… you’re not alone. It’s actually a fairly common problem, and one that can easily be solved.

Every day, we meet customers who aren’t fans of green tea. Usually, it’s because they find it too astringent. But by adjusting two little steeping parameters – water temperature and steeping time – we’ve seen even the staunchest green tea dismissers fall passionately in love this terrific tea type.

Burn Notice

As you can imagine, green tea leaves is are particularly sensitive. Put them in overly hot water, and the leaves will burn. This releases an excess of tannins, which is what causes that bitter taste. Steep green tea too long, and the same thing will happen.

So what can you do to prevent your green tea from turning bitter?

Play it Cool

The first thing is to use the right water temperature. Depending on the tea, this means water between 74ºC (165ºF) and 85ºC (185ºF). If you don’t have a thermometer handy, simply boil your water then let it sit for 5-8 minutes. This should be enough time for the water to cool down to the right temp. Alternatively, if you’re boiling water in a pot, a good visual cue is when the water starts to form small bubbles.

Short and Steep

For steeping time, “short and sweet” are the magic words. Try steeping between 1-3 minutes, and you’ll immediately notice a difference in taste. Your tea will be light, yet flavourful, with subtle notes shining through the cup.

Follow these simple steps, and you’ll learn to love green tea about as quickly as it takes to make a cup.

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7 Responses to Learn To Love Green Tea

  1. Janet April 6, 2015 at 2:09 am #

    Very helpful!! THX for sharing:)

    • DAVIDsTEA April 10, 2015 at 2:23 pm #

      Cheers Janet! Hope it helps you steep the perfect cup 🙂

  2. DorothyMacdonald April 6, 2015 at 1:46 pm #

    Please do not retire Santa’s Secret

  3. Isabelle P. April 11, 2015 at 6:24 pm #

    Thanks a lot for information.
    Cannot wait to use it for my next cup of tea.
    By the way, can you advise the same for white tea?
    Also for chocolate tea: I love chocolate and I love tea, but not chocolate tea… Am I doing wrong when brewing it?

  4. Jk April 14, 2015 at 7:11 pm #

    I love all the green teas at david’s tea, but this will make them taste even better.

  5. gonegirl9 April 29, 2015 at 12:19 pm #

    I would love to see a flavored Matcha with cinnamon in it! How amazing would that Iced Matcha Latte be?!

    • DAVIDsTEA April 29, 2015 at 8:15 pm #

      Sounds delish! You could even try experimenting by adding a dash of cinnamon to a straight matcha 😀

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