CHINA GREEN TEA is a fantastic choice if you want to ex […]
CHINA GREEN TEA is a fantastic choice if you want to explore new taste sensations, but you’ll want to steer clear of these common mistakes:
Using excessive temperatures
Steeping loose leaf tea for too long
Expecting low-quality green tea bags to yield high-quality tea
When you brew green tea, excessive heat or over-steeping will result in a bitter, tannin-rich tea. An instant digital probe thermometer and a simple kitchen timer are valuable tools when you’re brewing tea!
You can achieve the correct water temperature by boiling the water, then pouring it into a separate tea pot and resting it for a few minutes before adding your tea leaves.
The higher the tea grade, the lower the temperature should be, generally speaking. High-quality tea, brewed properly, is not bitter.
As a rule of thumb, steep your tea between 145 and 180 degrees Fahrenheit (approximately 62-82 degrees Celsius) for one to three minutes. The length of steeping varies from tea to tea (covered in the next section) but you can experiment to find your favorite duration.
Finally, most varieties of bagged green tea you find in the grocery store will not yield high-quality tea. The small bags constrict the tea leaves during steeping, and they usually contain lower-quality, machine-processed tea leaves. Also you want to stick to green tea blends that have natural flavors only, no preservatives or additives.
For the optimal tea-drinking experience, you’ll want to go with premium loose leaves, or you can try tea crystal sachets as a more convenient option that doesn’t sacrifice any quality. We always recommend sticking to USDA organic tea, so you can be certain there are no pesticides in your cup.