How To Brew Green Tea

22Jul06

Many people who say green tea tastes bitter may be surprised to learn that it might be because it’s not being brewed properly. A few simple problems typically arise, and can easily be rectified.

Problem #1: Boiling Water

Unlike black tea, which requires boiling water to release all the flavor and aroma captured in the leaves, green tea is far more delicate. Never use boiling water. The water should be cooler than boiling. How cool? About 170-180 degrees F should suffice. But don’t worry if you don’t have a thermometer handy (most of us don’t). Just let the water come to a rolling boil, then let it cool for about 2 minutes. It’s not rocket science.

Problem #2: Too Much Tea

People often put way too much green tea in their teapots. A recommended amount is about 1 teaspoon per 6 ounce cup of water. If you like your green tea stronger, go ahead and put a bit more in.

Problem #3: Oversteeping

This is probably the biggest mistake most people make. I typically don’t let my green tea leaves infuse for more than 3 minutes. Infuse even less if you like a light cup.

So the next time you make green tea, follow these simple guidelines and your tea won’t taste bitter.

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