The Top 6 Ways to Make Simply Awful Green Tea
Instead of a “Top 5” or “Top 10” list, here’s my “Top 6” ways to make really awful green tea.
6. Using bad water
You need great water to make great tea, green or otherwise. Water with high concentrations of fluoride, chlorine or even hard water should never be used. Using anything other than fresh, filtered water (or mineral water) will guarantee your tea will taste like dishwater.
5. Using too much tea
How much tea did you use per cup? I suggest using about 1 teaspoon per cup of tea. Using too much guarantees your tea will turn out either too bitter or too strong. Here’s a nice tea measuring spoon that I use often.
4. Steeping too long
Steep your tea for 10 minutes and you’re guaranteed a cup of green tea that will taste like soap. Or really stale beer. Or worse. Most green teas require a very quick infusion – usually no more than 2 or 3 minutes.
3. Using a teabag
You thought they were convenient, but did you know you were buying the little bits of tea leaves that fall off as the whole tea leaves are being processed? Make sure you buy whole leaf green tea. You’ll be able to taste the difference immediately. Then you’ll wonder why people are still buying those supermarket brands.
2. Using not-so-fresh tea
This is a great way to guarantee awful tea. Make sure your tea is fresh. Ask your retailer or supplier when the tea was grown and how it was stored.
1. Using boiling water
If you haven’t yet managed to make awful tea, this is a tried and tested method. Remember, the golden rule for green tea is to use water that is cooler than boiling. Some Japanese green teas even require room-temperature water.
So there you have it. Next time you want some really awful green tea, just follow these simple steps.
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