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.

10 Responses to “The Top 6 Ways to Make Simply Awful Green Tea”

  1. 1 little g

    what about how to make yummy green tea?

    what are the best sweeteners? or none?

  2. Hello little g,

    Personally, I don’t add sweeteners to green tea, and would recommend that you don’t either. However, if you simply must have your green tea sweetened (and a lot of people do), you could try adding a bit of honey.

    Check out my post on the Southern Classic – Sweet Tea.


    The Simple Leaf

  3. Sigh. i was a dumbo and went and bought Bigelow organic green tea…. i was brought up on Chai and ONLY Chai… so green tea is being , basically a traitor to my “tea culture” i have just started drinking it.. and honestly it tastes like hot water. thats it.
    but… i know its healthy and so i tried this …and first few times i felt so miserable because like you mentioned on that list of yours. use boiling water to make it disgusting!!! i did!! going to be more careful when i make it from now on…. didnt realise you couldnt massacre a green teabag and still enjoy a cuppa like you can with good old black tea!!

    another thing.. ever since i started drinking green tea…. my throat feels really dry … is it related?
    thanks for the awesome tips!!

  4. 4 Scott

    Great tips! I’ll surely remember this information next time i want to make some really wretched tea 😉

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