We know that tea is good for us but what if it doesn’t taste that great?
Buying expensive tea doesn’t necessarily give you the perfect cup of tea. There are a few factors that will affect the taste of your tea - the quality of the tea, how it has been stored and of course the brewing technique.
Preparing tea isn’t rocket science but it is also not as simple as adding boiling water to tea. You can end up with a bitter cup of tea and we know how frustrating that is!
Green tea has lots of health benefits. Many customers would like to drink more and ask us about the best way to brew green tea as they are sometimes disappointed with the flavour.
Don’t over boil your water. Once it reaches the boil remove from the heat and let it cool for a few minutes. It should be hot (c.80ºc) but not boiling.
Green tea does not require much steeping time. Brewing for too long will result in bitterness and a less balanced flavour. We recommend experimenting with a range of 1 - 3 minutes.
Japanese green teas generally taste best at 1 - 2 minutes while for Chinese green teas, that have a larger leaf, try 2 - 3 minutes. Balance steeping time with water temperature: the lower the temperature, the longer the tea can be steeped.
Strain your tea quickly – if the tea and hot water stay together the darker and more bitter your infusion will become.
Try some green teas and find what suit your taste buds – our new Green Tea Explorer offers you the opportunity to sample teas from our range.