Why Green Tea Shouldn’t Taste Bitter and How To Brew Green Tea
Article By: @MayKingTea
When I speak to people about tea, they often proceed to tell me that they either hate or love green ea. For those that hate green tea, I will ask the why and a common response is “because it tastes bitter.” The first thing to clarify is that green tea is a category of tea and not an actual type of tea. Further this bitterness they speak of could be due to a variety of reasons:
- The quality of the tea, as green tea in a tea bag often means that the leaves are broken. Broken leaves can create a bitter taste.
- The temperature used to make the brew may be too hot.
- The steeping time was too long.
When people taste my Lung Ching (Dragonwell) green tea that was made from using good quality leaves, correct temperature, correct steeping time with good quality water, they’re often surprised by the vegetal and nutty note of the tea as well as its delicate nature.
Green tea may not be everyone’s cup of tea but if it’s a matter of preparation, then I hope to change people’s perception of it cup by cup.
Note: Bitterness shouldn’t be confused with astringency, but that’s another post waiting to be written.