Does Your Cup Of Green Tea Taste Bad? 4 Things You May Be Doing Wrong

Green tea is not supposed to taste bitter if prepared with care. Here are 4 tips that will help you make a flavorful cup.


Every once in a while you might observe a slight deviation in the taste of your cup of green tea. Or, does it taste bitter all the time?! Green Tea consumption for its health benefits is a relatively new phenomenon in India, and most people who drink green tea on a regular basis may assume that it’s not supposed to be a tasty, aromatic beverage, that it is supposed to taste bitter and have a strong aftertaste. Well, let us break that myth for you today! Green tea is a lightly flavored beverage that can be enjoyed by everyone, whether or not you are drinking it for the many health benefits of green tea should not come in the way of having a flavorful, aromatic cup of tea. We did a review for the most affordable green tea brands and found that some of them actually taste great, and have the perfect aroma and mouthfeel. (Read the full review here) But even after you have bought yourself the best brand, it’s important that green tea is  brewed in the right way. Typically, Green tea, a non-oxidized type of tea, has a grassy taste, and when prepared the right way, can have some hint of fruitiness to it.

Here are few things that you could be doing wrong while preparing your cup of green tea:

1. Using Bad Tea

As the base ingredient for your cup, it is important for you to first take a note of the green tea that you have purchased. Check the expiry date of the package, and make sure that it does not exceed the date of your consumption.

2. Infusing The Tea Bag For Too Long

If you think that your cup of green tea tastes too watery or too bitter, then it is probably because you have not steeped it for the right amount of time.

The time for the infusion of the green tea leaves is usually given at the back of the package with which it is bought, and it’s crucial that you follow it.

The average time for the infusion of the green tea leaves for a perfect cup of tea is 2-3 minutes, and it should be neither less nor more than that, unless said so on the packaging.

This applies when steeping green tea leaves as well. If you buying loose green tea leave then sign by steeping the leaves for an average of 2-3 minutes. One or two cups along and you should know if you need to increase or decrease the amount the infusing time.

3. Water Temperature

The water temperature plays an important role while preparing a cup of green tea, as the level of infusion is determined by the temperature of water. A higher temperature of water might result in a higher absorption of chlorophyll by the water, which might make your green tea taste bitter, whereas, if the temperature is lesser than the required temperature, then cup of green tea will turn out to taste watery.

Any tea- master will tell you that you should never use boiling water to infuse green tea (bags or tea leaves). The apt temperature is between 80-90 degrees. However, we know that it’s not possible to stand with a food thermometer to check temperature every time! Simply allow freshly boiled water to cool for a few minutes and then use it to infuse the tea.

Related Reading: We review products over days, and sometimes weeks, so you can shop better. Read our Best Everyday Green Tea Leaves Review here.

4. Check The Quantity Of Tea

It is important to add an adequate amount of green tea leaves to the hot water for the process of infusion. If the quantity of green tea added is more, then the resultant tea would taste bitter, and if the quantity is less, then the resultant would taste bland and might not feel as strong as expected.

If you are watchful of these 4 important aspects of brewing green tea, then there is way your cup pf green tea wouldn’t taste good! Your next best cuppa, is just a few steps away. Cheers!

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