Green tea has a bit of a bad rep. You might have heard about it. Maybe you heard whispers that it’s bitter? Tastes disgusting? Goodness no!
We believe it’s being done a massive disservice and all because a lot of people are still in the dark about the best way on how to make green tea! Green tea can seem super confusing, but it’s our job to de-mystify it!
So how do you make green tea?
The secret to making the perfect green tea is all down to temperature and timing! Green tea is more delicate than black tea (which is also why it contains so much of the good stuff!), so it needs a bit of gentle handling.
Three top tips for making green tea taste nice:
- Be very careful about temperature: too hot and you’ll burn your leaves and that's what gives it the bitter taste! The perfect brewing temperature for green tea is around 80°c. We all don’t have fancy kettles with different temperature settings, so this can be done in a couple of ways. The simplest is to put a splash of cold water into your mug before you top up with freshly boiled water. Alternatively, you can switch the kettle off just before it starts boiling- as the noise of the kettle starts to increase.
- The next thing a beginner needs to know about green tea is that timing counts! Brew too long and you’ll have a bitter, acrid flavour that no-one enjoys. Ideally, green tea should be brewed for no more than 3 minutes. Once you’ve removed the tea leaves, you’re good to go!*
- Green tea is always best enjoyed without milk!
*We love and recommend our Brewdini for fuss-free, mess-free brewing!
The best green teas for beginners
Your ideal cup of green tea should have a ‘green and fresh' taste, as opposed to a bitter one: flavours can range from subtle to strong, grassy to vegetal and each variety of green tea has its own distinct flavour.
Bird & Blend’s range of green tea is a great starting point for trying the different varieties; our range of fun flavours mean that we have something for everyone!
A few easy tips to help you choose the blend for you: Japanese green tea would be typically steamed, which gives you almost an oceanic, fresh taste. Whereas Chinese green tea tends to be wok fried, or oven baked, giving it a more nutty flavour
Our recommended green tea blends for those new to green tea:
MojiTEA - A light & refreshing green tea, blended with peppermint & a hint of citrus lime.
Chinese Treasures - A more traditional green tea blend, inspired by the eight treasures tea to emulate a more typical Chinese flavour.
- Blue Raspberry - A fan-fave green tea blend, known for it's magical colour changing properties.
We have so many green tea blends for you to try, have fun and experiment with! Don't forget, we also have all the teaware you need to make a perfect cup of green tea!