6 Secrets to Better-Tasting Green Tea

Sometimes when I talk to people about blogging for Sei Mee Tea, I see a guilty look – and I know the next thing they will say: “I know I SHOULD drink green tea – it’s so good for you!  But I just don’t like the taste…”

Fortunately, most of the time, there is an easy answer! Here are my 6 secrets to better-tasting green tea.  Share these tips with the green-tea-sceptic in your life and see if you can convert them to a green-tea-lover. A simple habit of drinking green tea could transform their life.

 1. Quality matters. Many people think they don’t like green tea because they have only tasted low quality brewed green tea or ‘culinary quality’ matcha.  These products typically create bitter, thin-tasting drinks that aren’t very satisfying. Taking the time to source organically grown Japanese green teas is worth it – you will be rewarded with full-flavored and smooth beverages that don’t taste overly bitter or aggressive. SEI MEE TEA® is a trusted brand for the purity and flavor.

2. Find your brew. Green tea comes in many varieties, some grassy and fresh-tasting, some toasty and smooth. Coffee-lovers may prefer teas that have been roasted, while people who normally drink rooibos or herb teas might prefer deeply-steamed teas. Matcha, Matcha blends, Uji Matcha, and Sencha powder tea are all made from finely-powdered green tea leaves, but their taste and texture are quite different. Keep trying different varieties until you find your own favorite. SEI MEE TEA® offers Matcha blends, which are made with real herbs that are beneficial for themselves.

3. Brew it right – follow the package instructions for the best results.

   – Temperature: The ideal water temperature for brewing green tea varies by as much as 30 degrees, and none prefer truly ‘boiling’ water.  In general, water should be brought to a boil, then let stand for a minute or so before adding to the tea leaves. Or, pour boiling hot water in an empty cup, cool the water down to the ideal temperature, and use the water to make your cup of tea. Powdered green teas can be made in moments with cold, cool, or warm water, as you prefer.

   – Time: The steeping time for whole leaf green teas also depends on the type, and can vary between one minute to five minutes. When you brew the same leaf again, generally it’s recommended to use a warmer temperature and steep for a shorter time, as short as 10 seconds, as the tea leaves are already open. Leaving the tea to steep too long can result in a very bitter cup. No steeping time for powdered tea.

   – Ratio: Using too much or too little tea in your cup can lead to an unpleasantly strong or weak cup of tea. Start with 1 tsp loose leaf tea per 8 oz of water and adjust to your individual tastes. For powdered green teas, start with ¼ tsp per 6 oz water and adjust to your tastes.

4. Water is life. If your water doesn’t taste good, neither will your tea.  Use filtered water, ideally without chlorine or fluoride. Most people find that water with some mineral content makes a richer cup of tea, so avoid distilled water which can produce a somewhat ‘empty’ flavor.

5. Add a little something. Still not your favorite beverage? Feel free to spice it up! Adding healthy real foods and/or herbs that are familiar to you may entice you to drink to your health more often. Here are 8 examples to spark your creativity:

     – A squeeze of lemon

     – A few fresh mint leaves

     – A slice of fresh ginger

     – A slice of orange and a dash of cinnamon

     – A few berries (huckleberries are our favorite)

     – A few pieces of coconut flakes

     – A dash of turmeric powder and a pinch of black pepper

     – A dash of pumpkin pie spice

6. Sweeten things up. A little stevia, honey, or sugar can be added to soften the flavor and bring out the floral, fruity tones of green tea.  See this link for recommendations on sweeteners for your particular needs.

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