Did you know that green tea is made from the same tea leaves as black tea? The only difference is that black tea leaves are fermented, generating their robust flavour profile, while green tea leaves are not. As a result, green tea leaves are more delicate, with a more grassy, fresh and sometimes sharp taste profile. Some of this bitter or sharp taste is due to how people prepare their cup of green tea. Boiling water can actually ‘bruise’ the green tea leaves, causing a bitter taste. Also, letting green tea steep for a long time can contribute to a harsher taste, as more of the tannins come through.
To create a better tasting cup of green tea, simply follow Tetley's 80:80 rule:
80 degrees - Steep your green tea bag or leaves in 80-degree water, don’t boil it. The best way to do this is by stopping the kettle before it reaches the boiling point. Another method to do this is by letting the water reach its boiling point and then add a splash (one tablespoon) of cold water to the cup before placing the tea bag in it.
80 seconds - Steep your green tea bags for 80 seconds or less, if you want to enjoy all the benefits of green tea without the bitterness.
We have a wide range of green teas that you can use to try out this rule. Whether you are looking for flavours or the fresh taste of 100% Steamed, or decaffeinated green teas, Tetley has something in store for you! Check out our green tea selection, here.
Try our 80:80 rule for yourself and see if it helps! We would love to hear from you on our Facebook page after you give our recommendations a try, or if you have any other tips for making a better tasting cup!