Tamara said

Green Tea suggestions

Hey everyone,

I’m looking to incorporate more green tea into my daily diet. I’m looking for some recommendations. I don’t like green tea that’s too bitter. I’ve found most of the tea I’ve tried is weak and slightly bitter. I understand that the water temp maybe a part of the problem, but I drink this at work so I can’t regulate the water temp. Also since I’m not home,I’d prefer a bagged tea for convenience. Thanks in advance!

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Unfortunately green tea needs a lower temperature or it will be bitter – green tea is delicate. I’d let the water cool or try cold brewing it in the fridge.

If want to stick to bagged teas – Harney & Sons and Lupicia do decent bagged tea, but loose tea is always much better quality and better bang for your buck. Actually – Lupicia does boiling water for greens, but the steep time is very short.

If you want a tea that could take a hotter temperature, a green oolong would work – if you want it bagged, I’d get it from a good retailer. I’ve had supermarket bagged oolongs that were so horrible I could of steeped cardboard for better flavor.

You can bridge into loose leaf with something like a disposable paper filter and fill it with your own tea http://www.amazon.com/T-Sac-Disposable-Paper-Filter-Count/dp/B001BLCIN4

Tamara said

Thanks for the info! I steep loose leaf at home, but I find it difficult to manage at work. I do like the disposable paper filter, so I may try that. I’ll also try cold brewing it… Or I may just have to make it at home and bring it in. It just won’t be fresh.

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Uniquity said

What I do for sensitive teas at work with no temp control is to pour the water and let it sit a couple minutes to cool it off before steeping. Takes longer but works great if you don’t mind ‘winging it’!

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you can buy bagged green tea at Asian stores. (Vietnamese green teas are a allround, basic green teas…) they usually also have (bagged) green Ceylon tea.

There is a great variety in green: Chinese, Japanese, Indian, Ceylon etc. each with a different taste.
Chinese Mao Feng is good start, it has a delicate taste, and doesn’t have an outspoken ‘green’ taste.

oolongs are my personal fave, esp. the light, green ones. They are more or less like green teas. not bitter at all, soft, creamy, milky, orchid … taste. You could give it a try.

Japanese teas are delicate, and have a vegatable/geen taste (which I love and prefer, but it’s not for everyone!)
(usually available at Asian markets as well (most the Chinese variation, but that is o.k. to start with, also in bagged version..)

I’d try a few to see what you prefer, the journey to finding the right tea for you will also give you more info on what teas there are on the market, and help you finding your personal preference.

and remember, do not use hot boiling water! (70/75 degrees C. at the most, any green tea will turn bitter when steeped too long in too hot water!

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Katiek said

I found the Mahamosa tea blends a nice introcduction to green tea for me. I found too many green teas just tasted grassy and not really my favorites. I liked a number of the Mahamosa blends, particularly lemon sencha, plum/pear green and goji blueberry pomegranate.

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