Struggling on “How to make Green Tea taste good?”
The first time I tried green tea, I could not finish a cup of it.
I remember my first introduction to the world of green tea (it was organic tea bags) through a colleague at the office. I was already curious about trying it and have seen some senior folks at office sipping more than one cup throughout the day. To be very honest the first cup tasted horrible.
I am into the club of green tea members at the office now and I am sharing below how even you can make green tea taste good and also enjoy its health benefits without compromising on its taste.
I would suggest you try at least 4-5 ways, it takes a few cups before you develop a liking to this amazing drink.
Table of Contents
- Use Good Green Tea Leaves
- Use The Correct Brewing Temperature and steep time
- Add A Natural Sweetener
- Add Spearmint or Peppermint to your Green Tea
- Flower petals with Green Tea
- Green Tea with some lemon juice
- Green Tea with Tulsi leaves
- Use Dried fruit to flavor Green Tea
- Ginger with Green Tea
- Cold-brewing your Green Tea for a better taste
Use Good Green Tea Leaves
Do you know the types of green tea available in market? The brands are huge in numbers and so are the types of green tea. If you want to brew a cup of nice green tea, you should not go wrong about the leaves you are using. Below are the few types based on the place of origin and harvesting technique:
- Bi Luo Chun: Native to China, this tea has a sweet, vegetal taste.
- Gyokuro: A high grade Japanese shade-grown green tea, loved worldwide. It perfectly displays the taste of umami.
- Hōjicha: A roasted Japanese tea of leaves and stems. The type is loved by coffee lovers due to its distinctive woody flavor and is also low in caffeine.
- Longjing: Very popular in the United States, it’s a Chinese tea that has a sweet, mild, chestnut flavor.
- Genmaicha: It’s a tea blend common in Japan. The tea blend is made with the puffed rice and this type has a sweet, roasted, vegetal taste.
- Jasmine: A tea blend that is favorite among green tea lovers. The aromatic Jasmine flavors add a soothing blend to the green tea.
- Sencha: This is a popular variant of green tea in Japan. It has a very natural grassy flavor.
- Matcha: Its a powdered tea made in Japan. Matcha has a bittersweet flavor.
The above are just the types from which you can choose your liking, however, whichever type you choose make sure they have been procured as recent as possible.
Use The Correct Brewing Temperature and steep time
The temperature plays a critical role as you should never expose green tea to boiling water. The correct temperature to add varies based on the harvest and the type of green tea being used. A general guideline is to use somewhere between 140°F – 185°F. If you have no idea about the temperature of water in use, you can use a thermometer to measure it.
As for the steeping time the longer you let it, the bitter it gets. But with bitterness also comes the health benefits that green tea can provide. You can, therefore, let it sit for somewhere between 2-4 minutes as per your preference.
Add A Natural Sweetener
General feedback of the first time green tea drinkers is that its too bitter. If you have a similar notion you can use any of the natural sweeteners mentioned below. It’s a good idea to start green tea with some added sweetness and then later reduce the quantity being added.
Honey: A natural goodness that can take away the bitterness and add flavor and sweetness. A quarter of teaspoon should be sufficient.
Brown Sugar: With some health benefits you can use it in place of regular white sugar. I have already compared the two in this article.
Stevia: It’s a natural herb and a less popular form of sugar. Stevia is a lot sweeter and very low in calories compared to regular sugar, so make sure not to overdose.
Maple Syrup: Maple syrup is again a good choice as it’s nutty flavor can make your green tea taste amazing
Add Spearmint or Peppermint to your Green Tea
If you are calorie conscious and don’t want to add any of the sweeteners, you still have a lot of choices left. There are various forms of mint you can add to your green tea. The degree of mintiness you want to add to your cup depends on the type of mint form you are using. You can try either of the below:
Spearmint: This type of mint is low in methanol(the compound that adds the cooling sensation to mint leaves). If you don’t enjoy the minty flavor you can use this to adjust your green tea bitterness.
Peppermint: This has a more intense “minty” flavor than peppermint. Generally, peppermint consists of 40% methanol whereas spearmint only about 1%. If you want to add the coolness factor and make green tea taste better, try peppermint with green tea next time.
Flower petals with Green Tea
If you enjoy flowery smells there is great news for you. This is already a proven way to soften your green tea bitterness as a lot of brands have already rolled out the flower petal blends green tea in the market. fresh petals from the following can be added :
Jasmine: One of the most loved variants as who on earth does not enjoy the smell of fresh jasmines. Try this one out whenever you are drinking the next cup.
Lavender: I love lavender however find it too dominating when coupled with green tea. Try for yourself and let me know if you enjoyed it.
Chamomile: This one needs a special mention as it’s my all-time favorite bed drink. The Chamomile green tea is rich in L-theanine ( it’s a relaxant that gives the tea its calmness effect ). It thus provides medicinal benefits along with a soft flowery smell to your green tea.
If you have trouble sleeping try this before bed and you’ll sleep like a baby.
Hibiscus: Not tried personally but is also an option if you want to give it a try.
Green Tea with some lemon juice
If you want to avoid any form of flavor and rather enjoy a tangy drink you can use some citrus fruit for the purpose. A few options you have are lemon and orange.
Lemon in green tea: Twisting a slice of lemon will help you get rid of bitter green tea flavor. You can also couple it with a small amount of honey. Just remember that adding lemon juice might increase the acidic level of the green tea, so use only in a controlled amount.
Orange to lift green tea taste: You can use orange peel and add some citrus flavor to your cup of green tea. This will give a fruity punch to your cup of health and might be your next favorite.
Green Tea with Tulsi leaves
Tulsi leaves widely known as basil leaves (Ocimum sanctum) is native to India and is used to cure a bunch of diseases. It’s an antioxidant-rich tonic that increases energy levels while cooling and balancing your senses. Traditional medicines use it to boost immunity level which in turn helps you fight various diseases like common cold, cough, and flu.
If you want to create one good habit this year start drinking green tea with tulsi leaves today. There are innumerable benefits that a blend of these too can provide you. You will also experience natural health and energy boost throughout the day.
Use Dried fruit to flavor Green Tea
As the demand for green tea is increasing people are coming up with innovative ideas to reduce the harshness of original green tea leaves and blend it with some fragrance and flavor. Using fruits is one way that serves both the purpose, additionally, it also adds to the health benefits that a cup of green tea can provide.
Few of the options available are :
The dried form of any of the fruits above can be mixed and allowed to steep when preparing green tea.
Ginger with Green Tea
I have separated this option because it deserves the praise. Ginger root is a household vegetable and is known for its anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory properties besides tons of other health benefits.
Ginger is already loved in Chai-Tea and also is a great combination to green tea.
I use a small amount of grated ginger and add it to the water when boiling. This mixture can then be filtered and added to your green tea leaves to steep. To further level up the experience I sometimes squeeze a slice of lemon.
Make sure not to add boiling water to the leaves for the reasons described in the article above.
Cold-brewing your Green Tea for a better taste
If you don’t want to add anything and only enjoy green tea, this option is for you. The cold drink takes away the bitterness and adds a smooth texture to our green tea. Below is my preferred way of cold-brewing my green tea:
Use high-grade loose-leaf tea and add it to your glass.
add ice till the top and let it sit undisturbed
when the ice has melted strain the leaves through a mesh sieve.
your cold-brew green tea is ready to be served.
This gives a very delicate, smooth and sweet cup of tea that you can enjoy. The only thing you should not do is use tea-bags in the process.
Green tea is without a doubt a very healthy drink that you should start having. It is often referred to as ‘liquid gold’ because of the health benefits it has. It can boost metabolism, aid in weight loss, improve digestion and even prevent cancer.
The only problem with green tea a few people face is the bitterness it has and in this article, I have tried to mitigate that issue in multiple ways.
To make your green tea taste good you can add any of the natural sweeteners- honey, maple syrup, stevia, etc or you can use flower petals like lavender, chamomile, hibiscus, and jasmine. If you don’t want to complicate your preparation, you can simply use ginger, lemon or tulsi while preparing green tea.
I have also covered other factors such as water temperature and steep time just to make sure nothing goes wrong when you are trying it out next.
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Thanks for reading 🙂