What's your favorite type of tea? With so many to choose from, it's hard to decide.
Lately, I've been on a green tea kick, but there are so many other wonderful flavors to choose from — white, oolong, black, herbal, rooibos and blends. There are chai teas, peach teas, mint teas and blueberry teas. There's tea for breakfast, caffeinated tea as an afternoon pick-me-up and tea to drink after eating dessert. Here, we're learning all about bitter tea — its cause and how to fix it — plus we're providing tips on making the perfect cup.
Tea can turn out bitter for a variety of reasons. The water may be too hot or too cool (though typically too cool water just leaves the tea tasting weak), the tea may have been stored in a wet environment (tea is best stored in cool, dark and dry areas), the teapot may not have been cleaned properly or you may have brewed your tea for too long.
More specifically, there are natural chemicals in tea leaves that lead to the bitter taste. These chemicals are polyphenols, which cause tea to taste astringent (think red wine), and theophylline, which is what specifically causes the bitterness.
Whether you brewed your tea for too long, stored your tea improperly or used water that was just a tad too hot, your tea is bitter, and you need a solution. To fix bitter tea:
Remember, bitter tea is caused by not brewing it properly. Master the art of brewing the tea, and you'll never experience bitter tasting tea again. A few tips include:
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