59 Tips and Flavors to Make Tea Taste Better

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Tea has been shown to increase metabolism, oxidize fat, and help you lose weight. However, tea doesn't always taste great. Luckily it's easy to make any type of tea taste more flavorful without sugar. Read on to learn tips, techniques, and what to put in tea. Includes: green tea, black tea, oolong tea, white tea, ginger tea, chamomile tea, kava tea, maté tea, rooibos tea, and herbal tea.

Looking to make a specific type of tea taste better?

Check out our guides focused on one type of tea:

For tips on how to make all types of hot tea taste good, read on.

Start by brewing your tea at the correct temperature.

The most common mistake people make when brewing green tea or white tea is they steep it in water that is too hot.

So what is the correct temperature to brew tea at? The exact temperature varies based on the type of tea, amount of tea, and your personal preference. This chart provides some solid guidelines.

In general, steeping at a higher temperature will extract slightly more caffeine (in teas that have caffeine) but will also extract more bitter flavors.

Tip: A simple, easy way to gauge the temperature of your water is with an instant read thermometer. They're one of our favorite kitchen gadgets. Instant read thermometers allow us to brew our tea or coffee at the perfect temperature. They're also useful for cooking to ensure that meals have reached the right internal temperature for food safety.

Don't steep your tea too long.

Like brewing temperature, steep time for tea is also subjective. The chart above is a good place to start but depending on your personal preference you might want to steep your tea shorter or longer. Steeping longer will extract slightly more caffeine but will also extract more bitter flavors.

Use the right equipment for loose leaf tea.

It's easy to find a simple, metal ball infuser for loose-leaf tea at a grocery store. However, we think grocery store steepers are usually inadequate for a few reasons:

For this reason we highly recommend the Stainless-Steel Mesh Finum Brewing Basket. It holds more tea than you'll ever need, fits perfectly over a tea cup, doesn't require opening/closing, and can handle finer tea leaves than grocery store steepers. It even makes half-decent cold-brew coffee.

Use filtered water for your tea.

Water quality is less important than tea quality, steep time, or brewing temperature. With that said, using better-tasting water can make a noticeable difference in how your tea tastes. This is particularly true with subtle tasting teas like white teas.

Add a sweetener, spices, or a thickener.

Freshly brewed, high-quality tea tastes great all by itself. However, you can also add a variety of ingredients to make your tea taste more flavorful Here's a few of the most popular add-ins for tea:

And make sure to use high quality tea.

You can brew your tea perfectly but if won't matter if you use low quality tea.

So what makes a variety of tea good? Tea quality often depends on individual plant genetics, growing conditions, and harvesting/processing.

Unfortunately, it's nearly impossible to know these facts when you're selecting tea. Therefore, we think buying tea from popular, reputable companies is one of the best ways to get high-quality tea. Here's a few of our favorite, reasonably priced companies:

Flavors, Steep Time, and Brewing Temperature for All Types of Tea

Remember that steep time and brewing temperature is partially based on personal preference. Comparing and contrasting with the first chart can help you find yours.

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White Tea

Oolong Tea

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Herbal Tea

Ginger/Turmeric Tea

Kava Tea

Maté Tea

Rooibos Tea

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