Fl1ck wrote:I find black tea sometimes too bitter, even Yunnan black teas, which shouldn't be bitter based on what i have read. Maybe I'm just used to the sweet taste of coffee, damn coffee is delicious. I roast my own coffee light and sweet, with no sugar, yet black tea is more bitter. I've tried brweing the black tea for 5 min, aghh far to bitter, and found its bitter unless its like 3 min, but then its weak. Can anyone help me and tell me how to get it less bitter, because right now coffee is a 10, while tea is good and is like 8.5-9. Also can anyone recommend a fruity or winey tea without and any actual fruit in it. My favorite coffees are Kenyan/ yirgs and panamas, any suggestions?
I don't drink coffee and couldn't tell you equivalents, since all coffees taste bitter to me. However, that being said, I suspect that you'll probably prefer something in the neighborhood of Golden Monkey or maybe something "lighter" like Darjeeling. I like flavored black teas, so I need a smooth tea as well. Ceylon is a nice generic tea that I don't think of as complex. I'm not a keemun fan -- I've tried various keemun teas and they all seem to have a bitter aftertaste I can't get rid of.
How I brew black tea:
First, the water has to be boiling. Nothing else will do. Second, I don't brew longer than 4 minutes because anything longer may give it an edge. I use a tsp per cup usually -- sometimes a bit less. My tea pot makes 2 1/2 cups of tea and I use 2 tsp. YMMV. If the tea isn't strong enough with 4 minutes, I would add more tea, not increase the time.