Dreamer wrote:Yeah, what Chip and iannon said...the 2nd steep of a Japanese green can be have lots of flavor (my fav), but after that it is just sweet green tea for me. Seems like there was a discussion recently here on the chat about some folks sense of taste being highly attuned to bitter flavor elements, maybe you're one of those folks.
Chip wrote::D OABTBS!
TokyoB wrote:As we all know, when brewing Japanese sencha each steeping becomes progressively more bitter. Is this due to release of more catechins or more caffeine or both? I also find that sometimes sencha bothers my stomach a bit, but usually only if I have 3 or 4 steepings. I'm wondering whether it is bothered merely from having more tea or if there is something released in the 3rd and 4th steepings that is more aggravating to the stomach than what is found in the first two steepings.
Does anyone know the chemistry here?
AlexZorach wrote:Unless I up the temperature or greatly up the steeping time with each progressive steeping (both of which I sometimes do) I find it gets less bitter. I've found this true of all kinds of tea.
Perhaps you brewed the first one too hot?
Tead Off wrote:TB, I found that if I don't take Sencha or Matcha on an empty stomach, then there is not this queasy feeling that it gave me on occassion. Green tea is known to irritate some stomachs. I was a bit surprised when it happened to me as I had been drinking Chinese teas for years and it never happened with them.
I think some Japanese greens are more astringent than others. I don't know if this is from the processing or breed. Bitter is usually from overbrewing. My 2nd brew is 30sec at same temp, 3rd 45s-1minute. I prefer the Fukamushis. Sweeter.