zeto wrote:I'd argue price is mostly a function of perceived need and supply... simply supply and demand.
Evan Draper wrote:I'm sure there are pesticides that add a bitter taste, along with manufacturing defects, soil composition and many other variables, but I can't speak to these in detail.
Mo the leftfoot wrote:In a "Yahoo Answers" topic a guy asked the question why cheap green tea get´s always so bitter that easy. The answer he got was that cheap tea almost always contains plant material that doesn´t belong into the tea at all like lower and full grown tea leaves.
Recently I had a longjing that suprised me by beeing so cheap (I thought how can a longjing be that cheap at all) and I got my reward when I first brewed it: No flavour at all and gruesome bitterness at ANY temperature.
So my questions: Is it right that cheap tea is stuffed with things that don´t belong in it and is this the reason why it gets so bitter at any temp? or is it just that it´s to old?
entropyembrace wrote:I´m really not sure why exactly...but it´s definitely my experience that cheap teas are often extremely bitter and rather bland.
beforewisdom wrote:What constitutes cheap tea? At what price does tea become cheap tea and possibly poor quality tea?