Many people from the Philippines think that tea is naturally a bitter drink. This is a common misconception. Here are 3 most common reasons why your tea taste bitter and how to prevent it from happening:

Reason 1: You are using boiling water

Never boil tea and don’t pour water that just boiled a few seconds ago. Black tea should be brewed with 90°C – 95°C at most. Green tea should be 70°C – 80°C (at most). Many people make the mistake of boiling their green tea which results to it becoming bitter.

If your kettle or water heater does not have an automatic thermostat, you can use a kitchen thermometer (it’s only Php 250). Or if you don’t have access to one, then heat the water until you see the first signs of water vapor. This is not a golden rule but just a tip you can do if you don’t have a way to measure the temperature. For black tea just heat the water until it is hot but not boiling.

For at home use, try to buy a water heater with built-in thermostat / temperature control. I was able to get mine at HMR for Php 1200. I’m sure you can find some in the department store or online.

Reason 2: You are brewing the tea for too long

If you leave tea too long in hot water, it will also taste bitter. To avoid this, you must remove the tea leaves from the water on time or else the taste of your tea will go from strong to bitter. Yikes!

Black and green tea have different steeping times. The table below is a guide but not necessarily a golden rule.

ideal temperature for different types of tea

For all variations of Pilgrim’s Black tea use the guide above. For Pilgrim’s Japanese Sencha (green tea), we recommend you steep it for only 30 seconds to a maximum of 1 minute.

Reason 3: Your tea is the low quality type

Just like there are different grades of coffee there are different grades of tea! Most tea drinkers drink loose leaf tea because high grade tea is usually sold as loose leaf and not in teabags. Pilgrim’s Tea is always sold loose leaf – try it and taste the difference! Order Pilgrim’s English Breakfast Tea now.

Hope you’ve learned something from this article! Feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions. Email us at, Viber/SMS 0956-842-4007