Steep Green Tea For Long Time - Safe To Drink?

by Suzy

I would like to know if I make a few brews of green tea, and then leave the third brew to steep at room temperature for most of the day - is it still safe to drink?

Sometimes the leaves stay in the water as I forget to take them out - so they soak all day - is this ok?

Answer:

Suzy, leaving green tea for a few hours is fine. You may observe some browning, as the antioxidants oxidise and contain few health benefits. But up to half a day at room temperature is okay. The biggest worry is bacteria, as they thrive in the tea solution. But they take a few days to emerge. I regularly leave my leftover tea for half a day, and still find them okay to drink later. It is fine. Not ideal, but safe.

I hope this helps. My apology for my late reply.

Julian

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