How To Brew Loose Leaf Tea
Posted on March 13 2020
A checklist for brewing loose leaf tea
- Have the right tools.
- Choose your tea type: black, green, herbal, white or oolong
- Be patient; make sure the tea is brewed at the right temperature and for the recommended time.
- Enjoy sipping that tea-licious cuppa you deserve!
The best teaware to brew loose leaf tea
To make your life easier and avoid sipping any unwanted tea leaves, we recommend brewing loose leaf teas using an infuser. If you have a favorite cup, you’d only need a brewing accessory like the Cup-size Mesh Ball or filter bags. If you prefer brewing a large amount of tea at a time, go for a bigger infuser that comes with a handy caddy or brew your tea with one of our teapots with infusers. Are you normally on the run and don’t really have time to wait for the tea to brew? Try our mugs that come with a lid and an infuser, where you have everything you need all in one!
Yes, brewing tea can be a bit accessory ‘heavy’, but believe us. Once you’ve got that covered, you’re good to go.
Brewing loose leaf tea
To get that perfect cup, we recommend following the brewing instructions on our packaging and on our product pages because the temperature and time can vary by tea type and even by tea. In addition to steeping instructions, we have ‘Cups to Grams’ information on all our loose leaf product pages. To give you an example, 4 grams brews for 1-2 cups of tea, and 25 grams makes 10-15 cups. Want to understand the differences between tea types? Have a look at our brewing guide.
Once you have steeped your tea leaves, just remove the mesh ball, filter bag or infuser from your cup and get ready to enjoy your cuppa. Fun fact about loose leaf tea: some loose leaf teas like Magnolia Oolong Tea can be brewed multiple times! When re-steeping, we recommend increasing the time and temperature by a bit. What’s more, the flavor will ‘change’ at each additional steep and you get to experience different nuances in flavor. How cool is that!
Ultimately, tea is about exploring and challenging your taste buds, so feel free to try different amounts of tea leaves and different steeping times. Maybe even Mixing & Matching two flavors in your cup.
Must-try loose leaf teas
If you are a newbie to brewing loose leaf, your safest bets are black and herbal teas. These tea types are more forgiving with the brewing temperature and timing. Our recommendations for black teas are China Keemun, Sweet Cinnamon and Super Irish Breakfast teas, and for herbal teas Rooibos Chai, Lemon Ginger and Licorice Spice.
Some of our tea blends are available in loose leaf and tea bags. If you already have your go-to tea in tea bag, go ahead and try the same in loose leaf! This is especially handy if you are planning on making larger amounts of tea at once.
As we mentioned, some tea leaves can also be brewed several times. Generally speaking, these would include green, white and oolong teas. Next time, before tossing the leaves away after the first cup, give another round of water for teas like Dragon Phoenix Pearl Jasmine Tea or Cold Weather Comfort Herbal Tea.