Brewing loose leaf tea may seem like a daunting task, but it's easier than it seems! We truly believe that the difference in taste and reduction of waste is absolutely worth it (not to mention the price per cup is usually also cheaper on similar variations of tea)! Our blog post "How to Brew Loose Leaf Tea" goes over all of the ins an outs!
- Boil water. The chart below is handy in telling you how hot your water should be depending on your tea type. As a rule of thumb, the darker the tea, the hotter you want your water to be.
- Ensure the correct ratio of tea to water. You want about 1 tsp. of tea per every 6-8 oz. of water.
- Pour your tea. If you're brewing a single cup, you'll need a cup and a strainer. Place the tea in the strainer and pour the boiling water over it, removing the strainer once it's done. If you're brewing for a group, you'll need a teapot. You can put the tea directly into the pot and strain through each individual glass, or purchase a teapot with a strainer. You can also try a tea press like this one from Bodum, which will allow you to plunge the tea and virtually stop it from brewing while it's still in the pot, preventing an over-brew.
- Steep Time. Brew the tea for the recommended amount of time per the below chart.
- Finishing touches. Add sugar, honey, ginger, cream, or any other finishing touch to your delicious, home-brewed cup of tea! (Not mandatory, but trying never hurt anybody!)
- Enjoy! There's nothing quite like a nice, well-deserved cup of tea. Whether you're going for a green tea to get your morning going, or an herbal blend before bed, make sure to take the time to bask in your delicious cup.
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