The majority of people have no idea how to brew loose leaf tea. We understand. It appears to be a hassle. It’s actually a lot easier than you might imagine, and the cup of tea you get is unrivaled. Continue reading for a step-by-step guide on how to brew quality loose leaf tea. Also, I’ll try to address all of your pressing questions. How long should I leave it to brew? What is the amount of loose tea in a cup? Which leaves are you looking for? Do I, of course, require a teapot? Let’s get this started.
Brewing tea with loose leaf tea is without a doubt the best method. Why? Tea made with large leaves that have enough area to brew in their teapot is more flavorful. Fact. Moreover, who doesn’t enjoy watching their leaves unfold in a pot? It’s simply the ticket to a time to oneself in a frantic world.
Tea in loose leaf form has a terrible rep. Tea strainers and china cups are thought to be old-fashioned. There’s none of that here. We’re going to demonstrate how simple it is to brew loose leaf tea and how to brew loose leaf tea in a unique way.
Avoid using distilled or previously boiled water in your tea because it can alter the flavor. Begin with a glass of chilled, pure water from the faucet. To warm up the water, use an electric kettle, a stovetop kettle, or a saucepan. Consider utilizing bottled water if your local water is particularly hard (i.e., high in minerals).
2. Heat the water to a temperature of 160 to 212 degrees Fahrenheit (71 to 100 degrees Celsius).
Once the water begins to steam, simmer, or reach a rolling boil, remove it from the heat source. Depending on the type of tea you’re making, you may need to warm or cool it somewhat to bring out the greatest tastes in the leaves. To acquire the most exact temperature, use an instant-read thermometer.
If you prefer, you can boil the water and then let it cool to the proper temperature before pouring it over the tea leaves.
3. For every 6 fl oz (180 mL) of water, weigh out 2 to 3 grams of loose leaf tea.
Because tea leaves come in a variety of forms and sizes, it’s best to weigh your tea rather than measure it by volume.
However, if you’re going to measure by volume, start with 1 teaspoon for smaller leaves and 1 tablespoon for bigger ones. Depending on how you wish to steep it, pour the desired amount of tea into a tea strainer or teapot.
Because most coffee mugs carry roughly 10 to 12 fl oz (300 to 350 mL), you may need to double the amount of loose leaf tea you use in a larger mug.
4. Steep the tea for 3 to 5 minutes in boiling water.
Allow the flavors to seep out for a few minutes by pouring boiling water directly over the tea leaves. Because different tea varieties require slightly varied steeping times, make sure to read the package directions carefully. Start with 3 minutes for your first cup if you’re not sure how long to steep the leaves. Then, for each succeeding cup, add 30 seconds longer until you have the desired flavor. Green and oolong teas should be steeped for 3 minutes, white tea for 4 minutes, while black and Puerh teas should be soaked for 5 minutes.
5. Once the tea leaves have steeped, remove them from the water.
The method you use will be determined by the strainer you’re using. To stop the infusion, lift basket-style strainers, metal or silicone infusers, and filter bags out of your teapot or cup. To catch the drips from the soggy tea leaves, place the strainer on a spoon rest or saucer.
Hold a strainer over your teacup if you steeped the tea straight in the teapot to capture the damp leaves as you pour out the tea.
Throw away the used tea leaves while they’re still moist. On the other hand, you can wait until they’ve dried out to tip them out of the strainer more easily.
How to brew loose leaf tea in a unique way
1. Firstly, to make cleanup easier, place the tea leaves immediately into a tea strainer:
To begin, put a basket-style tea strainer in a cup or teapot. Place the loose leaf tea in the strainer and pour the hot water over it directly. To ensure proper steeping, make sure the tea leaves are thoroughly submerged in water.
2. Secondly, for fine, powdery teas, use a disposable filter bag:
Disposable tea filter bags can be purchased from a tea shop or a supermarket store. When making fine tea, which tends to slip through mesh strainers easily, use one of these. To prevent the tea leaves from floating out, keep the bag upright with the opening high above the water level.
3. For larger tea leaves, use a mesh, basket-style tea strainer.
Most loose leaf teas may be brewed satisfactorily in these strainers. Choose one that fits snugly into the aperture of the cup or teapot you’ll be using; it shouldn’t move or sink into the vessel, or the tea leaves will spill out.
4. For large or fine leaves, avoid using tea balls or infusers.
Metal tea balls and silicone tea strainers are popular because they come in fun shapes. However, keep in mind that they are only useful for a limited amount of time. They won’t provide much room for the leaves to unfold as they become moistened. Therefore, don’t use them for large-leafed tea. Additionally, for fine, powdered teas, avoid using a tea ball or infuser because the tea leaves may easily slip through the openings.
5. Allow plenty of room in the strainer for the tea leaves to grow.
When you hydrate loose leaf tea leaves with hot water, they can grow up to 5 times their original size. As a result, make sure the tea strainer or filter bag has enough room for tea.
6. Finally, if you wish, strain the tea after it has steeped in the teapot.
If you don’t have a tea strainer that fits properly in your teapot, this is a good alternative. Next, you can not only measure out the tea leaves and drop them directly into your teapot instead of straining them through a filter. Hold a tea strainer over your cup after the leaves have steeped. Pour the liquid into the cup with care, and the strainer will catch the leaves.