Ingredients & Tools
Makes 1 cup hot tea.
- Loose leaf tea: Approximately 1 tsp to 1 tbsp for every 8 oz of hot water (see package label for suggested portions).
- Tea infuser - basket or paper are best
- Tea pot or cup
- Water - bottled or filtered are recommended
- Timer (optional)
- Heat water to suggested temperature for the type of tea you are brewing (see chart below or package labels).
- Scoop dry tea leaf into infuser.
- Place infuser in brewing vessel (pot or mug).
- Pour hot water into infuser over dry leaves and steep for desired time to achieve desired brew. More time = stronger brew.
- Remove tea infuser.
- Relax and enjoy!
Things To Remember
- Do not over-steep.
- Remove the tea infuser when tea is finished brewing.
- Use proper amount of leaf in proportion to hot water during brewing.
- Most green, oolong, and puerh teas can be steeped multiple times. The higher the grade of tea, the more steepings you can expect.
- Tea brewing is a function of leaf, temperature, and time.
- It takes only 2 grams worth of tea (about the weight of a dime) to make an 8 oz cup. Generally, a mounded teaspoon is plenty, keeping in mind that the bulkier the tea, the bulkier the scoopful needed.
Temperature & Time
|Black||190° - 200°||3 - 5 min|
|Green||160° - 190°||3 - 4 min|
|Oolong||190° - 200°||2 - 4 min|
|Puerh (Raw)||185° - 200°||3 - 5 min|
|Puerh (Ripe)||200° - 212°||3 - 5 min|
|White||190° - 200°||4 - 6 min|
|Herbal||200° - 212°||3 - 5 min|
How To Use Paper Tea Infusers
Paper infusers are a great option for drinking tea on-the-go and a popular choice for coffee shops, allowing loose leaf teas to expand to release all of their flavor and allowing for a quick clean up. Paper infusers are also compostable.