1. How do I make, brew or use loose leaf tea?
  2. How much loose tea to use per cup?
  3. How long to steep loose tea?
  4. At what temperature should loose tea be brewed?
  5. How much tea will loose tea make?


How do I make, brew or use loose leaf tea?





How much loose tea to use per cup?

Use 1 teaspoon per cup of tea.

To be more exact, use one heaping teaspoon per 6-7 ounces of water.

A lot of people use a tea mug and should use 2 tea spoons or two tea bags because a mug holds around 12 ounces of water. This is an average, some teas require more and some require less.

For a teapot use one teaspoon for each cup of water and add one for the pot.

We recommend the use of our ‘1 Cup of Perfect Tea’ measuring spoon for best results. The perfect tea scoop actually measures 1 and a half teaspoons.

To make a weak tea taste stronger, brewing it longer may make it taste bitter, adding more tea should just increase the flavor.

How long to steep loose tea?

2 minuets.

However, this is the average for green tea. Each type of tea is different and each tea might be different. Follow the directions for the tea. If you do not have directions, here is a table.
Tea Type Steep For Tea Type Steep For
White Tea 1-2 Min Green Tea 2 Min
Oolong Tea 3 Min Black Tea 3-4 Min
Darjeeling 3-4 Min Pu-erh 3-4 Min
Rooibos Tea 5 Min Herbal Tea 5-7 Min
Yerba Mate 5-7 Min Fruit Tea 5-7 Min


At what temperature should loose tea be brewed?

180 Degrees Fahrenheit.

However, this is the average for green tea. Each type of tea is different and each tea might be different. Follow the directions for the tea. If you do not have directions, here is a table.
Tea Type Degrees F Tea Type Degrees F
White Tea 180 Green Tea 180
Oolong Tea 190 Black Tea 212
Darjeeling 212 Pu-erh 212
Rooibos Tea 212 Herbal Tea 212
Yerba Mate 212 Fruit Tea 212
Warming your pot first, by filling it with hot water, letting it warm for a bit, emptying the pot, then adding your tea and hot water will give you better results. A cold pot will lower the temperature of your tea.

A doubled wall pot or cup will keep your tea hot for a long time. A tea cozy will also keep your tea hot for a long time.

212 degrees is a rolling boil. Start with fresh cold water and do not over boil your water for two reasons. One, you want oxygen in your water and two, cold water taste better. Water without oxygen has a flat taste. As a side note: if you make ice cubes from boiled water you will have very clear cubes, because the oxygen has boiled away and will not cloud the ice cubes.

For food safety, it is strongly recommend to, brew all tea using filtered or fresh cold water brought to a rolling boil. Water-borne illnesses can be reduced by boiling water to kill viruses, parasites and bacteria. So, bring your water to a roiling boil and let it cool, if needed, to the proper temperature.

How much tea will loose tea make?

One ounce of loose tea makes 12 cups tea.

However, this is an average and does not take into account re-steeping.
Here is a tea table that show how much tea your loose tea can make on average:

Loose Tea Mugs of Tea Cups of Tea
One ounce 5 to 6 10 to 12
Two ounces 10 to 12 20 to 25
Four ounces 20 to 25 40 to 50
Half Pound 40 to 50 80 to 100
Pound 80 to 100 100 to 200