How to make the perfect cup of loose leaf tea
Don’t be scared- making a cup of loose leaf tea doesn’t need to be at all messy or complicated!
It’s the same process as making a ‘regular’ cup of tea, with just a few tweaks and a bit more love and attention- we promise the resulting flavours you get out of loose tea are 100% worth it!
What you will need:
- An infuser, have a look at our favourites
- Your favourite loose leaf tea
- Mug or cup
- Perfect Tea Spoon
As you can see, you don’t need any fancy equipment to make a perfect cup of tea; most people have a mug and a spoon in their kitchens- it might just be the infuser that seems a bit alien.
3 easy steps to brewing the perfect cup of loose leaf tea:
1. Place a heaped teaspoon of loose leaf tea into your infuser and place infuser into your mug.
2. Fill with freshly boiled water (80 for white, green or oolong – see below for guide)
3. Leave to brew for desired time (see below for guide)
Once brewed take the infuser out, throw away the leaves, give it a rinse and you're all done, a beautiful rich tasting REAL cup of tea!
Easy tea brewing guide:
Be aware there are different brewing times, for different types of tea. But don’t worry- we have a general rule of thumb, as follows…
Green, white and oolong tea are delicate teas and need to be handled gently. They like brewing times of no longer than 3 mins and 80 degree water (otherwise they become bitter).
If you don’t have a fancy temperature kettle, don’t worry! This is very easy to do… you just add 1 part cold water to your mug and then 4 parts hot water: done!
Black tea and pu’erh need at least 4 minutes brewing time to let the full flavour develop, especially if you are adding milk. Let your leaves brew for the full time first, before adding the milk, otherwise the milk cools the water and you won’t get a proper steep!
All other herbal teas including fruit teas and rooibos teas can be brewed for as long as you want (for at least 4 minutes), keep in mind the longer you brew the stronger the flavour. You can add milk to rooibos too, if you like.
Once brewed take the infuser out, throw away the leaves, give it a rinse and your all done, a beautiful rich tasting REAL cup of tea!