How to Brew Loose-Leaf Tea
Do you enjoy a good cup of tea but aren’t sure how to brew loose leaf tea? This guide will walk you through tips and tricks that make it easy!
Yield: 8 ounces tea
Cost: $0.50 per cup (amount variable)
- 8 ounces water
- 1 teaspoon loose-leaf tea or herbals, amount variable See notes "How much tea?" and "Tea vs. Herbals"
- sweetener of choice (honey, sugar etc) Optional
- milk Optional
Add tea or herbals to a glass container.Cover with water, and chill in the fridge for 8 hours.If using herbal tea, the timing isn't critical and you can do a longer brew if desired. If using tea leaves, remove the tea from the water after 8 hours to avoid bitter flavors.
For larger batches: Use the 1-teaspoon of tea to 8-ounces of water as a general guide, and make larger batches as desired.
How Much Tea? The amount of loose-leaf tea or herbals will depend on how strongly flavored your tea is. In general, black or green teas are stronger, and herbals are milder. Dried herbals are stronger than fresh herbals, so you may want to double or triple the amount if using fresh herbals (such as fresh mint).
Tea vs. Herbals:
Silver vs Glass or Ceramic Teapots: In general, avoid teapots made from reactive materials (such as silver), or at least be aware that these can change the flavor of your tea. Glass or ceramic teapots are an ideal choice for most teas.
- Tea is a specific type of plant leaf.
- Herbals can include fresh or dried flowers, herbs, fruit, or any other non-tea plant.
- Some varieties of herbals, especially those made with fruit or roots (such as cranberry tea or fresh gingerroot tea) benefit from a long boil directly in the water instead of the brew times indicated.