How to Measure Loose Leaf Tea

Don’t know how much loose leaf tea to use for brewing? These tips will help you achieve your perfect cup of tea.

If you’re new to brewing loose leaf tea, you may be wondering how to get the ratio just right. The general rule of thumb for measuring loose leaf tea is using 2-3 grams of tea per 8 ounces of water. If you don’t have a kitchen scale, you can generally use 1 teaspoon of tea for 8 ounces of water. However, there are multiple variables that will impact the amount of loose leaf tea you should use, including the size of tea leaves and your taste preference. One size doesn’t fit all and there are a few things to remember when it comes to brewing your perfect cup.

Size and density of tea leaves:

The size, shape, and weight of loose leaf tea is not created equal. Big, unbroken tea leaves weigh less than tiny, broken tea leaves. So a finely ground tea like rooibos is more dense and may require less than 1 teaspoon when brewing. Black teas are typically finer and tend to be stronger in flavor, while herbals teas are typically larger in volume and lighter in flavor.

Taste preference:

It’s also based on your personal taste preference and will take some trial and experimentation. Start by brewing your cup of tea using our instructions listed. This means not only following the teaspoon and ounce ratio, but also ensuring you’re steeping the tea for the appropriate time. If you start drinking before letting your tea steep long enough, you may find it too watery or not flavorful. Conversely, if you let it steep for too long, you may find it bitter. If the tea comes out too strong or too weak for your preferences, adjust the amount of loose leaf tea you use until you find your sweet spot. Further, if you’re wanting to make iced tea, you should generally double the amount of loose leaf tea.

Why do 2 ounces of tea look different?

2 ounces of tea varies based on the type. You already learned that some teas are light and fluffy, while others are denser. This is why some pouches may seem to have more tea than others. You may receive different sized pouches when you order 2 ounces of different teas. For example, 2 ounces of Earl Grey will come in a smaller pouch than 2 ounces of Egyptian Chamomile. All of our teas are measured to the exact ounce before we seal and ship them to you.

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