How To Brew Loose Leaf Teas

Join me on a journey to perfect your tea brewing skills with my guide on How to Brew Loose Leaf Teas. Crafted with care and experience, this method ensures each cup of tea is bursting with pure flavor and aroma, tailored to your preferences. Let’s unlock the magic of loose leaf tea together and savor every sip of this delightful brew!

Why I Love This Recipe

If you’re a tea enthusiast like me, you know that there’s nothing quite like the pure, vibrant flavors of freshly brewed loose leaf tea! While tea bags may offer convenience, they often lack the quality and richness found in loose leaf varieties. That’s why I crafted this straightforward guide to brewing the perfect cup of tea at home, ensuring you experience tea at its finest!

Whether you’re craving a soothing cup of green tea or a robust black tea, this method guarantees a delightful brew every time. Plus, it’s perfect for making fresh tea to use in our drinks like Homemade Milk Tea and Cream Cheese Foam Green Tea for the best results. Join me in embracing the art of loose leaf tea brewing and elevate your tea-drinking experience today!



  • Loose Leaf TeaLoose Leaf Teas of choice.
  • Hot Water hot filtered water between a temperature of 210F-180F, depending on the type of tea. Best to use a thermometer to get exact temperature of water.
  • Tea Pot your preferred tea brewing equipment or infuser with a tea strainer. The ones below are the ones we recommend.

Green tea poured in a cup, top down shot.

Essential Kitchen Equipment


Step 1 Place 1 tsp of loose leaf tea in a tea dispenser, then add 0.5 oz of hot water. Swirl it around to remove any impurities from the tea, then discard the water.

Loose leaf tea in a tea dispenser.

Step 2 Add 8oz of hot water and steep the tea according to the steeping times and water temperature below.

Loose leaf tea being steeped in a dispenser.

⏲️ Steeping Time

  • Black Tea – water temp at 210F and steep for 4-5 minutes
  • Pu-Erh Tea – water temp at 200F and steep for 3-5 minutes
  • Oolong – water temp at 200F and steep for 3-4 minutes
  • Green Tea water temp at 190F and steep for 3 minutes
  • White Tea – water temp at 180F and steep for 2-3 minutes
  • Herbal Tea – water temp at 210F and steep for 6-7 minutes

🍵 Steeping Pro Tip

Avoid Oversteeping the tea as it can draw excessive tannins into your brew, resulting in a bitter taste. Keep an eye on the steeping time to achieve the ideal balance of flavor without overpowering bitterness.

A chart showing different steeping times for loose leaf tea.

Step 3 Transfer the brewed tea into a serving vessel or mug, ready to be enjoyed hot.

Brewed tea in a cup.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the health benefits of loose leaf tea?

Loose leaf tea offers numerous health benefits, including antioxidants that combat oxidative stress and inflammation linked to cancer and heart disease. Green tea, in particular, helps lower cholesterol and supports heart health. With natural caffeine for a gentle energy boost and a rich source of vitamins and minerals, incorporating loose leaf tea into your routine enhances overall well-being and immune support.

What type of teas are there?

All tea leaves originate from the same Camellia Sinensis tea plant and vary based on drying methods. Black tea undergoes the most oxidation, followed by pu-erh, oolong, green tea, and white tea.

What tea contains the most caffeine?

Black tea holds the highest caffeine content among teas, while white tea has the least, with caffeine levels per cup as follows: Black Tea: 40-60mg, Pu-Erh Tea: 40-60mg, Oolong Tea: 30-50mg, Green Tea: 30-50mg, White Tea: 25-40mg, and Herbal Tea being virtually caffeine-free.


A chart with the different types of tea.

Storage Tips

While freshly brewed tea offers the best flavor, if you have leftovers, store them in the fridge. However, be aware that tea tends to lose quality over time when refrigerated.

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Green tea poured in a cup, top down shot.

How To Brew Loose Leaf Teas

Learn the art of brewing perfect loose leaf tea at home with our comprehensive guide. Elevate your tea-drinking experience and enjoy rich, vibrant flavors in every cup! Say goodbye to tea bags and savor the freshness of homemade tea today.
5 from 3 votes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Worldwide
Keyword: how to brew loose leaf tea
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1
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Calories: 10kcal


  • 8 oz Boiling Water
  • 1 tsp Loose Tea Leaves


  • Gather all the ingredients.
    Ingredients to make loose leaf tea on the countertop.
  • Place 1 tsp of loose tea leave into your teapot. Take a very small amount of hot water (about 0.5oz), mix it around the teapot for about 5 seconds and then dispose of the water. This is to clean the tea leaves from any unwanted residue.
    Loose leaf tea in a tea dispenser.
  • Next, take your 8 oz of your boiling water and wait for the temp to adjust to the type of tea you're brewing. Once target temp is reached, pour it in your teapot and let it steep according to chart above.
    Loose leaf tea being steeped in a dispenser.
  • Once tea is finished steeping, pour into a serving cup and enjoy! Note - you can steep the same leaves 2 or 3 times, but each subsequent steep will have less flavor.
    Brewed tea in a cup.


Calories: 10kcal
*Values Based Per Serving
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  1. Fitoru mct

    Thanks for sharing this. I bought a loose tea leaf from the store and still haven’t tried it because I don’t know how to prepare a tea using them. Now, I can try this one.

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