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Loose Leaf Teas


This entry isn’t really a recipe but it is about something I’m passionate about and that’s tea! More specifically, loose leaf tea and the different types, and ways to brew and drink tea!

I’ve always been a big beverage person as far back as I can remember.  It started with the fruit juices, then graduated (or de-graduated) to carbonated drinks, and then came the coffee, sparkling water, sport drinks and adults beverage. 

But ever since going low-carb/keto, I’ve replaced most of those drinks with loose leaf teas that are packed with some awesome health benefits (more on that below)! 

Like probably most people out there, I started with tea bags then gradually moved to using loose leaf teas.  And if you’re looking to get the most out of your cup of tea, loose leaf is where it’s at!

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When I first started to take an interest in teas, one of the things that blew my mind was that Black Tea, Green Tea, Oolong Tea, White Tea, etc all come from the same tea plant called Camellia Sinensis! 

How these leaves are processed is what makes the different types of teas.  I always figured it was more like wines where the different varietals of grapes make certain wines like Merlot, Pinot Noir, Cabernet, etc.  But with teas, it all comes from the same exact tea plant (aside from herbal teas which come from herbs). 

And with each different type of tea, comes different sets of brewing instructions. 

If you are interested in reading a detailed version of the different types of tea and their brewing methods, you can check it out here, but for the sake of this write-up, here’s a simple chart for you.

Black Tea Steep Info Oolong Tea Steep Info Green Tea Steep Info

White Tea Steep Info Puerh Tea Steep Info Herbal Tea Steep Info

Note – blended teas such as Chai , Earl Grey, or Jasmine tea still use a base tea leaf.  For example, Chai and Earl Grey usually uses Black Tea, so we would just steep/brew as if it was a Black Tea.  Herbal teas do not use ANY tea leafs, but rather use herbs as the base.

Water Temp

Now, here is a trick we use for the water temp since we don’t have an elaborate water heater setup.  We start with boiling water (212F) and pour it into a holding cup.  From there, we will subtract 1 degree F from every second we let it sit. 

So for example, if we were brewing a Black Tea, we would pour the boiling water into a neutral cup and leave it in there for ~2 seconds, and then pour the water into our teapot/dispenser

If we’re brewing Green Tea, we would let the water sit idle for ~22 seconds before pouring it in the teapot/dispenser.  It’s not a perfect way to do it, but it works well enough!

Health Benefits

When it comes to health benefits, teas are packed with them!  According to WebMD, teas provide ‘unique antioxidants’ that help against free radicals that are linked to cancer and heart disease. 

Some teas also have been found to help with cholesterol levels as well.  And not to forget, teas contain natural caffeine that has plenty of upside to it as well. 

You can read more on the different caffeine levels here, but in general, the highest to lowest goes Black, Pu-Erh, Oolong, Green, White, Herbal (no caffeine).

If you happen to be sensitive to caffeine, here is a trick you can use.  Most caffeine is extracted out of teas in the first 30 seconds of steeping. 

So just steep for 30 seconds and throw that tea out.  The next steep will be virtually caffeine-free but will still have plenty of flavors left to extract!

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Equipment & Tea Leaf

You don’t need any kind of fancy teaware to brew a solid cup of tea, but you will need some kind of teapot/dispenser

The tea dispenser we recommend is a bottom tea dispenser.  This just makes everything from making the tea to the clean up very simple and easy. 

We do feel like ceramic tea sets produce the best tasting teas, but it’s not necessary if you are just starting out.

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For the loose leaf teas, this really is going to be up to personal preference.  You can find plenty to choose from on Amazon at very competitive prices but if you are just starting out though, I would just recommend getting a tester set like this one to see what’s your cup of tea…(get it!)…

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Now, once you are ready, let’s get started!

Prepping Time 5M

Total Time 5M

Net Carb/Serv 0g

Servings 1

Ingredients

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Directions

1) Gather all the ingredients.

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2) Place 1 tsp of loose leaf tea into your teapot.

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3) 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.

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4) 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.

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5) 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.

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Hope you enjoy our simple write up on introducing low-carb/keto friendly Loose Leaf Teas! 

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The BEST instruction for Loose Leaf Teas. Enjoy delicious loose leaf tea at only 0g Net Carb / Serving. Step by step directions with pictures makes this recipe quick and easy.
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Worldwide
Keyword: how to brew tea, loose leaf tea instructions, loose leaf tea steep time, loose leaf tea temperature, tea brewing time, tea water temperature
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1
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Ingredients

  • 8 oz Boiling Water
  • 1 tsp Loose Tea Leaves

Instructions

  • Gather all the ingredients.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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