This entry isn’t really a recipe but it is about something I’m passionate about and that’s how to brew tea! More specifically how to brew loose leaf tea and the different types and ways to 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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Equipment & Tea Leaf
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.
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!)…
Now, once you are ready, let’s get started on How to Brew Loose Leaf Tea!
Prepping Time 5M
Total Time 5M
Net Carb/Serv 0g
- 8oz Boiling Water
- 1 tsp Loose Leaf Teas
1) Gather all the ingredients.
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.
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.
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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Loose Leaf Teas
- 8 oz Boiling Water
- 1 tsp Loose Tea Leaves
- 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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