Friday, July 15, 2011

How to Brew Loose Leaf Tea

My post on the benefits of green tea prompted a question about the details of brewing. Especially if you're making the switch from coffee to tea.

First, get yourself a ceramic teapot with a stainless steel infuser. Peet's has some nice ones if you have a store close by.

Add 1 Tbsp. of loose tea per 8-12 oz. of water. You may need more (or less) depending on the "fluffiness" of the tea. Some teas are rolled tightly into beads that unfold as the tea steeps.

Don't fret about the measurement. You can experiment. There really isn't a right or wrong way. It's more about personal taste.

Proctor Silex K2070 1-Quart Automatic Electric Kettle, White
I recommend getting an electric hot water boiler for making the hot water. I have a Proctor Silex. It makes boiling water quick.

Pour the hot water over the leaves in the teapot and cover to let steep for 2 - 3 minutes.

Pour tea into cup and sip carefully making sure it has cooled enough to not burn your mouth.

You can reuse the leaves in the teapot for at least one more time. Lengthen steeping time to get the most flavor.

There are no hard and fast rules about tea brewing. While we were on vacation we brought the PS water boiler and used our coffee press to make the tea. Worked great! It's sturdier than the teapot which we feared would get broken.

In case you were wondering, You can make ice tea the same way. Brew it up, then cool it down. Add ice to your glass if you like.

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  1. Have never tried it ever since, how does it taste? Will try this one, some studies say that it tea can even help the dieters. Maybe it can also help me since I'm struggling in losing weight lately. Thanks for this post.

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  2. Hi Owen, I really enjoy the taste of green tea on its own, but have several varieties of green tea blends with added botanical flavors to choose from in the morning. Give it a try.