Friday, May 23, 2008

Buying Loose Tea

One question I have been asked numerous times is how to know the amount of loose tea to buy. As a general rule of thumb for purchasing loose tea:

* 1 ounce will make 10-12 six-ounce cups of tea
* 2 ounces will make 20-24 six-ounce cups of tea
* 4 ounces will make 40-48 six-ounce cups of tea

After you arrive home with your loose tea there will be a few options for brewing. You can use an infuser such as a brew basket or a teapot with a built-in strainer. If you are in a hurry, or just like to keep it simple, try putting your loose tea in a Finium filter bag. If you consider using a tea-ball make sure to find one that is large enough to give the tea leaves room to uncurl as they brew~ a small tea-ball is not the best choice for tea brewing.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Glad to know the information about the tea ball. I also heard that the metal messes up the tea flavor.