How much loose leaf tea should I use per cup?

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How much loose tea per cup?

 It’s a  difficult question that everyone finds themself facing at some point as you hold your bag of tea in one hand, infuser in the other. If you’re making a whole tea pot for several people, that adds to the confusion.

Easy Answer:    “One teaspoon for each cup ” 

This answer seems pretty straightforward. If I have just one small cup I would only need one teaspoon of tea in my infuser. If I’m making a pot of tea for a group of three friends I would suggest an extra teaspoon, so four teaspoons of tea. 

Generally, this answer is a great one. It’s easy to remember and generally makes a pretty good cup of tea. but there are acouple other things to consider. 

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What Type of Tea are You Using?

The type of tea you’re using might change the amount of loose leaf tea per cup you need to use. Herbal teas as opposed to black teas are generally lighter in flavor and can be bulkier in volume. This means that, to get the same depth of flavor as you would from one teaspoon of black tea, you will need to add more than one teaspoon of herbal tea. Perhaps another whole teaspoon or half teaspoon depending on how strong you like your tea.

Are You Making Hot or Iced Tea?

If you’re making iced tea, you will usually need to double the amount of tea you place in your water, as tea doesn’t usually infuse as well into cold water. The tea you select will also determine the depth of flavor your iced tea has. Stronger teas like black, oolong, or some green teas tend to give the best flavor. Be wary of herbal teas as these can have mixed results and be tricky to get right

 

 

 

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