How to Brew Loose Leaf Tea
We have been selling herbal tea blends with our homegrown and dried herbs for a couple of years now. One of the most frequently asked questions I receive from our customers in the Country Store is “How do I brew this at home?” and it’s a valid question. What are you supposed to do with a bunch of little loose leaves and dried flowers? There are actually a few different things that you can do to make your own herbal teas at home, though I think most often people brew tea the wrong way. If you are guilty of putting your tea bags in a pot of water and heating it to a boil, then you’re actually losing a lot of the healing benefits of the plant or even making the tea taste worse.
Making a delicious tea takes a few simple steps.
First, start with filtered water if you can. The water you are using can affect the taste of your tea, but this is not necessary to make a great cup. Bring the water to a boil over the stove either in a small saucepot or tea kettle. Some tea companies recommend boiling the water to a specific temperature and to not let the water reach a boil. I usually just watch until the water is just about to break and then remove from heat.
There are two ways that you can steep your tea. If you have a separate tea infuser then you can simply pour your hot water into your tea cup and place the tea infuser filled with the loose tea or herbal blend into the cup. Let the tea steep for your desired amount of time:
Green and White Teas: 2-3 minutes
Black Teas: 3-5 minutes
Oolong: 4-8 minutes
Herbal and Floral Teas: 8-10 minutes
You can also steep the tea over the stove. Simply place the loose leaf tea into the water in the kettle or pot and cover until steeped to your desired amount of time. Strain the liquid into your cup and compost the leaves. The longer you steep the tea the more bitter it becomes so be sure to test the flavor as you wait. For our herbal tea blends, we use 1 teaspoon per 8 ounces of water and steep for 8-10 minutes for a fully bodied flavor.
I typically do not use a tea infuser when brewing my own cup of tea. I think they are bulky and just let leaves fall into my cup, which I tend to not enjoy. I just let the leaves steep in the kettle and then strain when I am ready to drink my cup. It works really well, and then I don’t have to worry about the hassle of purchasing an infuser or finding a cup that it fits in! I have one of those little mesh ones, but none of my mugs are big enough to fit it into. Such a pain!
There you have it. Brewing tea made easy! You can shop from our selection of herbal tea blends HERE. We’d love if you tried one!