Make Loose Leaf Tea: A Beginners Guide by Chai Kai Tea Co

Make Loose Leaf Tea: A Beginners Guide by Chai Kai Tea Co

Are you a newbie to the world of loose leaf tea? It may seem a bit daunting at first.  Maybe you even think its time consuming.  Well take it from the Chai Kai Tea experts, to make loose leaf tea is easy, peasy, lemon squeezy and you can add a little bit of that to your tea! In fact, I would say it is the same effort as brewing bagged tea.

Anyway, if you are thinking of making loose leaf tea, then clearly you are interested in the benefits and joy of loose leaf tea.  We will show you how to make loose leaf tea in a few easy steps and have included some information from selecting tea right through to your first sip.

Choose your tea/types of tea

Not sure which tea to choose?  With such a huge choice, maybe you find it confusing to figure out which one is best for you.  Here’s our very simple guide below:

  • Black Tea – Black tea is probably the most common type of tea, at least in the west.  Black loose leaf tea for example, Bombay Breakfast or Strong Assam comes with rich, bold flavors and contains caffeine.
  • Green Tea –  I love green tea, so much so, we made a Turmeric Root Chai out of it.  It has massively increased in popularity in the last few years.  Green tea is known for being rich in antioxidants but it does contain some caffeine. (Both black tea and green tea comes from the plant, Camellia sinensis).
  • Rooibos Tea (pronounced ROY-BOSS) – Rooibos is grown in South Africa.  This tea is made from the red bush plant. Rooibos Tea is rapidly increasing in popularity as it contains absolutely no caffeine. This in itself is great as it can be enjoyed by everybody anytime of the day.
  • Herbal Tea/fruit infusions – Herbal teas are typically made from dried fruits, flowers, and herbs so you can imagine the huge range of flavours! Gingerchamomile, and peppermint are all common choices. Herbal tea and infusions are also caffeine free. 

Storing Your Tea

Before you start brewing loose leaf tea, make sure you know how to store your tea. The best way to keep tea happy is in a tightly sealed tea caddy.

Loose leaf tea vs tea bags

Now, there seems to be a common misconception that using tea bags is more convenient than using loose leaf tea. But here is the trouble with standard tea bags –

First and foremost, standard tea bags contain very poor quality tea. The tea in the tea bag is pretty much tea dust. The tea is most likely to be machine-picked.  Chai Kai loose teas are all hand picked so you will not find any twigs, extra leaves or any other randomness you do not want in your tea.

However, for those who do have a preference for tea bags, we recommend the premium quality, bio – degradeable, pyramid, muslin teabags.

How to make loose leaf tea

To make loose leaf tea, firstly you will need your favourite mug, an infuser and a teaspoon – that’s it.  So let’s begin –

1.  Add a heaped teaspoon of your favourite loose leaf tea into your infuser
2.  Place infuser into your mug and pour freshly boiled water
3.  Leave to brew (2 – 3 mins if green tea or at least 3 mins if black tea)
4.  Remove the infuser and finally the most important bit, sit back, put your feet up and enjoy your first sip!
  • Never re-boil water.  This can affect the flavour of the tea.
  • Water temperature is very important when making loose leaf tea.  Green tea is more delicate compared to black tea so it requires no longer than 3 mins to brew and 80 degree water (use the water just at the boil).  Black tea, fruit, herbal and rooibos teas needs at least 3 minutes brewing time to bring out the full flavour.

Drink Tea & Prosper

Vanessa J Darjeeling

Chai Kai Tea Co

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