How to Make Loose Leaf Tea
Making Loose Leaf Tea is really simple, especially once you have the right equipment. As with great quality coffee, putting a little more effort makes a huge amount of difference.
But before we begin, let’s take a look at why you should be enjoying Loose Leaf Tea in the first place!
Why drink loose leaf?
Traditionally, bagged leaves contained the dust at the end of the pack. Tea is a dry ingredient, so bits of it can compress down into dusty particles. Instead of getting rid of this, tea companies started bagging them. The smaller dust particles meant that there was more surface area contact between the tea and the water, meaning that the tea steeped quicker than whole leaves.
Which sounds like a good thing, but isn’t always. If it’s quality that you’re after, rather than just speed, whole leaf tea is better, as it contains more of the antioxidant benefits of the tea leaf.
So Loose Leaf Tea is better if you’re looking for a guaranteed level of quality. But don’t worry, our teabags contain the exact same quality of leaf as our Loose Leaf Teas. No dust, just whole leaf goodness.
What are the benefits of Loose Leaf Tea?
Tea leaves are high in a number of impressive ingredients. They contain antioxidants, which help with cell-regeneration. They also contain high quantities of something called L-Theanine, a compound that acts to increase the levels of Dopamine, Seratonin and GABA neurochemicals, which are responsible for mood, sleep and relaxation.
Tea is also known for reducing inflammation, improving immunity and can even lower cholesterol.
How do you make Loose Leaf Tea?
Making Loose Leaf Tea is so simple. All you need is a teapot or tea strainer, your favourite blend and a mug. Simply pour in the correct amount of tea leaves (our measurements are given on the back of every pack and are different for each blend, but a good rule of thumb is 1-2tsp per person) and pour over some hot water. Steep for 2-5 mins (another good rule of thumb is 2mins for Green Teas, White Teas or Oolongs; 3mins for Black Teas and up to 5mins for anything Herbal).
That’s it – such a simple way to enjoy a Loose Leaf Tea.