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How to brew loose leaf tea in just a few simple steps, with plenty of pictures!

How to Brew Loose Leaf Tea

Here's how to brew loose leaf tea in two different ways: with a tea ball or with a kitchen strainer.
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 8 minutes
Servings 1
Author Katie Moseman

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon of loose leaf tea
  • Freshly boiled water

Instructions

How to Brew Loose Leaf Tea with a Tea Ball

  1. Open the tea ball and place about a teaspoon of loose leaf tea inside. Close it and seal it with the clasp.
    How to brew loose leaf tea in two different ways: with a tea ball or with a kitchen strainer. Simple instructions with lots of pictures!
  2. Place the tea ball in your cup and hang the hook over the rim.
    How to brew loose leaf tea in two different ways: with a tea ball or with a kitchen strainer. Simple instructions with lots of pictures!
  3. Pour the freshly boiled water over the tea ball, leaving space at the top of the cup so it won't spill.
    How to brew loose leaf tea in two different ways: with a tea ball or with a kitchen strainer. Simple instructions with lots of pictures!
  4. Steep according to the type of tea. Green tea should be steeped about 2 minutes; black tea should be steeped from about 3 to 5 minutes, depending on how strong you like it.
  5. Remove the tea ball and enjoy!

How to Brew Loose Leaf Tea with a Mesh Strainer

  1. Pour 1 cup of freshly boiled water into a heat safe vessel with a pouring spout (I use a large glass measuring cup for this purpose).
  2. Add about a teaspoon of loose leaf tea and steep according to the type of tea. Green tea should be steeped about 2 minutes; black tea should be steeped from about 3 to 5 minutes, depending on how strong you like it.
  3. Place the mesh strainer over your tea cup or mug and pour the steeped tea through it. The strainer will catch the tea leaves. Remove the strainer and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Tiny pieces of tea leaves may remain in the cup. This is normal.