How Best to Brew Blooming or Loose Tea
The Perfect Amount
Step One: Start by gently dropping one blooming tea ball or by measuring your loose leaf tea. Generally, for loose leaf tea you should measure 1 teaspoon loose leaf tea per 8 oz cup of tea. However, fluffier blends such as white teas and Chamomile may require as much as one tablespoon or more, while denser teas such as Gunpowder may require less than one teaspoon.
Place the measured tea directly in an infuser. Next place the infuser in your mug/teapot.
Heat The Perfect Water
Step Two: Next, heat your water to the temperature suggested below. Use fresh water whenever possible - water that has been sitting in your kettle overnight may impart a flat or stale taste to your tea. Be careful not to boil your water for too long. Over boiled water can sometimes impart an unwanted taste.
If you don’t have a thermometer handy to measure your water temperature, don’t worry! Here’s an easy way to estimate 180° F, 195° F and 212° F.
Blooming, Green & White 180° F = bubbles form on the bottom of the pot
Oolong 195° F = the first bubbles begin to rise
Black, Herbal & Pu-Erh 212° F = full rolling boil
Time To Steep
Step Three: Pour your heated water through the tea-filled infuser.
Measure 1 cup (8 oz) hot water per cup of tea.
Be sure the tea is covered completely with water. Steep your tea for the amount of time shown below. When enough time has elapsed, remove the Blooming Tea Ball, T-sac or infuser. Keep in mind that brewing your tea for too long can extract undesirable bitterness from the leaves, so steeping time matters! For a stronger brew, don’t steep longer, just use more tea.
Black & Pu-Erh -- 3-5 minutes
Oolong -- 4-7 minutes
Green & White -- 2-3 minutes
Herbal/Fruit/Tisanes -- 5-7 minutes