In my experience as a tea room owner and now a person with a tea-ish website, I've noticed that most people are flummoxed by loose leaf tea. So I've include a page on my site for some of the most frequently asked questions that have come up over the past few years. And the most common question I've gotten is how to brew a proper cup of loose leaf tea. Here's a little T-torial for you . . .
Start by adding one level teaspoon of loose tea per cup into your infuser. My Bee House teapot brews two cups, so I'm scooping two teaspoons of tea into its handy built-in infuser.
Bring fresh, cold water to a full boil. When filling your kettle, remember to never use hot
tap water or water that has already been boiled as this will result in a
flat tasting tea. (If you'd like, you can warm your teapot with the just boiled water for a minute and then discard that water. Personally, I never bother with this step.)
Pour the boiling water over the leaves. (For herbals and green teas, you should use water that is slightly cooler, just before boiling.) Steep for approximately 3-5 minutes, depending on the type of tea. Herbals can go longer; black teas are best steeped just 3 minutes so they don't get bitter. I use a sweet little three-minute egg timer to time my tea.
Time to pour. Pretty easy, right? So don't be afraid of using loose leaf tea. It will brew a better, more flavorful cup because hot water can circulate around the leaves more than with leaves confined in a tea bag.
Gotta go or my cup of tea will get cold!