Introduction: How to Make Loose Leaf Tea

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Tea Pot (Preferably Tetsubin)
Tea cups
Tea strainer
Loose leaf tea
Microwave and microwave safe cup 
Oven mitts

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1. Fill your tea pot with about 12 ounces of water (a cup and half).  

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2. Pour the water from the teapot into microwave safe cup.

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3. Make sure cup fits in microwave and if not pour into cups that do. 

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4. Place microwave safe cup into the microwave and heat to boil. Typically 3 min per 8 oz of water.

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5. While the water is reaching a boil, open your tea and measure out your tea using a teaspoon. (Note: Depending on the size of your teapot, you will only need 1 teaspoon of tea per 8 ounces of water, so for this project, use one and a half teaspoon of tea)

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6. Place measured amount of tea into the tea strainer.

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7. Open the top of the teapot and place tea strainer into the top of the teapot.

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8. Once the water is boiling and steps 4-6 are complete, remove the water from microwave. (Note: water and steam will be very hot use oven mitts)

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9. If you are making Oolong tea go to step 10, Green tea go to step 11, Black tea go to step 12, Red/Rooibos tea go to step 13, White tea go to 14.

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10. Oolong Tea is best steeped (left in the hot water) at 190 F for 5 to 8 minutes

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11. Green Tea is best steeped (left in hot water) at 150-160 F for 2-4 minutes (Note: Green tea is very fragile if left in water longer than 4 minutes then the tea will become bitter)

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12. Black Tea is best steeped (left in hot water) at 208 F for 4-6 minutes

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13. Red/Rooibos is best steeped (left in hot water) at 212 F for 4-6 minutes

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14. White Tea is best steeped (left in hot water) at 180 F for 4-6 minutes

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15. Once water has reached the desired temperature for the specific tea you are steeping, pour the hot water into the teapot.

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16. Cover teapot and steep for designated time

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17. Once done steeping, remove tea strainer from the teapot and set the strainer aside (Note: may be very hot). Pour Tea into a mug.

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Enjoy! (Note: May be very hot)


JacobB135 (author)2016-08-10

Terrible Instructable used Virginia Tech cup. jk it was quite helpful

keastes (author)2012-10-17

i can see this working for those that have the proper teapot or infuser, but i just cheat, i use my french press.

npatrick3 (author)keastes2012-10-17

I never thought of it that way! although my french press has had so much coffee in it I would be afraid of trace flavors

keastes (author)npatrick32012-10-17

i wont lie to you that does happen, but it was my only option after my good teapot got broken.

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