How to Make Loose Leaf Tea




Introduction: How to Make Loose Leaf Tea

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

Step 1:

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

Step 2:

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

Step 3:

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

Step 4:

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

Step 5:

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)

Step 6:

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

Step 7:

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

Step 8:

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)

Step 9:

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.

Step 10:

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

Step 11:

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)

Step 12:

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

Step 13:

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

Step 14:

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

Step 15:

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

Step 16:

16. Cover teapot and steep for designated time

Step 17:

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.

Step 18:

Enjoy! (Note: May be very hot)

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    4 Discussions


    3 years ago

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


    7 years ago on Introduction

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


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    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


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

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