I enjoy tea multiple times a day, and I just started getting into drinking delicious loose teas. My boyfriend brought me home from Florida some amazing loose tea blends from a store called Teavana. However, my tea ball broke.
This is a great, quick, and easy way to make a disposable tea bag for my loose tea leaves. It takes only a matter of minutes, and are perfect for single serve tea's. The best thing is that it is made from coffee filters which is always in our house.
Once you complete this you will have a cute teabag, which mimics the shape of a Lipton Teabag, and filled with your own personal tea leaves! Enjoy your tea <3
Step 1: Materials
What you need:
Loose Tea Leaves
Step 2: Cutting the Coffee Filter
Start by cutting two sides off of the coffee filter. This should give you a rectangular shape.
Start by cutting a small amount off the sides and testing the loose teas. I have cut the width of one too many tea bags too small and did not have proper room for the tea leaves.
Step 3: Add in Your Tea Leaves
Now, take the proper amount of tea leaves and spoon them into the center of the cut filter paper. Spread the leaves out along the length of the paper, leaving space along the edges.
Make sure to leave a space in the center of the paper with no tea leaves. This space is where the tea bag will be folded in half in the next step.
Next, fold the two cut sides in towards the middle of the bag evenly. You may need to move some of the loose tea a bit to properly fold the bag. Try and overlap the two folds. If they are overlapped a bit, when they expand in the hot water the tea bags wont open and release all the loose tea into your water.
Step 4: Final Fold and Staple
Finally, fold the tea bag in half along the center line of empty space you made. Fold the tea bag so that the folded sides are on the inside of the fold.
Finally, make a small fold at the top of the open filter. Then fold the excess top of the filter down and staple.
If you want, before you staple the fold down you can add a string to the tea bag. If you do not have string handy, just place the tea bag as is in your tea cup and fish it out with your spoon when you are ready to remove it.