Frequently Asked Questions About Tea

1. How long is loose leaf tea good for?

There are many variables that can impact the shelf life of loose leaf tea. The best way to maximize the life of your tea (including green, white, black, herbal and oolong varieties) is to store in airtight containers in a dark, dry, cool cupboard. 

Properly stored, your loose leaf tea will keep its quality for 18 to 24 months.

While loose leaf tea won't go rancid, per se, it will lose flavor and aroma over time. So do yourself a favor and brew the best with fresh tea leaves.

2. How to use loose leaf tea? 

Loose leaf is tea is very easy to brew. The only piece of equipment needed is a extra piece of 'teaware' to get you started for you to steep your tea without getting a mess. Some people like using paper bags to simply scoop their tea in before brewing, I personally like a metal tea basket that I can wash out between each use. 

  1. Heat your water per your tea's brewing instructions.
  2. Portion out your tea into your steeping instrument.
  3. Steep your tea per your tea's brewing instructions.
  4. Cool, if needed. Enjoy! 

3. Where to buy loose leaf tea?

Loose leaf tea can be tricky to find. Often conventional grocery stores have limited loose leaf options. Your best options are at specialty store or to purchase your tea online.

4. How much loose leaf tea per cup?

The general rule of thumb for loose leaf tea is 1 teaspoon of water for each cup of water plus "one for the teapot." This will vary depending on the type and freshness of your leaves, as well as your own personal preference. Go ahead and experiment! 

5. Is loose leaf tea more expensive than bagged tea?

You can expect to pay two to three times as much for loose-leaf tea. That said, tea is one of the most inexpensive beverage options on the market. A cup of loose leaf tea may cost $0.50 USD on the high end, but many of us pay several dollars for a cup of morning coffee. A small increase in investment will make a huge difference in terms of your tea quality.

6. Why does loose leaf tea taste better than bagged tea?

Traditional tea bags are filled with the "dust and fannings" from broken tea leaves. These are the then often packed tightly into small bags that give little room for the broken tea leaves to absorb water and release flavors during the steeping process. Alternatively, loose-leaf tea has room to absorb water and expand while infusing. As the water flows through the leaves, it extracts a wide range of vitamins, minerals, flavors, and aromas.

7. What is loose leaf tea?

The definition of loose-leaf tea is fairly straightforward, it is tea that is brewed without a teabag. 

8. Can loose leaf tea be composted?

Yes! Like other teas, loose leaf can be easily composted. In fact, tea leaves are a good source of nitrogen organic material for your soil.

9. Can loose leaf tea be steeped more than once? 

Absolutely. On average, loose leaf tea can be steeped 4-5 times total. The time necessary for a full steep increases with each brew, so read your brewing instructions and adjust accordingly.

 

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