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Brew Tea in Weck Jar

How to brew loose leaf tea in a weck jar or mason jar?

brewing tea weck mason jar

What you'll need

  • Loose Leaf Tea
  • Weck Jar or Mason Jar (8 oz of water)
  • Scale
  • A pitcher and teacups for sharing OR a large mug to enjoy solo
  • Strainer

Brew time

1 - 2 minutes (depending on the tea and personal taste). You can re-steep the tea leaves for at least 2-3 more times, so don't discard the leaves right after the first infusion.

Step by step 

In this guide we are brewing our Baozhong oolong tea, which has a twisted leaf shape. Twisted leaf tea (Baozhong or Jade Rouge) steeps faster than rolled leaf tea (Frozen Summit) so the brewing time should be closer to 1 minute instead of 2. With the ratio we provided (6 grams of tea and 8 oz of water), we suggest 3 steepings using the same tea leaves, though feel free adjust pending on your taste. We recommend completing all your steepings within the day. Our suggested steeping time can vary by tea, though don't be shy to experiment. Try and see what works for your palate.


Step 1 

Weigh out 6 grams of tea.

loose oolong tea leaves on plate


Step 2

Use hot water (195, 200 or 212 degree F) to rinse your weck jar / mason jar. This is the same temperature you will use to brew the tea. Heating your vessel to your intended brewing temperature will allow more precise brewing temperature. Please refer to individual tea pages for suggested brewing temperature by tea.

warm weck jar or mason jar with hot water


Step 3

Pour out the water. Add the loose leaf tea to your brewing equipment.

loose tea leaves weck jar


Step 4

Add water to your tea. Generically, the water should be lower (~195 degrees F) for twisted tea leaves and higher (~212 degrees F) for tightly rolled tea leaves. Pour the water in a circular motion to ensure all the tea leaves are being properly hydrated. Cover your vessel to maintain temperature.

add hot water to loose leaf tea loose leaf tea in weck jar


Step 5

Make sure the tea leaves are wet evenly, use a spoon if necessary to stir the loose tea leaves. The loose leaf tea leaves will expand. Let the tea brew for the necessary amount of time. 

 loose leaf expanded


Step 6

When the steeping time is over. Put the strainer on top of the pitcher and carefully pour the tea out of the weck jar.

strainer ready straining the tea


Step 7

You will notice some loose leaf tea leaves in the strainer. Remove the strainer from the pitcher.

loose leaf stuck in strainer


Step 8

Pour the tea in cups and enjoy.

 pouring tea in cups




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