Steep loose leaf tea with no tools
How to brew loose leaf tea with no tools?
What you'll need
- A cup or large mug
1 - 2 minutes (depending on the tea and personal taste). You can re-steep the tea leaves by adding more hot water for at least 2-3 more times, so don't discard the leaves right after the first infusion.
Step by step
There is nothing better than a homemade cup of tea. And this method can be utilize in the most desperate of situations since it uses no tools, just a mug and your teeth.
Use your hand to measure the tea. Approximation works because if it's too strong you can add more water and if it's too light, you can increase steeping time. Add loose leaf tea directly into the cup.
Use hot water (195, 200 or 212 degree F) add over the leaves. Please refer to individual tea pages for suggested brewing temperature by tea.
You will see the tea leaves expanding and starting to sink to the bottom of the cup.
Drink directly from the cup. If necessary use your teeth as a strainer.
Like any other loose leaf tea, brewing more than once is recommended. Just add hot water.
The more steepings are made, the more the leaves sink to the bottom of the cup. Making it easier to drink.
One trick: Add hot water for your subsequent steepings when you have about 1/3 of the tea left. The bottom of the infusion tends to get more concentrated since we aren't straining the teas. By the time you get to the end of the infusion, the tea is also no longer hot. Add hot water when you have about 1/3 of the infusion left, that way you get a second cup of tea that's perfect in strength and temperature.
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