Organic loose leaf tea has tons of health benefits, but in order to really reap the benefits we must know the proper ways to brew tea and the types of teas to brew. Organic loose leaf tea is loaded with antioxidants and some teas have a substantial amount of caffeine. Choosing the right organic loose leaf tea for you will largely depend on your desired level of caffeine and personal taste preference. Check out our “Tea Culture” page to learn more about each tea type.
There are many ways to brew organic loose leaf teas. The preferred method will depend on how much time you have, the type of tea you are brewing, and whether you want a hot or iced tea.
If you are in a pinch and need to head straight out the door, just spoon the right amount of loose leaf tea for one serving into a disposable filter and add it to a tumbler with hot water. Having a quality insulated tumbler will guarantee that your tea stays hot and fresh. If you want to let your tea leaves steep freely in your desired mug, tumbler, or pitcher, then simply use a tea strainer to strain your loose leaf tea when you are ready to drink.
The higher the water temperature, the less time it will take to steep your tea. However, you should not use water hotter than the suggested temperature or you might end up with bitter and distasteful tea.
If cold tea for a hot summer day is what you want, then a pitcher with a built in tea filter will make the experience refreshing and relaxing. Just add enough loose leaf teas for the volume of tea you’d like to make and add the desired amount of cold water. Cold brewing can eliminate the bitter tea taste from brewing tea with water that is too hot. If you have time to wait, just add water to your pitcher with the loose leaf teas and place your pitcher in the refrigerator for at least four hours. When you are ready to enjoy your tea, it’ll be cold and ready to drink. If you don’t have too much time, simply add room temperature and let your tea steep for about one hour. Add ice to your tea to chill when you are ready to enjoy.
A faster way to make iced tea is to steep your tea using hot water first, let cool for about 10 minutes and add ice to chill. Even though this is faster it may yield a different taste than the cold brewing method.
Tea steeping in order of least to most time required:
- Steep tea using tumbler and tea filters for on the go.
- Steep tea in a mug with warm to hot water and strain when ready to drink with a tea strainer.
- Steep tea with room temperature water in a pitcher with filter for 1 hour and add ice when ready.
- Steep tea with cold water in a pitcher in a refrigerator for 3-4 hours and enjoy when ready.