How Much Loose Tea per Cup of Water

By June 7, 2017

As a new tea drinkers, one of the most common questions you might ask is “how much loose tea per cup of water?” Of course there are several factors that determine how great your brewed cup of tea will be, such as steeping time and types of tea. But the amount of tea leaves is one of the most important aspects of making a good tasting one. Both too many and too few tea leaves will be disappointing and a waste of potentially delicious tea. (How many tea bags you should use for a gallon of tea)

loose tea per cup of water


A teaspoon of tea is recommended for every six ounces of tea according to many tea websites and loose tea box labels. In case of somebody has no idea about the unit of measurement, my best advice is to weigh any new loose tea you are trying for the first time. Once you are familiar with the leaf and know the right volume to use, you can remember and alter the amount according to your taste by adding less or more next time, or by adding sugar, sweetener or lemon. If brewing in a pot, you can decide how many cups of tea you brew, and then measure the loose tea accordingly. A four-cup tea pot needs four teaspoons of loose tea.

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Brewing tea

While heating the water put the loose tea leaves into the cup or pot. For black and herbal tea, let the water come to a boil in a teapot, but for green and white tea, bring water to a pre-boil, just at the beginning of the bubble is formed, and remove from the heat. Before adding sugar or other additions or before removing the tea leaves, pour water into the tea and let it brew for a few minutes. Do not steep your tea too long, you need to remove leaves, pour tea through a strainer into a different cup (a teapot with infuser may be your best choice). When the tea is brewing, you can use a tea strainer or a tea infuser to hold the tea leaves, so that you can easily remove the tea leaves. If you want strong tea flavor, put the tea in the glass and drink the last few sips carefully. Don’t swallow them.



Black tea, herbal tea, green tea and white tea are types of tea which come as loose tea. Black and herbal tea usually stays the same size when brewed, but white and green tea usually expands so you end up with half a cup of brewed tea leaves. Green and white tea is strong in flavor so you might realize that just a half teaspoon of loose tea is enough for your tastes.


Standard measurements also fail to take the individual’s preference for tea into account. So don’t too concern about how much loose tea you should add to per cup of water. Perhaps you prefer your tea on the strong, astringent flavor because you enjoy adding milk and sugar. Or you might like to drink some mild tea and therefore like a brew that is a tad weak. Whatever you like, these are simple guidelines that make you closer to your perfect cup of tea.

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