How do I make a great cup of tea with loose leaf tea?
When people ask me about tea, this question comes up quite often. To answer this question: it depends. Do you like your tea strong and robust? Or do you like a milder, more subtle flavor? It really comes down to just that. How do you personally like your tea. There are some "rules" to making tea, but feel free to break them if it works for you.
Every great cup of tea starts with great water.
Good water is so important to a great cup of tea. Start with spring water if you have it. If not filtered tap water is ok. Some people use distilled water, but I don't care for it. Do not use unfiltered tap water!
How much tea do I use?
It depends. For heavy, dense teas you will generally use less. For light fluffy teas use more. How big is your container? Obviously you will use less for a mug than for a large teapot. A good rule of thumb is, if you're makng a large mug, start with a teaspoon of tea. If it's too strong use less next time. If it's too weak, use more. Experiment!