As Aleta and Mia have gone through the Loose leaf tea journey (read all about it HERE) and have compiled some tips and tricks a long the way. Today we are going to share a couple of those tips with you in the hopes that if you are on the fence about loose leaf tea, we can help you get started!
Start with a good tea: This is where all great things begin 😉
The key to loose-leaf tea is to have a great blend that can really “move around” and steep to perfection. This will vary for each individual person and their individual preference. For example: both Mia and Aleta like the Twinings Blackcurrent Black tea, however Mia could not get past the loose leaf version of the tea, while Aleta was able to enjoy it from time to time. There wasn’t anything wrong with the blend, it is actually quite delicious, but rather an individual preference. There is a difference in the leaves and loose leaf tea’s can potentially be more full flavored than pre bagged tea’s.
If you are looking for some good blends to try, of course all of the blends in the Shoppe are top blends and are tried-and-true favorites of two “pretty snobby” tea-lovers. Any of these tea’s will be perfect for morning, afternoon, or evening and they are all, of course, delicious. Remember the blend mentioned in the loose leaf tea journey post that started Aleta and Mia down the road of loose leaf tea? It is available in the shoppe, any guesses as to which one it is? Realistically, any of the blends currently stocked will give you that same feeling and send you down the rabbit hole 🙂
Find your preferred steeping tool: Now that you’ve found your perfect, yummy tea, what do you?
Loose leaf tea is just as easy to make as bagged tea…the secret is to find your perfect steeping tool as there are several different options. You can use draw string tea filters (which are typically available in different varieties), tea strainers, and infusion balls. Each of those categories then has it’s own even further differences, so there is a lot to choose from. Do not let this variety overwhelm you! When in doubt, simply give something a try! If you’re not loving using the tea strainer, try the draw string filter. We have found that when you are getting started, there is not right or wrong way to do things and it takes a little while to get what you think is perfect for you.
Something else to keep in mind as you are looking at how you want to steep your tea, you may prefer something different if you are making tea in a pot over making tea in a mug. Mia typically prefers to use a strainer with my potted tea, but sticks with either a draw string bag or an infuser ball with mugs. It also will vary whether you are steeping on the go (or in your office) and steeping at home. For Aleta, she uses her mesh tea strainer at home and a draw string filter for on the go.
Realistically that is all you need to know for loose leaf tea! It may seem daunting, but it’s not! Let’s throw in one more tip…
Don’t be afraid to mix and match: Want to try and be a Tea Apothecary?
One of the best things about loose-leaf tea is the ability to somewhat customize what you want to taste at any given time. Loose leaf tea is stored in tins and when you are preparing your perfect pot or cup, you scoop the amount of your desired blend and pour it into your strainer, filter, infuser, whatever you have chosen to steep in. Let’s say you really want a strong black tea with a hint of other flavors? Place some standard loose leaf black tea in your filter and then a lighter amount of whatever flavoring that you would like. Aleta did this just recently with 2 scoops of Barry’s (a heavenly, smooth Irish tea) and 1 scoop of Blueberry Morning. Perfection! Mia does the same thing in the mornings (when she isn’t restricted) with half a scoop of a standard English Breakfast Tea and a full scoop of whichever blend from the Shoppe she is preferring that morning.
You can certainly mix and match with bagged tea’s – Aleta used to with two bagged tea’s of a black tea and one Earl Grey bagged tea – but it is so much easier to combine with loose leaf tea! All you have to do is scoop and steep! It allows you to make exactly what you like in that very moment and allows you to have what easily may be the perfect cup!
So, are you ready to start down the loose leaf tea road? If not, what questions do you have?