In an age of instant this and microwaveable that, weighing and measuring your tea leaves before steeping can seem like more fuss and bother than it’s worth. But I can give you 4 reasons to the contrary:
Tea isn’t rocket science, so what’s with all the weighing and measuring of the tea leaves when steeping up a potful? I’ve come up with 4 reasons for all the fuss.
Ways to Weigh (and Measure) Your Tea
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Taste is what tea drinking is all about. Steeping tea to get the best taste, though, can be tricky business. Water temperature and quality, the steeping vessel, the quality and processing of the tea — these all make a real difference in the way a tea tastes. Just as crucial, though, is the ratio of tea leaves to water. That’s where weighing comes in. And the ratio depends in large part on your personal taste.
Tea steeping isn’t rocket science, but the precision of your methods (or lack thereof) can vary the results. Instead of a buttery feel to that High-roasted Anxi Tie Guan Yin, you could end up with a thin, watery, and mostly flavorless brew, for example.
The more precise your methods, the more consistent your results. You were able to achieve the right level of ripe, fruity taste in that Oriental Beauty Tea (Formosa Oolong Tea) the last time you steeped it and want that experience again.
Once you’ve “played around” with your tea and figured out the right ratio of tea to water, you can note it in a tea journal or one of those phone apps or online sites and then have a consistent steeping the next time around. Well, pretty consistent. Tea leaves will vary a bit as they are stored, even when you take great care with them. That’s just natural.
Precision and consistency in your methods leads to maximization of your dry tea. You bought a half pound (one quarter kilo or 227 grams) of Keemun black tea. Using four teaspoons to make a 4-cup pot of tea means you get a maximum of twelve 4-cup potfuls out of that bag. Measuring assures you get that maximum amount from the tea you bought.
Also, you’ll want to maximize your enjoyment. Tea vendors often post a certain weight of tea leaves to use per a certain amount of water as part of their steeping instructions. This could be in the number of grams, teaspoons, “pearls,” or even “blooms.” Often it’s shown as a suggestion to get you started, but it’s also a way to maximize your enjoyment of the tea, since this ratio can affect the “stuff” from the leaves that gets infused into the water. As with any vendor’s steeping instructions, you will need to do your own experimentation to comes up with just the right ratio. But if you don’t weigh or measure, you’re just guessing.
Next time you think you don’t have the time to weigh and or measure out your tea leaves for steeping, keep these simple thoughts in mind. They’ll help you get the most out of your tea purchase!
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