Printable Tea Guide

Here you’ll find a printable guide that contains our full list of teas and herbs with their recommended infusion instructions. It's available in both metric (g/ml/°C) and imperial (oz/fl oz/°F).

Below this are some general tips and tricks for enjoying loose leaf tea.

Scales

It's best to use scales the first few times making loose leaf tea as they are far more precise - microgram (0.1g) scales are best, because you're using such small amounts of precious leaves (but they might make you look like a drug dealer...)

Volumes

We provide measurements for a standard teacup (150ml / 5.5 fl oz), so please increase the amount of tea used if you are using a mug (usually 240ml / 8 fl oz) or see our Gaiwan Guide if you are using a gaiwan.

Temperature

For water, a temperature-controlled kettle is the easiest way to get the right temperature, otherwise, adding a 25ml (1 oz) measure of cold water to the pot before topping up with just-boiled water will reduce the temperature by ~10-15°C (18-27°F). You can also leave the water in a just-boiled kettle to cool*.

Time

During the infusion process, we recommend trying your tea every 10-20 seconds to find your perfect infusion. But don't wait too long - the best flavours are often revealed in the first 90 seconds. If you like your tea stronger, add more tea rather than leave it for longer. It will just become more bitter over time.

Infusion

Once infused to your taste, please drain the teapot completely - don't leave water on the leaf. This is like leaving a perfectly cooked steak in the frying pan. This leaves your leaves in perfect condition for second infusions (most of our teas can be reinfused for a second delicious cup).

*This can take a surprisingly long time - around 5 minutes per 10°C (18°F). This obviously depends on ambient temperature, whether your kettle has the lid open, and how well your kettle is insulated - a thermometer will tell you the whole story.

Teaspoon measurements?

We don't provide teaspoon/tablespoon measurements because in our experience they can vary hugely in size, as do the tea leaves. We've left a notes column if you would like to include your own teaspoon measurements.