FAQ

Frequently asked questions

FAQ

How many servings do I get from my bag of loose leaf tea?


One serving of loose leaf tea is a teaspoon. A 1.5 ounce bag of tea will typically yield about 20 to 25 servings of tea if your servings are one teaspoon or slightly over. A 4 ounce bag of loose leaf tea will yield about 55 to 65 servings. Remember, unlike boxed tea, loose leaf tea can be steeped twice. So in reality, your 1.5 ounce bag will give you 50 cups of tea, and your 4 ounce bag can give you about 130.




How many times can I steep my tea?


Unlike boxed tea that comes in a tea bag, loose leaf tea can be steeped twice, sometimes even more. Some loose leaf teas, such as certain oolong varieties, can even be steeped up to eleven times. That is a lot more bang for your buck compared to pre-made boxed tea. Why is this? Loose leaf tea is the highest quality tea leaf. It is made of the larger tea leaves that are cut and sifted. The process of being harvested is also very careful, making sure to avoid ripping leaves which causes them to become bitter. Pre-packaged tea bags are made of the leftover dust and twigs from the high quality leaves that is used for loose leaf tea.




Can I use any temperature water to prepare my tea?


Short answer, no. Long answer, each tea, white, green, oolong, black, puerh, tisane, etc., require different temperatures of water, as well as different steeping times, in order to make the perfect tea. We recommend purchasing an electric kettle that has various temperature settings so that you always get the perfect temperature water to infuse your tea. Each bag of loose leaf tea from Tucson Tea is labled with the recommended temperature as well as the recommended steeping times for each respective tea.




What happens if I steep my tea for too long?


This depeends on the tea, but if (most) tea is steeped for too long, it may become bitter. We recommend setting a timer, usually 1-3 minutes if you are steeping your loose leaf tea for the first time, in order to make the perfect tea every time. Each bag of loose leaf tea from Tucson Tea is labled with the recommended temperature as well as the recommended steeping times for each respective tea.




How long should I let my tea steep for the second infusion?


This also depends on the tea. For most teas, you want to add an additional 1 to 2 minutes.




Can I use any water for my tea?


We recommend you use filtered spring water since minerals in tap water may alter the taste of your tea, and the minerals may build up in your tea kettle.





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