The Tea Detective
Uncovering and Exploring the Facts About Tea
 How to Measure Loose Tea For Brewing
 More and more people are switching from tea bags and trying loose-leaf tea forthe first time.  If you are one of them, congratulations, you've taken the leap  and a whole new world of fresh, healthy, flavorful tea is waiting for you.
 But along with using loose tealikely comes a million questions,many you probably never evenconsidered when drinking bagged tea.  One of the most frequent questions asked by new loose tea drinkers is about measuring and how much tea to use to brew a cup or pot of tea.That's a really good question, because the amount of tea you use is one of the most important aspects of brewing a good tasting cup of tea.  Unfortunately there is no one answer, but rather several differentthings to consider when brewing loose leaf tea.Many times the directions say to use one teaspoon of loose tea for every six ounces of water.  And this is okay-sometimes. But today with all the different
 types and styles of tea to choose from, there is no one size fits all measure.                                                  Another thing to consider along with the type, style, and size of                                                your tea, is the cup size.  The one teaspoon per six ounces of                                                water, was based on your grandma's dainty china cups.  Today                                                most of us use mugs or travel mugs that hold anywhere from                                                eight to 24 ounces or more.                                                So you can see where the "1 tsp. per cup" measure flies out the window, and isn't always relevant.  But there's an easy way to figure out the correct amount of loose tea no matter the type-style, or size mug you use.The easiest way to get an accurate measure for how much loose tea to use is by weighing it.  Get an inexpensive kitchen scale that is calibrated in grams.  For most teas the ideal ratio is 2 to 3 grams of tea for every 6 ounces of water.So for, say, an 18 ounce travel mug you would use between 6 to 9 grams of loose tea.  The next question is, how much does 6 to 9 grams of tea equal?  Let's do some comparisons to find out.