Loose Leaf Tea / The Ultimate Guide
How long does Loose Leaf Tea Last?
The shelf life of loose leaf tea varies greatly depending on the type of tea and how you store it.
Generally speaking, high-quality teas that are properly stored will remain fresh for about a year. Loose leaf teas with more delicate flavours may lose their flavour after 6 months or so. It's best to keep loose leaf tea away from light and air to maximize freshness.
How to make Loose Leaf Tea?
Many people enjoy loose leaf tea because it’s easy to make. The process is similar for all teas, but there are a few things you should know before you begin.
Here's our Brewing Guide for each type of tea:
BLACK TEA - BOILING - STEEP FOR 2-5 MINS
OOLONG TEA - BOILING - STEEP FOR 2-5 MINS
GREEN TEA - BELOW BOILING - STEEP 1-3 MINS
WHITE TEA - BELOW BOILING - STEEP 2-5 MINS
HERBAL & ROOIBOS TEA - BOILING - STEEP 4-6 MINS
You'll need an infuser to make loose leaf tea, there are many different options. A basket style infuser, a pincer style infuser, paper drawstring tea filters, or a french press.
How much Loose Leaf Tea to use?
1 tsp loose leaf tea per 6-8oz of water. You can create a stronger infusion by using more tea. For iced teas and tea lattes, you'll want to double the amount of tea and half the hot water to create a strong tea concentrate. From there you can pour the concentrate over ice or add steamed milk for a flavourful tea latte experience.
Are Loose Leaf Teas better?
Yes. There are a lot of reasons why loose leaf teas are better than bagged teas, but here are some of the most important ones:
Bagged tea often contains fillers and preservatives that aren’t necessary. This means they're not as healthy or tasty as loose leaf teas. Tea bag material can also contain microplastics that leech into your cuppa.
Our tealish sachets are all 100% plant-based and biodegradable - no plastics!
Loose leaf tea allows you to control how much tea you use and what goes into each cup.
Do all Loose Leaf Teas contain caffeine?
No. Black, Oolong, Green and White teas contain caffeine at varying levels.
Herbal and Rooibos teas do not contain any caffeine at all.
Are loose leaf teas most cost-effective?
Yes, by using less packaging and buying in bulk - loose leaf tea is the most cost effective way to drink tea. Our teas are less than .75 cents per cup.