Loose Leaf Tea
Is your morning cuppa an experience?
Tea comes in many forms.
Why loose leaf?
People don’t just drink tea for its extensive health benefits. It’s also a treat, a way to relax and unwind, to really savour something. Loose leaf tea can give you a full tea drinking experience: pleasant aromas and a full flavour mean that you can truly appreciate this amazing plant and the drink it creates.
Some things are worth waiting for, meant to be enjoyed. And choosing luxury over convenience in this case doesn’t just give you a better cup of tea, it’s better for your health, your mood, and the planet.
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But what actually is tea?
All ‘real tea’ as we know it (Green, Black, White, Oolong and even Pu’erh) actually comes from the same plant: Camellia Sinensis
The many differences in both colour and taste come from levels of oxidisation and the plant in question.
Anything else, while sometimes called “tea”, is more accurately referred to as an herbal tea or tisane. Tisanes include chamomile, rooibos and fruit teas.
Click below to find more information and handy videos on all things tea.
Don’t know your Wu Dong from your Oolong?
Then you’re not alone. Here at Letterbox Infusions, we are determined to prove that it doesn’t take a tea expert to brew up a delicious cup of interesting and flavourful tea.
We all start somewhere. Our tea range will evolve alongside our customers; taking us from the simplest of English Breakfasts to delightfully delicate Silver Needle.
With each tea purchase, we offer a suggestion of how much tea to use per cup. Adding more (or less) tea will affect the strength, so do have a play around and find what works for you.
Most guides give measurements in grams. If you are looking around your kitchen to find scales accurate enough to measure 3gms – don’t worry! Why not try. . . a teaspoon? All of our brew guides provide measurements in teaspoons, as the average teaspoon holds 3-5 grams of tea. Don’t forget to experiment. For many Assams and Breakfast blends a larger dessertspoon can be used for a proper strong cuppa.
How long you choose to brew or steep your tea for will affect the strength and depth of flavour.
If you like a really subtle taste of Darjeeling maybe brew a little less than we suggest, if you like your Ceylon super strong then increase the brew time by a minute. . . or however long you like! We are not here to tell you how you like your tea is wrong!
In general, the longer the brew time the stronger the flavour – but be careful. Many first brews of Green can result in disaster. Be patient, use the guide and don’t overbrew – the taste should be sweet, not bitter.
Water temperature is key in brewing tea. Lots of people think they don’t like Green Tea as their experience of it is bitter and strong.
Good quality Green Tea made with a lower temperature water and for a much shorter brew time is a completely different experience.
You can buy kettles with temperature controls on: however; you can also mix cold water into boiling to get the right temperature (approximately 50ml to 150ml of boiling to get 80°C) or leave the water to cool before pouring over the leaves (approximately 3 minutes after boiling).
Not quite sure where to begin?
Usually an English Breakfast with milk and sugar sort of person? Don’t fear!
Try our ‘Tasting Set’ – you will receive a selection of our 5 favourite teas, as well as a card to keep a track of your own favourites. For a limited time, you will also receive a free tea ball infuser – so there’s no excuse to still be using those plastic teabags.