There's a sense of slowness and beauty when it comes to brewing loose-leaf tea. Perhaps because it's an opportunity to experience something more meaningful, rather than simply dunking a tea bag in hot water - a ritual that is gentle and comforting. One you can continually look forward to, despite the busyness of daily life.
But what tools do you actually need to brew loose-leaf tea at home? Today, we're sharing a handful of practical options, no matter how well equipped your kitchen might be.
1. First of all, we're championing the simplicity of a single cup infuser. For the everyday tea-drinker who enjoys a cup for themselves, you'll love the ease of popping an infuser straight into your favourite mug. The Webster's Tea Infuser is made from durable stainless steel with an ultra-fine mesh basket. This keeps the small leaves in place while allowing the larger tea leaves plenty of room to expand for a more beautiful-tasting brew.
2. If you're brewing tea for 2 or more, you'll love the nostalgic feel of a teapot. We especially recommend one with an infuser built in such as our ceramic 1-2 cup or 2-3 cup pot. If you prefer a clean and minimal aesthetic, our medium or large glass teapots allow you to see the vibrant colour of your loose-leaf tea as it steeps. Plus, you couldn't find a better vessel for making cold-brew tea (find our simple method here).
3. In the absence of a tea-specific infuser, your humble coffee plunger can be an excellent alternative! Just be sure to give it a thorough clean out first using detergent and hot water to ensure there aren't any lingering coffee flavours left behind.
4. Found yourself at the beach house with a very basic kitchen? If you're in a pinch, a slotted spoon or classic plastic-rimmed sieve can be used to strain your tea leaves. You'll need two vessels: one to brew in, and another to strain into. It might not be as clean and tidy as a tea infuser, but sometimes you have to get creative and make the most of what you have!
Ready to dive into the beautiful world of loose-leaf tea? Browse our practical range of tea accessories here.
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